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.”


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

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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