The best countries in the world 2020

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From European classics that crop up on the list of the best countries in the world again and again – Italy, Portugal, Croatia – to further-flung places that keep drawing travellers in – Vietnam, Colombia, Tanzania – these are the best countries to visit according to the readers of Condé Nast Traveller. The scores below are percentages representing overall average levels of satisfaction.

Here are the winning countries as voted for by the readers of Condé Nast Traveller in The Readers’ Choice Awards 2020:

  • The best countries in the world 2020

    20. India. Score 90.29

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    19. New Zealand. Score 90.53

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    18. Turkey. Score 90.57

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    17. Israel. Score 90.71

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    16. Colombia. Score 90.84

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    15. Malaysia. Score 90.86

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    14. Peru. Score 90.88

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    13. Jamaica. Score 91.04

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    12. Bhutan. Score 91.11

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    11. Ireland. Score 91.50

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    10. Mexico. Score 91.93

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    9. Vietnam. Score 92.12

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    8. South Africa. Score 92.20

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    7. Thailand. Score 92.62

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    6. Indonesia. Score 92.98

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  • 5. Greece. Score 93.32

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    4. Japan. Score 93.35

    Up eight places since last year, Japan is a country to watch in 2021. We’ve got the lowdown on the best things to do in Osaka, plus an insider guide on where to visit around the rest of Japan.

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    3. Portugal. Score 93.39

    Beloved for its beaches, family-friendly hotels and scenic city streets, even when you think you know Portugal there’s so much more to discover. Read about the Azores’ new wave of eco-travel, and check out the best things to do in Lisbon.

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    2. Sri Lanka. Score 93.96

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    1. Italy. Score 94.05

    For the second time in a row, Italy has made it to the top of the best countries in the world. Start planning your next trip with our guides to the best Italian islands and the prettiest small towns in Italy.

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    Here are the winning countries as voted for by the readers of Condé Nast Traveller in The Readers’ Choice Awards 2019:

    20. Croatia. Score 88.83


    19. Cambodia. Score 89.03


    18. Ireland. Score 89.08


    17. New Zealand. Score 89.11


    16. Colombia. Score 89.41


    15. Israel. Score 89.54


    14. Tanzania. Score 89.70


    13. Mexico. Score 89.70


    12. Japan. Score 89.74


    11. Turkey. Score 90.15


    10. Vietnam. Score 90.46


    9. Italy. Score 90.62


    8. Philippines. Score 90.63


    7. Greece. Score 91.18


    6. Peru. Score 91.28


    5. South Africa. Score 91.59


    4. Sri Lanka. Score 91.79


    3. Portugal. Score 91.94


    2. Thailand. Score 92.37


    1. Indonesia. Score 92.78

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