The United States continues to top the most admired countries table, a 50-country table compiled by GfK Roper Public Affairs & Corporate Communications on the basis of a country brand index. Romania is 20th. The survey was conducted on July 7 – August 4 this year and consisted of the online interviewing of 20,000 adults in 20 countries. The survey took into account the 50 countries’ situation in six domains: exports, governance, culture, population, tourism and immigration, and investments. “Romania is in the lower third of the 50-country table. Our country’s strong point was governance, registering the best score on issues concerning peace and security and environment protection. Exports represent the weakest point for Romania. Romania was the best-ranking among Latin-American countries and the worst-ranking among East European countries,” a GfK Romania communiqué quoted by Mediafax shows. There have been some changes within the table’s top 10 places since 2009. Thus, Spain is no longer within the top 10 after being 10th last year, while Italy fell from 6th to 7th place. Likewise, France fell from 2nd to 3rd place, with Germany climbing on 2nd. United Kingdom, Japan, Canada, Switzerland, Australia and Sweden are also among the top ten countries.