Study ranks best places to be born in 2013

The Economist Intelligence Unit (sister company of The Economist) has conducted a study to measure which country will provide the best opportunities for a healthy, safe and prosperous life in the years ahead.

The top three countries for a baby to be born in 2013, based upon long-term economic forecasts to 2030 when they reach adulthood, are Switzerland, Australia and Norway.

Half of the top ten are European but only one is in the Eurozone – The Netherlands. The largest European economies do not do particularly well with France and the UK coming in 26th and 27th respectively, and Germany and the U.S. tying for 16th place. Belgium is ranking 15th in the survey.

To  study measures the quality of life based on a unique methodology that links the results of subjective life satisfaction surveys to the objective determinants of the quality of life across countries. The determinants include GDP per head; life expectancy at birth; the quality of family life; the state of political freedoms; job security; climate; personal physical security; the quality of community life; governance and gender equality.