Switzerland, which is said to be the tourist paradise, emerged as best place to be born in 2013, as per the survey held by the Economist Intelligence, the sister company of The Economist. India was ranked 66th, among the last 15 countries where a baby should begin life.
The worst place for a baby to start life was violence-hit African country Nigeria. The survey included 80 nations and Australia ranked second followed by Norway, Sweden and Denmark. Singapore, Netherlands, Hong Kong, Canada and New Zealand were also ranked among top 10.
The survey included significant parameters to judge the best country to be born and these factors included demography, geography, cultural and social characteristics, state of economy, future income per head as well as public policy.
None of the economically emerging countries were ranked impressively in survey and the worst places were India and Russia ranked at 66th and 72nd places respectively. Brazil managed to grab a rank in the middle and stood at 37th position. China in the meanwhile ranked 49th and South Africa was ranked 53rd.
A similar survey was also conducted 25 years ago and US ranked first at that time. Now, US dropped down significantly to the 16th position followed by UAE and South Korea.
Britain was ranked 27th behind Taiwan (14th position), Kuwait (22nd position) and Chile (23rd position). France that ranked 2nd in 1988 came down to 26th position in this survey.
The survey clarified that the rankings were based on opportunities which the country provided to a baby for safe, healthy and prosperous life ahead.
The top 10 countries:
• New Zealand
• Hong Kong