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Old 01-21-2013, 04:48 PM
 
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How is Britain ranked below the united states??? The poverty in the states is horrible.
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The last time I checked, Britain has about the same percent of poverty as the u.s.
Because America is the focal point of world media, entertainment, and culture, its global perception and ranking in this study has been skewed. P London's comment is a good example of how some people from other countries have an exaggerated view of America that they've gotten from movies and accepted as fact. Furthermore, the US is such an open country that we air out our dirty laundry more than just about every country on that list. If there were the same number of movies, TV, documentaries, books, etc that covered Switzerland's problems as much as the US, their ranking would surely have dropped as well.
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Old 01-21-2013, 05:35 PM
 
Location: Chicago(Northside)
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Because the risk of terrorism is higher than other countries mentioned. Many people, especially in the Middle East, hate USA and its people. It's a good place to live, but not the best.
True crime here isnt bad at all its just we have the most reported crime because of so many police officers Nd because we have 300 million people. India has a billion people and they have way more crime its just not reported as much as america and the uk
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Old 01-21-2013, 05:49 PM
 
Location: Brisbane
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Because America is the focal point of world media, entertainment, and culture,its global perception and ranking in this study has been skewed. P London's comment is a good example of how some people from other countries have an exaggerated view of America that they've gotten from movies and accepted as fact. Furthermore, the US is such an open country that we air out our dirty laundry more than just about every country on that list. If there were the same number of movies, TV, documentaries, books, etc that covered Switzerland's problems as much as the US, their ranking would surely have dropped as well.
I can guarentee you that any organisation even with the smallest amount of credibility would totally ignore the "Global Perception" of countries when preparing such reports.
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Old 01-23-2013, 05:28 PM
 
Location: Orange County, California
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Why is Ecuador ranked SO low? It's a beautiful country with good food and affordable health care and education.. It's also a more equal society than neighboring Peru and Colombia, and Ecuadoreans also have a higher life expectancy than their two neighbors.
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Old 01-24-2013, 08:00 AM
 
Location: São Paulo, Brazil
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Why is Ecuador ranked SO low? It's a beautiful country with good food and affordable health care and education.. It's also a more equal society than neighboring Peru and Colombia, and Ecuadoreans also have a higher life expectancy than their two neighbors.
In fact, I can tell you that, here in Brazil, Ecuador is the least commented country of South America, after Guyana and Suriname. What I really know is that the president Rafael Correa has ties to the bolivarianism. Perhaps this will decrease the perception of life quality in Ecuador, but I may be wrong...

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Old 01-24-2013, 08:13 AM
 
Location: DFW
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With the US you have some imbalance. A kid who is born rich here will enjoy more wealth than kids from any other developed countries while a kid born poor here will be way worse off than a poor kid in any other developed countries. So it is basically a coin flip.

While in Western European countries you won't suffer through terrible poverty but you won't have the chance to climb to the top of the mountain and enjoy a lot of success either.
Step 1: Be born in an EU country, and enjoy their social benefits.
Step 2: Get a job at a US corporation and come to work in the US
Step 3: ???
Step 4: Return to your home country after you've climbed to the top of the mountain.
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Old 01-24-2013, 06:23 PM
 
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The best countries in the world to be born into and have a life in is about universal standards for everyone and can also be about individual preferences that sometimes vary between what each person is looking for.

The economist intelligence unit survey used up to 11 comprehensive specific indicators to determine what they believe are the best and worst countries for that:
Health standards, Subjective Quality of Life and Life Satisfaction surveys, political freedoms, economic opportunity, economic forecasts up to the year 2030, job security, income equality, climate, crime rate/safety, etc.

That survey also has a brief 1 sentence summary that encompasses this entire important topic: “What countries will provide the best opportunities for a healthy, safe, and prosperous life in the years ahead.”


I agree with most of the 11 standards that they used. However, I would also add Sociological Cultural environment, Entertainment Options/Things to do, Scenery, and Personal/International Opinions for each country.


For how they ranked the countries in the world, there is a lot of countries I agree and don’t agree with and I would overall significantly rearrange most of the ranks.


Here is what I view to be the top 25 best countries in the World to be born into and have a life in based on all of this and my thoughts on this figure in exact order:
France, Switzerland, Austria, Sweden, USA, Taiwan, Netherlands, Canada, Australia, Norway, Denmark, Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Belgium, Germany, UK, Italy, Spain, Argentina, Czech Republic, Thailand, South Korea, Vietnam, China.

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Old 01-25-2013, 10:44 PM
 
Location: Nob Hill, San Francisco, CA
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Why the US of course!

US#1
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Old 01-25-2013, 11:09 PM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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Why is Ecuador ranked SO low? It's a beautiful country with good food and affordable health care and education.. It's also a more equal society than neighboring Peru and Colombia, and Ecuadoreans also have a higher life expectancy than their two neighbors.
Yes I thought so too. I thought Ecuador was better off than many other S.American countries. It's blessed with great natural beauty.
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Old 01-26-2013, 10:27 AM
 
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Why the US of course!

US#1
I would say overall for this topic France is #1, Switzerland #2, Austria #3, Sweden #4, and USA #5 and then these other countries making the top 20 after that: 6.Taiwan, 7. Netherlands, 8. Canada, 9. Australia, 10. Norway, 11. Denmark, 12. Japan, 13. Singapore, 14. Hong Kong, 15. Belgium, 16. Germany, 17. UK, 18. Italy, 19 . Spain 20. Argentina.

The USA does well for this topic and definitely in the top 10, probably in the top 5, but not quite #1, as some other countries can compete, and plenty of countries can be good, vibrant, stable places to be born into and have a life in for plenty of reasons.

That is when looking at all comprehensive specific indicators to determine the best and worst countries to be born into and have a life in.

These are most of the indicators related to that: Health Standards, Subjective Quality of Life and Life Satisfaction Surveys, Political Freedoms, Economic Opportunity, Economic forecasts up to the year 2030, Job Security, Income Equality, Percentage of Population that is High income/Middle class/Low income poverty, Leisure/Vacation Time Away from School/Work, Sociological Cultural Environment, Entertainment Options/Things to do, Scenery, Personal/International Opinions of a country.
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