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    Quote Originally Posted by Shadee View Post
    I don't care what they based this on. America is still #1.
    And the American Dream is still living, and Russia is still a super power that wants to wipe out America and everyone admires America and... wait, is this 1980 or 2013?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wikiy View Post
    The thing is, you have cities like Beijing and Hong Kong where people live relatively good (although there are still parts of such cities where people live awfully bad for awfully low amounts of money) and then on the other hand you have villages where people live, well, not much better than how people in Africa live.
    I am aware of all this. I guess what I'm trying to say is that I think it is kinda strange that countries with such powerful economies can't even get their citizens to get decent lives and I feel that their money isn't going towards the collective thinking these countries claim to have.

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    Where is Abu Dhabi?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MossMonster View Post
    Where is Abu Dhabi?
    Abu Dhabi ain't a country but a city in U.A.E. so 18th

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    Quote Originally Posted by Panoramixe View Post
    People in the US still don't know where or heck even what Belgium is, but at least we beat them!
    Belgium? Isn't that the capital of Brussels?
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    Quote Originally Posted by nitrobg View Post


    Warren Buffett, probably the world’s most successful investor, has said that anything good that happened to him could be traced back to the fact that he was born in the right country, the United States, at the right time (1930). A quarter of a century ago, when The World in 1988 light-heartedly ranked 50 countries according to where would be the best place to be born in 1988, America indeed came top. 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.

    A forward-looking element comes into play, too. Although many of the drivers of the quality of life are slow-changing, for this ranking some variables, such as income per head, need to be forecast. We use the EIU’s economic forecasts to 2030, which is roughly when children born in 2013 will reach adulthood.

    Despite the global economic crisis, times have in certain respects never been so good. Output growth rates have been declining across the world, but income levels are at or near historic highs. Life expectancy continues to increase steadily and political freedoms have spread across the globe, most recently in north Africa and the Middle East. In other ways, however, the crisis has left a deep imprint—in the euro zone, but also elsewhere—particularly on unemployment and personal security. In doing so, it has eroded both family and community life.

    What does all this, and likely developments in the years to come, mean for where a baby might be luckiest to be born in 2013? After crunching its numbers, the EIU has Switzerland comfortably in the top spot, with Australia second.

    Small economies dominate the top ten. Half of these are European, but only one, the Netherlands, is from the euro zone. The Nordic countries shine, whereas the crisis-ridden south of Europe (Greece, Portugal and Spain) lags behind despite the advantage of a favourable climate. The largest European economies (Germany, France and Britain) do not do particularly well.

    America, where babies will inherit the large debts of the boomer generation, languishes back in 16th place. Despite their economic dynamism, none of the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China) scores impressively. Among the 80 countries covered, Nigeria comes last: it is the worst place for a baby to enter the world in 2013.

    Boring is best

    Quibblers will, of course, find more holes in all this than there are in a chunk of Swiss cheese. America was helped to the top spot back in 1988 by the inclusion in the ranking of a “philistine factor” (for cultural poverty) and a “yawn index” (the degree to which a country might, despite all its virtues, be irredeemably boring). Switzerland scored terribly on both counts. In the film “The Third Man”, Orson Welles’s character, the rogue Harry Lime, famously says that Italy for 30 years had war, terror and murder under the Borgias but in that time produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and the Renaissance; Switzerland had 500 years of peace and democracy—and produced the cuckoo clock.

    However, there is surely a lot to be said for boring stability in today’s (and no doubt tomorrow’s) uncertain times. A description of the methodology is available here: food for debate all the way from Lucerne to Lagos.

    Laza Kekic: director, country forecasting services, Economist Intelligence Unit


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    I think Taiwan should be way further down the list, due to threat of invasion.
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    Portugal ranked 30, not bad in 200 + countries. We will get back on our feet from the economic crisis and get even higher on the list in a few years. It's an awesome country, beautiful, great beaches and some really nice places to live, of course like any other country has better and worse places. If i was not born in Portugal i think i would like to be born in Canada or Australia, people from both countries seem very friendly and from what i know they are both awesome countries to live.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dazzy View Post
    The difference between 1 and 80 : 3.48

    Also, Israel, Kuwait 20 and 22. Yes a 3rd world country where you chance of being killed is 50 to 1 over dying of natural causes, clearly safety not ranked equally with all the other stats.
    Kuwait is relatively safe and rich country.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Faklor View Post
    Not sure why you wouldn't want to live in Austria rather than in the UK.
    Because Austria has the best skiing resorts this side of the galaxy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JfmC View Post
    My country on 15th place, could be worse But how are we behind the Netherlands? Oh yeah.. No drugs :/
    Well... the infrastructure, for one, comes to mind!
    Just because I say something negative in relation to your country doesn't mean I'm bashing or hating on your country. Get over it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reeve View Post
    I think Taiwan should be way further down the list, due to threat of invasion.
    Can't see it being invaded any time soon, relations between the two are better than ever. Yeah, it's still limited but it's slowly getting better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Majad View Post
    heat > cold
    Isn't it cold in both countries? (To be fair we had almost 40°C in the last summer but that's not really common here)

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    Quote Originally Posted by laggspike View Post
    where is North Korea on that list? :P
    They had to remove North Korea from the list due to the database error.
    As you can see, it's a score out of 10.
    With North Korea scoring a 14, the program would crash all the time.

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    yeah we win!! or lets say, my (potential) future children will win :-)
    Not really that astonishing, Switzerland just is a wonderfull place to live, I'm so happy to live here. (even if it wasn't rank 1 in 1989)

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    Hard to see Norway maintaining a high position when their oil runs out, and any other country that relies on non replacable resources. I suppose at least they spread that oil money around so i can understand their high position unlike some arab countries.

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