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Where to be Born & the Luckiest Baby of 2013

05 December, 2012 17:21  Erin Erin

Baby with puzzle globe. © Anetta - FotoliaNo one gets to choose where they are born, but this unchangeable detail can have life-long consequences. The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), a sister company of The Economist, recently put out "Lottery of Life: Where to be born in 2013".

"Warren Buffett, probably the world's most successful investor, has said that anything good that happened to him could be traced back to the fact that he was born in the right country, the United States, at the right time (1930)."

While this may be true for Buffet, and America may have been one of the best places to be born at that time, which country will be the best for a baby born in 2013?

The EIU measures which country will provide the best opportunities for a healthy, safe and prosperous life with a quality-of-life index. It measures life-satisfaction, level of wealth, crime, trust in public institutions, the health of family life, among others.

Top 10 Lucky Places for a Baby to be Born in 2013

  1. Switzerland
  2. Australia
  3. Norway
  4. Sweden
  5. Denmark
  6. Singapore
  7. New Zealand
  8. Netherlands
  9. Canada
  10. Hong Kong

Notable countries left out of the Top 10 are the USA in 16th place (tied with Germany), Japan at 25th place, France at 26th place, and Britain at 27th.

Luckiest Baby of 2013?

One baby is being born into extremely special circumstances,

Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Cambridge is expecting a baby. The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Harry and members of both families are delighted with the news.

Jezebel reports that "...this means, in an interesting twist, that last week's issue of Life & Style was actually accurate". A look back at some of the many, many tabloid covers announcing the Royal's pregnancy.


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