Not that one can choose such things, but The Economist has published a ranking of the best and worst countries to be born in for 2013 -- and the U.S. isn't No. 1.
The index averages rankings from 11 geographic, social and economic factors. Switzerland ranked first and Nigeria ranked last. And the US? America came in at No. 16 behind Germany.
When The World created a Where to be Born index way back in 1988, the U.S. ranked first.
Also ranked in the top were Nordic countries, Australia and Singapore; nations in Africa and eastern Europe came in last.
Here's the top 10 list.
Best places to be born (from The Economist):
7. New Zealand
10. Hong Kong
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