The Lottery of Life

The Economist, November 21, 2012

Warren Buffett, probably the world’s most successful investor, has said that anything good that happened to him could be traced back to the fact that he was born in the right country, the United States, at the right time (1930). A quarter of a century ago, when The World in 1988 light-heartedly ranked 50 countries according to where would be the best place to be born in 1988, America indeed came top. But which country will be the best for a baby born in 2013?

To answer this, the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), a sister company of The Economist, has this time turned deadly serious. It earnestly 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. In all, the index takes 11 statistically significant indicators into account. They are a mixed bunch: some are fixed factors, such as geography; others change only very slowly over time (demography, many social and cultural characteristics); and some factors depend on policies and the state of the world economy.

A forward-looking element comes into play, too. Although many of the drivers of the quality of life are slow-changing, for this ranking some variables, such as income per head, need to be forecast. We use the EIU’s economic forecasts to 2030, which is roughly when children born in 2013 will reach adulthood.

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What does all this, and likely developments in the years to come, mean for where a baby might be luckiest to be born in 2013? After crunching its numbers, the EIU has Switzerland comfortably in the top spot, with Australia second.

Small economies dominate the top ten. Half of these are European, but only one, the Netherlands, is from the euro zone. The Nordic countries shine, whereas the crisis-ridden south of Europe (Greece, Portugal and Spain) lags behind despite the advantage of a favourable climate. The largest European economies (Germany, France and Britain) do not do particularly well.

America, where babies will inherit the large debts of the boomer generation, languishes back in 16th place. Despite their economic dynamism, none of the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China) scores impressively. Among the 80 countries covered, Nigeria comes last: it is the worst place for a baby to enter the world in 2013.

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  • David Ashton

    Race + educational level + economic security + cultural homogeneity + low population density + low internal conflict/rime levels. No wonder “they” want to come “here”.

    • GM (Australia)

      We are number 2 on the list, we do have all of those attributes and they (the 3rd world) most certainly DO want to come here. Unfortunately there are many do-gooders here who are working very hard to remove the (white) race factor from the equation.

      • WardKendall

        I guess that’s why your land is known as The Lucky Country.

        And I agree that it is indeed that. Switzerland may have taken #1, but Australia offers so much else that I believe it’s the better location for a white American seeking to jump ship of the fast-sinking USS America. I’ve long viewed Australia as “the other America”, in the good sense of the term. Kind of like those peaceful towns one came across in the Twilight Zone where everything was peaceful and orderly and happy and bathed in perpetual sunshine, as depicted in that episode “A Stop At Willoughby”.

        America was once like that. I know – I saw it with my own eyes.

        Tis the season…
        …to open someone’s eyes!

  • AutomaticSlim

    How can Mexico, Cuba and Venezuela be ahead of Hungary and Croatia?
    And Japan is 26th? Behind Chile?
    This list seems very fishy to me.

    • kjh64

      This list does seem fishy. Japan at 25 is ridiculous. I don’t think anybody can really predict where a lot of countries will be based on today because things change, for the better or the worse. Also, what one condsiders a best place to live depends on the person. What may be a great place to live for one person may be lousy for another. I will say if things keep going the way they are however, I predict a much worse quality of life for the USA.

      • refocus

        Isn’t the Fukushima radioactive disaster a valid reason for lowering Japan’s livability index quotient?

        • http://www.facebook.com/carolyn.d.johnson.90 Carolyn Davis Johnson

          But you could also say that what DIDN’T happen (TNB) afterward could rise that quotient.

      • pcmustgo

        They live in TINY houses… no space in Japan leads to crowding and over-pricing.

    • StillModerated

      Chile is fantastic! Wonderful geography in the Lake District, and quite underpopulated. A large population of primarily European peoples: Spanish, French, German, Cornish and Welsh, very few Indios, and not too many liberals — because a lot of them were made good by Pinochet.

      The only downside are the frequent earthquakes.

      • Howard W. Campbell

        How do I move down there?

        • Bantu_Education

          If you speak Spanish and don’t feel sympathy for stray dogs then you should be fine. If you have a bit of money to invest, or even just the right skills, I don’t think it would be difficult to get residency.

