Study Ranks Kenya and Nigeria As Worst Places To Be Born In 2013

Study Ranks Kenya and Nigeria As Worst Places To Be Born In 2013

A new global survey which lays bare the ‘lottery of life’ as ranked Kenya and Nigeria as the worst places to start life in 2013 out of 80 odd countries with Switzerland ranked as the best place to be born. Other prominent countries ranked in the Economist Intelligence Unit study are the United States and Great Britain ranked 16 and 27 respectively.

The worst-place-to-be-born index, 2013

The worst-place-to-be-born index, 2013

From what today’s newborns can hope to earn in 2030 to how happy a nation is, analysts from the Economist Intelligence Unit crunched the numbers on 11 different factors to decide where the luckiest babies will emerge this year, scoring countries out of a maximum of 10. The league table has been branded ‘deadly serious’ by The Economist magazine, which suggests place of birth will become increasingly important as the world faces an uncertain future.

Unfortunately, Africa continues to lag behind with the highest placed African country in the index, South Africa, ranked number 53 followed by Algeria (54), Tunisia(59), Egypt (60), Morocco(66), Angola(76). However, Kenya (79) and Nigeria (80) were both ranked as the worst places for a baby to enter the world in 2013. I wonder what our political leaders will have to say about this report and the socio-economic well-being of their citizens.

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