According to the Economic Intelligence Unit’s Where-to-be-born index for 2013, Nigeria is the worst place for a baby to be born.
Switzerland takes top spot, followed by Australia at No.2 and Norway at No. 3. The United States of America, where babies will inherit the large debts of the boomer generation, languishes back in 16th place while the United Kingdom came in at No. 27.
The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), a sister company of The Economist, in attempts to measure what country will give the best opportunities for a healthy, safe and prosperous life in the years ahead conducted research that measured the quality-of-life index linked the results of subjective life-satisfaction surveys—how happy people say they are—to objective determinants of the quality of life across countries.
Small economies dominate the top ten. Half of these are European, but only one, the Netherlands, is from the euro zone. The Nordic countries shine, but the crisis-ridden south of Europe (Greece, Portugal and Spain) lags behind despite the advantage of a favourable climate. The largest European economies (Germany, France and Britain) do not do particularly well.
Despite their economic dynamism, none of the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China) scores impressively. Among the 80 countries covered, Nigeria comes last: it is the worst place for a baby to enter the world in 2013.