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The best places to be born in 2013

The U.S. doesn't crack the top 10.

By Parenting Magazine Dec 5, 2012 4:49PM

By Kate at Parenting.com

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.

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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.

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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):
1. Switzerland
2. Australia
3. Norway
4. Sweden
5. Denmark
6. Singapore
7. New Zealand
8. Netherlands
9. Canada
10. Hong Kong

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247Comments
Jan 15, 2013 10:55PM
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Hi all, we just finished an infographic comparing the Economist's index from 1988 with the one just released for 2013. See the infographic design here: http://wond.co.uk/where-to-be-born-2013-1988-infographic-design/

Check it out and then you'll see a very different top ten to the one above!
Dec 7, 2012 10:04AM
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Rubbish...were it true, people who were born there would not have migrated to the US, Canada, England.
It is not where one is born, it is what one makes of one's life.
Most people who 'made it' were born in the dumps.
United States of America is still the country that allows people to excel, reach their dreams.
Nope, I am not an American.
Dec 7, 2012 3:59AM
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Healthcare and Education are the cornerstones of a productive society. Check America's rankings in both and I think our place on the list becomes clear. Libs/Cons, Dems/Reps we should all be a shamed. While we have been arguing party politics, we have fallen behind in things we invented.
Dec 7, 2012 3:13AM
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Someone mentioned the fall of detroit being the fault of minorities and liberals (As though the minorities didn't work twice as hard in the same for factories for less pay.) Truth be told detroit was dismantled and the American car industry ruined under the Reagan administration as he was beholden to many big business interest who financed his election. However, naming him as the source of the problem is inaccurate.(Although the "Star Wars" Trillions could have been better spent.) The political process in this country (most likely the world) has been thoroughly corrupted and co-opted by corporate interest. This is the truth behind the diminishing standard of living and value of human life that we are all suffering. Yet we continue to blame all the peripheral issues while the corporations who could care less about any country make out like bandits with our money and our children's future.
Dec 7, 2012 12:52AM
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Perhaps the USA should merge with Canada and have the Canadians run it.  Our political system has been hopelessly corrupted by big money.
Dec 7, 2012 12:14AM
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One can not judge where one has not been.  Even if you are somewhere other than home for a week or two as a visitor or tourist,  you cant really understand what it would be like to grow up or be a citizen of that particular place. I know where my vote would be cast, right here is the good ole USA.  Where I was born and bread.  No apologies, no excuses and no place I would rather be.  Proud to be American and for me there is no damn place on earth I would rather be with absolute entirety.  I am sure there are others that would support the place they grew up just as I do the USA.  although it seems to me there are many more people trying to find a way into the USA than there are people looking for a way out and with that said I am glad that I can call it home.
Dec 7, 2012 12:12AM
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They all have a better health care systen than the USA.
Dec 6, 2012 11:53PM
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Just another failure on our leftist congress which provides only indecision and poor judgement on almost everything from birth to death. Its no wonder women start to choose  other countries to start a family and I wasn't shocked at all. Maybe Obama can dig us a deeper hole over the next year or so.By the way, his 1.7% social security COLA is a insult. We're already at poverty level and $30.00 isn't even going to cover the price increase on my drugs for the coming year. I pray for death, hoping my demise will allow someone with lesser means will move up.
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