The 40 Most Beautiful Countries in the World – Getty Costa Rica – Getty Iceland – Getty New Zealand – Getty Slide 1 of 41: Every country in the world has something to offer—think local cuisine, groundbreaking architecture, and much, much more. But beauty is a hard thing to quantify, which is why we let the World Economic Forum do much of the work for us: Every year, the foundation releases their Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report, a survey that ranks the world’s countries based on various factors, from safety to life expectancy—and yes, even natural resources. The latter takes into consideration details like total animal species, number of UNESCO World Heritage sites, and “attractiveness of natural assets”—and 2019’s results are as stunning as ever. We pulled the top 30 countries from the “attractiveness” section of the WEF’s report, and then polled Traveler editors for their personal picks (consider them bonus entries, if you will) to put together this list. Get ready to swoon. This article was originally published in June 2017. It has been updated with new information.