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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Hong Kong... rated higher than the US? Wow... that's a laugh!! I suppose if it's an advantage to be born there, once you are able to speak, you'd better be careful of your public views of their governemnt!
Switzerland has universal military service. All service members keep their weapons at home. The government knows who has any particular weapon at any time. Sounds very much like our Second Amendment---a well regulated militia.
As for people selling kidneys to get to the United States---they are all from third world countries. Immigration from developed nations has dried up to a trickle. A child born in poverty in Denmark has twice the chance of getting into the middle class as a child born in poverty in the USA. Why would a Dane want to come here?
I lived in HK it is best described as a "shopping mall surrounded by the pits of hell"...I couldn't get out of there fast enough...When I arrived at JFK tears came to my eyes when I heard the words welcome home...Every American should live abroad for a small amount of time...until you do that you cannot possibly appreciate all that we have ...
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