Switzerland is the best place to be born in the world

Switzerland is the best place to be born in the world
# 29 December 2012 09:32 (UTC +04:00)

Baku. Malahat Najafova – APA. “The Economist” magazine has released the best places in the world to be born in 2013. The EIU, a sister company of The Economist, attempted to measure how well countries will provide the best opportunities for a healthy, safe and prosperous life in years to come, APA reports.

People born in Switzerland will tend to be the happiest and have the best quality of life judged in terms of wealth, health and trust in public institutions, according to the analysis.

The Scandinavian countries of Norway, Sweden and Denmark also all make the top five in a 'quality-of-life' index highlighting where it is best to be born next year.

In 1988, the U.S. came top of a rank of 50 countries, though has not achieved the top spot since.

The index links the results of subjective life-satisfaction surveys - how happy people say they are - to objective determinants of quality of life across countries.

In total, the index takes into account 11 indicators.

These include fixed factors such as geography, others that change slowly over time such as demography, social and cultural characteristics, and the state of the world economy.

Half of the top 10 countries are European, but only one, the Netherlands, is from the euro-zone.

Azerbaijan ranked 70. Russia came in 72nd, Kazakhstan in 74th, Ukraine in 78th out of 80 countries listed in the index.