By Sarah Seltzer, AlterNet, 12/9/12
A new quality-of-life index shows that when it comes to the best place to be born in 2013, the US is way behind.
As 2012 comes to a close, marking the finish of a year of economic upheaval around the world (with no clear end in sight), the Economist Intelligence Unit posed the question: Which child born next year will be more likely to have a good quality-of-life? And, perhaps most importantly, what person entering adulthood in the 2030s will be gladdest to live where she or he lives?
They call this the “born index” or “life satisfaction index,” and it explains which countries lead the pack as the best place to be born in 2013.
America, which used to be number-one on this very same index back in 1988, has plummeted to number 16. It’s understandable in terms of our miserable healthcare system, growing social stratification and workplace policies; we hang out toward the bottom of the lists when it comes to maternal health, paid leave for parents or family sickness. And yes, we have zero mandatory vacation hours.
But there’s a lot more to this index….
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