Top 10 best countries list released, America not on list

ID-100204322The Economist Intelligence Unit released a list of the top ten best places to be born in 2013.  According to this latest list from the EIU, the top 10 countries are:

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

The United States of America is trying for 16th place.

The EIU polled people in 80 countries to find out which countries have the highest quality of life and which countries give babies the best chance at a healthy, safe and prosperous life. The EIU company gets its results based on 11 factors including the populous’ trust in their government, the stability in the country’s economy, per capita income, crime statistics and the quality of family life.

“I think, right now, America is worrying about other things rather than ourselves. So I think that’s the problem, that America tends to overlook its own problems and worries about everyone else,” said Carly Watt, a Morris County resident.

“Honestly, I thought America would be on the top ten list of best countries; but now that you say 16th, I would agree with that,” she said.

According to a recently conducted survey of 16 people from various different countries, eight people said America is one of the best countries in the world, seven people said America is not one of the best countries in the world and one person said it is, and was, the best country in the world.

In addition, when asked, “Which country do you think is one of the top ten countries in the world,” the majority of the people said America.

Which country do you think is one of the top 10 countries?

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Survey results

America

8

50%

Switzerland

6

38%

China

1

6%

India

1

6%

Do you think America is one of the best countries in the world?

Survey results

Survey results

Nope

7

44%

Yes

8

50%

It wasand is the best

1

6%

According to an anonymous person who took this recently conducted survey, she had a surprising reaction when she found out America is not on the top 10 list of best countries to be born in.

“Wow, 16th place! That’s shocking. But I guess it makes sense now. America was better before, but not anymore,” she stated.

The EIU suggests that America did not make the top 10 list because America is “where babies will inherit the large debts of the boomer generation,” states The Economist Magazine.

However, according to the EIU, back in 1988, the United States was in first place, with France in second, West Germany in third, Iran fourth, Iraq second to last and Zimbabwe was last.

The TV series, The Newsroom, portrays America as not being the best country.  Actor Jeff Daniels, in the opening scene of the first episode, said, “we’re seventh in literacy, 27th in math, 22nd in science, 49th in life expectancy, 178th in infant mortality, third in median household income, number 4 in labor force, and number 4 in exports. We lead the world in only three categories: number of incarcerated citizens per capita, number of adults who believe angels are real, and defense spending, where we spend more than the next 26 countries combined, 25 of whom are allies.”

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