      • Bantu_Education

        I cannot share your enthusiasm. My over-riding impression over several visits, during which I travelled the length of the country twice, is lots of short dark squat Indios and hordes of stray dogs in poor condition. Many years ago in Australia I was involved with a beautiful Chilean lady and she (perhaps nostalgic) had given me an unrealistic impression, so yes I was very disappointed especially as I saw few very attractive women. As for Pinochet – not a single Chilean I met had a good word for him – he is spoken of as most Germans would speak of Hitler. When I tried to point out that he stabilised the country and put it on a good economic track I was regarded with the same outbursts of horror as a white liberal would if you tried to tell him that SA blacks should be thankful for apartheid.

        • IstvanIN

          The Indians have a much higher birth rate, plus miscegenation, plus immigration from Bolivia and Chile is no paradise.

        • JohnEngelman

          They knew more about Pinochet than you did.

          Hitler stabilized Germany, and ended the Depression there.

          • GM (Australia)

            Can’t really comment on Pinochet but from a distance I would say that he saved Chile from socialist ruin. Most Chileans that I meet are quite proud of their nation’s progress into the modern world. They forget the thousands who went “missing”

            As for Hitler, he probably solved the world’s unemployment problems and we are still enjoying the afterglow of the post war-boom.

            But almost frighteningly people like Hitler and Pinochet will attract more and more admirers when things start going wrong for the nation, they were seen as leaders who could get things done.They forget the misery, destruction and the tens of millions who lost their lives in the process.

    • Greg Thomas

      Because mexico borders the United States, allowing millions of their invading citizens to illegally seek refuge in the United States;where they are welcomed with open arms. No doubt, that secured mexico bonus points…

      • pcmustgo

        Mexico has more wealth than you would imagine- they just lack infastruture and a social welfare program to “spread the wealth around”… which makes their demands to take in THEIR poor all that more outrageous.

        • Greg Thomas

          I’m perfectly aware of mexico’s “wealth, oil being among that wealth. Nevertheless, what does that matter when your downtrodden can run next door and usurp the wealth of the United States?

          It is not that mexico hordes its wealth among the elite of that country, it’s that the United States has allowed our nation to become mexico’s welfare system.

    • Token Finn

      Well Hungary is set to decline in either case. The gypsies are breeding at a rate which will have their population numbers matching those of blacks, proportionally, in the USA within the next decades. Gypsies have committed 30-40% of homicides in Hungary despite being 2% of the population.

      • AutomaticSlim

        I don’t really know too much about gypsies, but I can’t believe they are anywhere near the blacks as far as criminality is concerned. Are you from Europe or from the US? The blacks here commit violent crime not because of “poverty”, “oppression”, “lack of opportunity” or any other reason other than it is just what they do. They enjoy robbing, raping and murdering. It is is their blood to do it and without “Jim Crow” style punishments to deter them, they will do it nonstop.

        Are Gypsies like that?

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bardon-Kaldian/100003542251801 Bardon Kaldian

          Gypsies are not so violent because they’re generally of small stature. Just, they are organized as thieves. Also, since there are light gypsies, some of them intermarry with local White population & disappear from their community.

          In the town where I live, gypsies are mostly beggars, black-marketeers & workers in waste disposal.

          • pcmustgo

            DON’T FORGET- THEY GET INTO PALM READING… We have gypsies where I live in Brooklyn- always begging to read your palm, tell your fortune- or just begging.

          • 1Forced_Registration

            I’ll bite on the violent nature of gypsies. Yes, they tend to do the group mob, pick pocket, and rob more — but they are violent; one need only go after one member of the clan and the violence WILL manifest itself to intimidate you out of your claim/prosecution. The difference is this, a black (in say America) may knock you over the head with a bottle as a first step to rob you. Gypsies will react when their own are threatened for their criminal acts. Gypsies have learned its more effective not to stand on their own, but to stand as a clan to protect their own. Some blacks get this as well, but they generally lack the higher IQ, and are more prone to threaten violence as a first step – then go to “no snitching” rather than the outright false statements that gypsies tend to make when one of their own gets caught.

            Gypsies tend to branch out into white collar crime, and construction fraud more often than blacks do. Their negative economic impact is probably greater even given their lesser numbers because of this.

            I saw a few incidents on the trains in Germany, and in France that truly made me understand why Hitler disliked them so much.Up until that point I thought it was maybe a slightly higher degree of criminality, and some cultural differences. Now I have a better understanding, and they are definitely not a good force for any society, and especially so for any society that has any decently functioning welfare state. The fraud is (in my estimation) even greater among the gypsie clans than it is among the blacks on average simply because the have a greater sense of community, and tribalism than blacks.

