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30 best countries in the world to be born in

Last updated on: December 11, 2012 07:01 IST

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The Economist Intelligence Unit attempts to measure which country will provide the best opportunities for a healthy, safe and prosperous life in the years ahead.

Its quality-of-life index links the results of subjective life-satisfaction surveys - how happy people say they are - to objective determinants of the quality of life across countries. Being rich helps more than anything else, but it is not all that counts; things like crime, trust in public institutions and the health of family life matter too, according to The Economist.

Let's take a look at 30 best countries to be born in.

Source: The Economist

Switzerland

Score: 8.22

Global rank: 1

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Image: A view of Basel in Switzerland.
Photographs: Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters

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Australia

Score: 8.12

Global rank: 2

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Image: An outdoor shopping mall in Melbourne.
Photographs: Mick Tsikas/Reuters

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Norway

Score: 8.09

Global rank: 3

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Image: People sunbathe in front of the Oslo Opera House.
Photographs: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters
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Sweden

Score: 8.02

Global rank: 4

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Image: Children at a skateboard park in Stockholm.
Photographs: Scanpix/Reuters
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Denmark

Score: 8.01

Global rank: 5

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Image: Boats are seen anchored at the 17th century Nyhavn district, home to many shops and restaurants in Copenhagen.
Photographs: Bob Strong/Reuters
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Singapore

Score: 8.00

Global rank: 6

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Image: An aerial view of Marina Bay and Central Business District in Singapore.
Photographs: David Loh/Reuters
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New Zealand

Score: 7.95

Global rank: 7

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Image: A fruit and vegetable market in Wellington.
Photographs: Jacky Naegelen/Reuters
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The Netherlands

Score: 7.94

Global rank: 8

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Image: A Dutch tulip field in Noordwijk.
Photographs: Michael Kooren/Reuters
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Canada

Score: 7.81

Global rank: 9

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Image: A worker cleans away snow around the Centennial Flame on Parliament Hill in Ottawa.
Photographs: Christopher Pike/Reuters
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Hong Kong

Score: 7.80

Global rank: 10

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Image: An aerial view showing the Legislative Council building, centre, in Hong Kong.
Photographs: Bobby Yip/Reuters
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Finland

Score: 7.76

Global rank: 11

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Image: Tourists take part in the reindeer safari at Arctic Circle near Rovaniemi.
Photographs: Kacper Pempel/Reuters
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Ireland

Score: 7.74

Global rank: 12

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Image: A woman cycles past the 'Coffee To Get Her' restaurant near Dublin city centre. which becomes a bar and club in the evenings.
Photographs: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters
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Austria

Score: 7.73

Global rank: 13

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Image: A view of Vienna International Center and UN headquarters.
Photographs: Herwig Prammer/Reuters
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Taiwan

Score: 7.67

Global rank: 14

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Image: A view of Taipei 101.
Photographs: Pichi Chuang/Reuters
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Belgium

Score: 7.51

Global rank: 15

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Image: A view of Grand Place in Brussels.
Photographs: Sebastien Pirlet/Reuters
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Germany

Score: 7.38

Global rank: 16

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Image: Charlottenburg Palace in Berlin.
Photographs: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters
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The United States

Score: 7.38

Global rank: 17

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Image: Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan Bridge is seen from the 90th storey of One World Trade Center in New York.
Photographs: Lucas Jackson/Reuters

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The United Arab Emirates

Score: 7.33

Global rank: 18

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Image: A view of Burj Khalifa in Dubai.
Photographs: Jumana El-Heloueh/Reuters

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South Korea

Score: 7.25

Global rank: 19

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Image: Part of Gangnam area is seen down the Han River in Seoul.
Photographs: Lee Jae Won/Reuters
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Israel

Score: 7.23

Global rank: 20

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Image: A cafe in Tel Aviv.
Photographs: Sharon Perry/Reuters
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Italy

Score: 7.21

Global rank: 21

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Image: St Peter's Square in Rome.
Photographs: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters
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Kuwait

Score: 7.18

Global rank: 22

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Image: A view of Kuwait City.
Photographs: Stephanie McGehee/Reuters
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Chile

Score: 7.10

Global rank: 23

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Image: Santiago City.
Photographs: Victor Ruiz Caballero/Reuters
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Cyprus

Score: 7.10

Global rank: 24

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Image: A view of Larnaca beach.
Photographs: Yannis Behrakis/Reuters
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Japan

Score: 7.08

Global rank: 25

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Image: A view of Tokyo.
Photographs: Stringer/Reuters
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France

Score: 7.04

Global rank: 26

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Image: First Tower, France's tallest skyscraper at 231 metres (757 feet), in the business district of La Defense near Paris.
Photographs: Benoit Tessier/Reuters
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The United Kingdom

Score: 7.01

Global rank: 27

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Image: Traffic on the road and the Thames passes the Houses of Parliament in London.
Photographs: Suzanne Plunkett/Reuters

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Czech Republic

Score: 6.96

Global rank: 28

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Image: Snow-covered city centre of the North Moravian town of Ostrava in the Czech Republic.
Photographs: Petr Josek/Reuters

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Spain

Score: 6.96

Global rank: 29

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Image: Tourists stroll along Barcelona's harbour.
Photographs: Gustau Nacarino/Reuters
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Costa Rica

Score: 6.92

Global rank: 30


Image: People gather around the Children's Museum which is decorated with Christmas lights in San Jose.
Photographs: Gustau Nacarino/Reuters

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