Top 10 best countries list released, America not on the list

BY KHUSHBU KAPADIA
Editor in Chief

The Economist Intelligence Unit re­leased a list of the top ten best places to be born in 2013. The top 10 countries, in order from first to last, are Switzerland, Australia, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Singapore, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Canada and Hong Kong. According to the EIU, United States is trying for 16th place.

The EIU polled people in 80 countries to find out which countries have the high­est quality of life and which countries give babies the best chance at a healthy, safe and prosperous life. The EIU company gets its results based on 11 factors including the populous’ trust in its government, the sta­bility in the country’s economy, per capita income, crime statistics and the quality of family life.

“Our education system is not as good as other places such as Asia, Japan and even Europe,” said Nicole Bassolino, lib­eral arts major at County College of Mor­ris. “America needs to fix this problem, and in order for that to happen we need to step up in our education.”

The EIU suggests that America did not make the top ten list because America is “where babies will inherit the large debts of the boomer generation,” states The Economist Magazine.

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However, according to the EIU, back in 1988, the United States was in first place, with France in second, West Germany in third, Iran fourth, Iraq second to last and Zimbabwe was last.

Another CCM student believes that America needs to focus more on itself rather than on other countries.

“I think, right now, America is worrying about other things rather than ourselves, for example Syria. So I think that’s the problem, that America tends to overlook its own problems and worries about every­one else,” said Carly Watt, history and education major at CCM.

“Honestly, I thought America would be on the top ten list of best countries; but now that you say 16th, I would agree with that,” she said.

The TV series, “The Newsroom,” portrays America as not being the best country. Actor Jeff Daniels, in the open­ing scene of the first episode, said, “we’re seventh in literacy, 27th in math, 22nd in science, 49th in life expectancy, 178th in infant mortality, third in median house­hold income, number four in labor force, and number four in exports. We lead the world in only three categories: number of incarcerated citizens per capita, number of adults who believe angels are real, and defense spending, where we spend more than the next 26 countries combined, 25 of whom are allies.”

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