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作為全球最成功的投資商,巴菲特曾說,他的成功歸功於在正確的時間(1930年)出生在正確的國家(美國)。那麽對於2013年降臨世界的嬰兒來說,哪個國家才是最佳入口呢?經濟學人智庫(Economist Intelligence Unit)對2013年全球最佳出生地進行了評估,看哪個國家能夠為人們健康、安全、幸福的生活提供最多的保障。結果顯示,瑞士當選成為2013年投胎首選地。

經濟學人智庫的生活質量指數考慮了11個統計學意義上的指標。既有固定的地理因素,也有會隨時間而變化的人口、社會、文化特性等因素,還有一些因素會受到 國家政策和世界經濟狀況的影響。同時,犯罪情況、對公共機構的信任度和家庭生活健康程度也是納入成為影響生活質量的指標。

瑞士、澳大利亞、挪威奪得了前三位。位居榜單前十名的大多是較小的經濟實體。其中有一半是歐洲國家,但來自歐元區的隻有一個。北歐國家在榜單中大放異彩, 而德國、法國、英國等歐洲最大的幾個經濟體均表現不佳。美國新出生的嬰兒將由於上世紀的嬰兒潮而承擔巨額債務,因此在榜單中僅名列第16位。“金磚四國” (巴西,俄羅斯,印度和中國)雖然經濟活力無限,但都得分平平。在榜單列出的80個國家中,尼日利亞位居最後:它成為2013年嬰兒進入世界最糟糕的入 口。

Best countries to be born in 2013

SINGAPORE - Singapore has been ranked among the top ten places to enter the world.

The city state is listed at sixth position in the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Where-to-be-born index, 2013.

The full list appears in the article, 'The lottery of life' by Laza Kekic, Director for Country Forecasting at the Economist Intelligence Unit, and is published in The World in 2013, the latest edition in The Economist's annual series on the year ahead.

Small economies dominate the top ten, with Hong Kong the only other Asian economy to appear at number 10 in the list.

Switzerland takes top spot, followed by Australia at No.2 and Norway at No. 3. The United States came in at No.16 while the United Kingdom came in at No. 27.

The Netherlands came in at No. 8 and is the only country from the Euro zone.

Susan Evans, an analyst for the Economist Intelligence Unit said both Hong Kong and Singapore are well-known for their wealth, stability and relatively low levels of corruption.

"One determining factor of future life satisfaction for their residents, which is less easy to predict, will be the trajectory of civic freedoms," she said.

Germany and France came in at No.16 and No. 26 respectively, but the BRIC countries, such as Brazil (37th), Russia (72nd), India (66th) and China (49th) did not score impressively despite their economic dynamism.

Nigeria came in last at No. 80. it is the worst place to enter the world in 2013.

The list takes into factors such as geography, demography, social and cultural characteristics, as well as economic factors to determine the quality of life across countries.

Specific indicators include GDP per head, life expectancy at birth, quality of family life, political freedom, job security, climate, personal security, community life, governance and gender equality.

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