The best places to be born in 2013
The U.S. doesn't crack the top 10.
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):
7. New Zealand
10. Hong Kong
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The best and worst places to be born in the world depend very heavily on three things:
1. your gender
2. the color of your skin
3. how much money your parents have
That's the bottom line, isn't it?
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Putting them number one delegitimizes the whole survey.
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