Switzerland is the best place to be born in the world in 2013 — with Britain being just 27th and India only 66th, says a new research by The Economist. People born in Switzerland will tend to be the happiest, enjoy the best quality of life in terms of wealth, health and trust in public institutions.
The Scandinavian countries of Norway, Sweden and Denmark --- all make the top five in a ‘quality-of-life’ index highlighting where it is best to be born next year. 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.
Apart from richness, other factors come into play — including crime, trust in public institutions and the health of family life. These are geography, demography, socio- cultural characteristics, and the global economic situation.
The index also looks at income per head in 2030, which is roughly when children born in 2013 will reach adulthood.
Overall, smaller economies dominate the top 10 list, with Australia coming 2nd and New Zealand and the Netherlands not too far behind.
The top ten countries listed are: Switzerland, Australia, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Singapore, New Zealand, Netherlands, Canada and Hong Kong. The USA is 16 and China is 49 on the list.