            This isn’t to say I don’t see plenty of fraud (even in Missouri where it is more difficult) committed by blacks (such as hiding assets with a cousin) to get around welfare rules. The number of SUV’s at my local welfare office is testament to that fraud, but they don’t generally have the resources of being able to call upon the extended clan for their fraud as gypsies do. The crimes may be softer in terms of immediate violence, but that threat is just as prescient, and its far more organized. I liken them to what happens when blacks organize under a gang banner with close family, and extended family ties.

            Again — this is my opinion based on observations of what I have seen. The gypsies tend to be more mobile with their crimes as a defense versus blacks as well.

        • i am

          Gypsies are like blacks with a little more brains. Rather than punch you and grab your wallet, they will pick-pocket it. They do not believe in work unless it is too fool someone just before they steal from them.

          I heard a lot of stories about Gypsies from Romanians. Gypsies were bullies. They would gang up on old people and steal from them. They would get some of their old relatives and children to stand near a crime scene and give false information to the police abut the suspects (gypsies). The communists (Nicolae Ceaușescu) loved and protected them.

          There is a big problem with Gypsies in Germany. One family will get 4 different houses or apartments from the government and collect welfare from each one. They make it look like they are 4 different families when in fact they are only one. They can even throw out a German family from their home or apartment by screaming that they were victims of the Nazis.

          When it comes to criminal activity, gypsies fall between blacks and that other group that must not be mentioned.

          • pcmustgo

            This is interesting… DOES IT NOT PROVE A LOT OF THESE PROBLEMS ARE SOCIAL/CULTURAL RATHER THAN GENETIC… I’ve seen some brown gypsies, but many can be blond from the mixing… And besides, East Indians, where gypsies hail from, are a pretty decent , hardworking lot… (ok , not all)… Explain.

        • Token Finn

          I guess one thing that complicates this issue is that ‘gypsy’ is a looser racial category than ‘black’ is. Gypsies CAN look whiter than most mexicans but they have distinct genetic markers and diseases as a result of their past of breeding. Depending on the region, their very low IQ (measured as 70 in former Yugoslavia) is attributed to their inbreeding. The gypsies of Romania do not necessarily resemble the gypsies of Finland, for example, all that much (aside from obvious duskiness) but they share the same non-white culture with some country specific manifestations. The original finnish word for gypsies (now seen as politically sensitive) could be liberally translated as “blackling” and the gypsies refer to whites with a word that bears a common root with the word for “white”. Does not mean that they are ‘black’ but it demonstrates just how they want to be non-white. If there is something good to be said about them, it could be that they usually do not lust after whites since their race is above all else in their illiterate delusion, while blacks and non-whites generally try to improve their race through whites. They simply see whites as objects to be used or obstacles to be destroyed.

      • i am

        In 1956 the Hungarians tried to over throw their Soviet oppressors. The US and other Allied forces refused to help. Hungary bordered Austria which was under Allied command. It would have been easy to send in weapons to fight the communists. When will the people in the US fight back? my guess is never.

    • With Love from Europe

      I thought Hungary was bankrupt along with Greece

      • AutomaticSlim

        OK. And Mexico is overrun by drug gangs, Cuba is Communist and rations food, and Venezuela is run by a Marxist lunatic who steals peoples land.

  • fabius

    Small, well-educated, with open economies, dominated by populations stemming from NorthWest Europe or NorthEast Asia–but almost all of these places are in decline, due to foolish immigration policies.

    • GM (Australia)

      Yes, foolish and inappropriate immigration policies, de-segregation in the USA, forced multiculturalism, forced diversity, AA quotas and PC rammed down our throats every time we open a newspaper or watch TV. We see the problems that result from all of these policies discussed and lamented on this web-site every day. What can we do about it all, when and how? (Enforcement of existing immigration laws combined with a High Court challenge to AA could be a good start)

      • 1Forced_Registration

        It pains me greatly to think it, but more and more I think Observer is right and that the best plan of action IS the action part of the equation. The problem is that those who truly understand the problem usually have enough to lose that they feel paralyzed to act. I do, however, believe that if whites get their sense of community together, and truly bond around that — that this barrier will be greatly reduced. