The lottery of birth

“But which country will be the best for a baby born in 2013?

To answer this, the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), a sister company of The Economist, has this time turned deadly serious. It earnestly attempts to measure which country will provide the best opportunities for a healthy, safe and prosperous life in the years ahead.

Its quality-of-life index links the results of subjective life-satisfaction surveys—how happy people say they are—to objective determinants of the quality of life across countries. Being rich helps more than anything else, but it is not all that counts; things like crime, trust in public institutions and the health of family life matter too. In all, the index takes 11 statistically significant indicators into account. They are a mixed bunch: some are fixed factors, such as geography; others change only very slowly over time (demography, many social and cultural characteristics); and some factors depend on policies and the state of the world economy.”

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And still there are those that mock Switzerland, its system of democracy and its people.


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One Response

  1. Paul Williamson says:

    I noticed how UAE is quite high on the list. I find that surprising, but I presume it is based on the criteria and who fills in the questionnaire. I guess if you are a rich Muslim there you will be happy in an earthly sense.

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