New Zealand has just been voted the third most beautiful country in the world

scandal 05/09/2017

Round of applause for our beautiful slice of the world, we always knew you had it in ya!

Readers of 'Rough Guides' were asked to vote for the most beautiful country in the world saying:

There’s nothing like an amazing view to inspire you to book your next trip, whether you’re drawn by rolling countryside, isolated islands or soaring mountain peaks.

New Zealand managed to take out the 3rd spot, beating countries like Italy and Wales, with Rough Guide saying giving us credit for our "rolling green hills, majestic mountains, breathtaking fjords and amazing diversity of landscape from one island to the next". So who took out the top 2 spots?

Canada's "raw beauty and majestic landscapes" helped the country to score 2nd place but the winner of the most beautiful country in the world went too....drum roll please...Scotland!

Malcom Roughead, cheif executive of VisitScotland, spoke with The Independent about winning the title:

We are delighted that Scotland has received this remarkable accolade from Rough Guide readers, but of course it will not be a surprise to anyone who has encountered our wonderful country.

From our awe-inspiring landscapes to our remarkable historic attractions, to our bustling but beautiful urban centres, Scotland takes people's breaths away.

Here's the full list of the most beautiful countries:

1. Scotland 
2. Canada
3. New Zealand
4. Italy
5. South Africa
6. Indonesia
7. England
8. Iceland
9. USA
10. Wales
11. Slovenia
12. Mexico
13. India
14. Finland
15. Switzerland
16. Peru
17. Norway
18. Ireland
19. Croatia
20. Vietnam