So you are having a baby and want it to be born in a country where it has the best chance of a good life and success? What country do you pick so your baby can be a citizen in that nation? In 1988, the number one answer was the United States. Now the United States is number sixteen on the list!
Now the Economic Intelligence Unit has just published a study showing what country's babies have the best chance "for a healthy, safe and prosperous life in the years ahead." The Washington Post reports on the survey:
"The correlation between wealth, as measured by gross domestic product (GDP) per capita, and happiness is clear, though not nearly as clear as you might expect. The report concludes from the results that “GDP per head alone explains some two thirds of the inter-country variation in life satisfaction, and the estimated relationship is linear.” Only two-thirds!
If you look at the map, you’ll see that the world’s richest countries score highly, but not in the top category. The United States and Germany, two of the world’s economic powerhouses, tied for 16th place; Japan ranks way down at 25th. Britain and France score even worse.
The Middle East offers some great lessons on money and well-being. The region scores poorly in general, with two exceptions. Democratic and developed Israel, which is about as rich per person as the European Union average, ranks 20th. But the top-ranking country in the region, at 18th, is the oil-rich United Arab Emirates. Even more telling, though, is the gulf between the U.A.E. and Saudi Arabia, which for all its oil money scores much lower, perhaps due in part to problems such as repressive laws or a lower human development index."
Here are the ten best countries where your child has the best chance for a great future:
7. New Zealand
10 Hong Kong (China)