Economist Intelligence Unit : U.S. not among the best places to be born in 2013


It appears the United States isn't one of the top countries offering the best quality-of-life according to the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU, a sister company of The Economist) which "earnestly" tried to figure out which country will provide "the best opportunities for a healthy, safe and prosperous life."

Switzerland and Australia got the number one and two spots. Here are a few of the factors that determined the standings:

Being rich helps more than anything else, but it is not all that counts; things like crime, trust in public institutions and the health of family life matter too. In all, the index takes 11 statistically significant indicators into account. They are a mixed bunch: some are fixed factors, such as geography; others change only very slowly over time (demography, many social and cultural characteristics); and some factors depend on policies and the state of the world economy. [...]

Small economies dominate the top ten.

Stability and trust are pluses, so "boring is best."

In 1988, the United States came in first, France second, and West Germany third. Iran, Iraq, and Zimbabwe were last.

More here.

  • If we wish to continue calling ourselves "The Greatest Nation on Earth" I think we better prove it. We have the wealth, but not the will. The people must exert this will and pressure their representatives to do the right thing, otherwise they will do what they have been doing, serving their own best interests. So I don't want to hear any more BS about how great we are, until we can rank up there with smaller countries who do have the will to get it done. National Healthcare, Free Education, Dignity and Equality for all. Calling them Socialist doesn't cut it any longer.