The Scandinavian countries of Norway, Sweden and Denmark make the top five a quality-of-life index highlighting where it is best to be born next year, reports Malasian Bernama News. Switzerland comes first on the list.
The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), a sister company of the Economist, attempts to measure which country will provide the best opportunities for a healthy, safe and prosperous life in years to come.
Their index links the results of subjective life-satisfaction surveys – how happy people are they are – to objective determinants of quality of life across countries.
One of the most important factors is being rich, but other factors come into play including crime, trust in public institutions and health of family life.
In total, the index takes into account 11 indicators.
Those 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.
The index also looks at income per head in 2030, which is roughly when children born in 2013 will reach adulthood.
Small economies dominate the top 10 countries, with Australia coming second and New Zealand and the Netherlands not too far behind.
Half of the top ten countries are European, but only one, the Netherlands, is from the euro-zone.
The crisis-ridden south of Europe, including Greece, Portugal and Spain, lags behind despite the advantage of a favorable climate.
The top ten countries listed are: 1. Switzerland 2. Australia 3. Norway 4. Sweden 5. Denmark 6. Singapore 7. New Zealand 8. Netherlands 9. Canada 10. Hongkong