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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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Dec 6, 2012 8:20PM
It isn't a secret that an objective economic and politcian thinker, would understand that "mainstream" ecomonics is a left-leaning sham.  With the majority of economics professors and journal "peer-reviewers" being heavily steeped in Keynesian "infinite expansion and spending' theories, it's hard to deny that Euro nations are heavily favored in these comical studies.  Isn't the EU zone in an imminate debt-crisis due to their ultra-high tax rates, rampant spending and borrowing?  The folks in these countries are certainly content with their "bread and circus"-style governments but these systems are not long-run sustainable.  Of course, Keynes was famous for quoting, "In the long-run, we are all dead", signifying the very philosophy of these short-sighted hacks, such as the ones who write for "The Economist" magazine.  Sure, you get 30-hour work weeks and all the free benefits you can handle from the governemnts there, but such a system is unworkable in the more culturally diverse and populous United States.  Often citing the success of these programs in the EU, leftists generally don't realize (or ignore the the fact) that the ultra-homogenous societies of these little Euro nations are not logically comparable to the US.

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!
Dec 6, 2012 8:20PM
One hundred million persons are being born each year worldwide as we email.   My concern is quality not quantity.    More DNA testing,   less low intelligence individuals,  less birth defects,  better human gene selection,  etc. etc.  If we can breed better horses and develop better insect free, drought resistant , rust free  wheat why not develop better human beings.   Just as we eradicated the cholera producing mosquito we will eventually have to deal with the Alzheimer's gene,  diabetes gene,  the cancer gene, and other human illness genes in a rational and practical manner.    The "carriers" will just have to be isolated for the benefit of humanity's survival.    The Aztecs sacrificed the "best" within them.    What makes sense is the opposite.    
Dec 6, 2012 8:15PM

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?

Dec 6, 2012 8:14PM

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 ...


Dec 6, 2012 8:12PM
Not surprising. We a nation of people who think it's our job to make everyone like us. By interfering militarily and politically to the tune of trillions of dollars, we have forgotten education, have a medical establishment that is the slave of pharmaceutical, as well as physicians who are not themselves role models for health, underfunded education, made a mess of our environment, sold our soul for consumerism and allowed corporations to say who we are and generally are still living with the "we're the #1 country in the world fiction that was true after WW11 but is not true now."

I love being American and at the same time know we urgently need a wake up call. I hope this survey is it.
Dec 6, 2012 8:12PM
Thank you Pres. Obama and your voters for destroying a once Great Country!
Dec 6, 2012 8:12PM
HmmmmI was born in Cameroon and I don't see where is Cameroon in 2013. People smile all the tim over there and they are Biligual or multilingual!!!
Dec 6, 2012 8:11PM
lets bring all our troops home,(europe,asia,mideast, etc.) and we will see how great these other countries are.  Aren't you tired of protecting everyone else.
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