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Switzerland best country to be born in: Economists

Switzerland is the best place to be born in the world in 2013, and the U.S. is just 16th.

A new study produced by the Economist Intelligence Unit says American babies will have a dimmer future than those born in Hong Kong, Ireland and even Canada.


People born in Switzerland will tend to be the happiest and have the best quality of life judged in terms of wealth, health and trust in public institutions.

The EIU, a sister company of The Economist, attempted to measure how well countries will provide the best opportunities for a healthy, safe and prosperous life in years to come.

People born in Switzerland will tend to be the happiest and have the best quality of life judged in terms of wealth, health and trust in public institutions, according to the analysis.

The Scandinavian countries of Norway, Sweden and Denmark also all make the top five in a 'quality-of-life' index highlighting where it is best to be born next year.

In 1988, the U.S. came top of a rank of 50 countries, though has not achieved the top spot since.

The index links the results of subjective life-satisfaction surveys - how happy people say they are - to objective determinants of quality of life across countries.

One of the most important factors is being rich, but other factors come into play - including crime, trust in public institutions and the health of family life.

In total, the index takes into account 11 indicators.

These include fixed factors such as geography, others that change slowly over time such as demography, social and cultural characteristics, and the state of the world economy.

The index also looks at income per head in 2030, which is roughly when children born in 2013 will reach adulthood.

Small economies dominate the top 10 countries, with Australia coming second and New Zealand and the Netherlands not too far behind.

Half of the top 10 countries are European, but only one, the Netherlands, is from the euro-zone.

The crisis-ridden south of Europe, including Greece, Portugal and Spain, lags behind despite the advantage of a favourable climate.

Interestingly, the largest European economies - Germany, France and Britain - do not do particularly well.

Nigeria has the unenviable title of being the worst country for a baby to enter the world in 2013.

Despite their economic dynamism, none of the BRIC countries - Brazil, Russia, India and China - score impressively.

Brazil ranked 37, China came in 49th and India was 66th and Russia came in 72nd out of 80 countries listed in the index – Daily Mail, UK.




+1 #3 Unfounded 2012-11-30 04:01
Wait a minute in 1988 they said USA was the best country to be born in and 24 years later the children born that year or in 1989 are the young adults of today, faced with the nasty recession, no jobs, high college fees, high levels of poverty in USA history since the great depression. According to the survey this young adults should be enjoying the fruits of an ever growing economy, yet the opposite is true in real life. So all in all these surveys are useless coz noone can foresee the turns of the economic climate anywhere, war breakouts, weather disasters and truthfully everyday is a gumble.
0 #2 Chi-chi 2012-11-30 01:21
Go Aussie go.
Truth be told, happiness doesnt matter where you are from, Developed countries have a lot of drug abuse, mental illnesses, all kinds of illnesses quiet overwhelming really.
In Africa although we seem not to have enough material staff, it is in places like that where you find true happiness in the simple things in life.
+1 #1 Mhofu 2012-11-29 12:50
This cant be a very accurate survey. How can Switzerland offer the best quality of life given all that snow. Well being should not just be measured from a material perspective but should take into account enviromental well being. Most industrialised countries suffer heavy pollution and overcrowding which can hardly be considered to enhance quality of life. Lets have less of these self fulfilling surveys.

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