5. Japan — Japan moved up two positions to number five this year, thanks to its political and economic stability. The nation scores in the top 10 for categories including entrepreneurship, up-and-coming economies, and countries with the most cultural influence.

RANKED: The 24 best countries in the world

5. Japan — Japan moved up two positions to number five this year, thanks to its political and economic stability. The nation scores in the top 10 for categories including entrepreneurship, up-and-coming economies, and countries with the most cultural influence.

23. South Korea — It's home to an impressive 12 UNESCO Heritage Sites, but while South Korea owes a lot to the 18 million tourists who visit each year, most of its success is due to its "high-tech, service-based economy," which contributes to its $1.3 trillion GDP.

RANKED: The 24 best countries in the world

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22. United Arab Emirates — The UAE's oil-rich surroundings means it has fast become one of the wealthiest nations on Earth and topped US News' rankings of up-and-coming economies.

RANKED: The 24 best countries in the world

United Arab Emirates — The UAE's oil-rich surroundings means it has fast become one of the wealthiest nations on Earth and topped US News' rankings of up-and-coming economies.

16. Italy — The resignation of Prime Minister Matteo Renzi in 2016 left Italy politically shaken. The instability meant the country fell three places in this year's ranking but, according to the study, it still has more cultural influence than any other country and some of the richest traditions.

RANKED: The 24 best countries in the world

Where to go in Europe, once you've explored Berlin, Rome, Barcelona and more.

12. Denmark — According to the report, Denmark is the second best country in the world to raise children, beaten only by Sweden.

RANKED: The 24 best countries in the world

Denmark — According to the report, Denmark is the second best country in the world to raise children, beaten only by Sweden.

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Slum housing on the edge of the red light district has been demolished in recent years to make way for new homes

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Slum housing on the edge of the red light district has been demolished in recent years to make way for new homes

Waterhouse Lane in Hull

The UK city where sex work is banned, but hasn't stopped

Waterhouse Lane in Hull

Hessle Road

The UK city where sex work is banned, but hasn't stopped

Hessle Road

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Top 10 autumn breaks in small UK towns and cities

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The Oxford Covered Market - a bustling Victorian market with many great stalls and good places to eat. Well worth a stop!

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