Switzerland has been named as the best place to be born in the world in 2013, and Britain is 27th, behind South Korea, the US and Israel, a new research has revealed. People born in Switzerland will tend to be the happiest and have the best quality of life in terms of wealth, health and trust in public institutions.
The Scandinavian countries of Norway, Sweden and Denmark also make to the top five in a ‘quality-of-life’ index highlighting where it is best to be born next year.
According to the Daily Mail, the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), a sister company of The Economist, attempts to measure which country will provide the best opportunities for a healthy, safe and prosperous life in years to come
In total, the index takes into account 11 indicators, which 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.
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 been titled as 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.
The list of top 10 countries to be born in is:
7. New Zealand
8. The Netherlands
10. Hong Kong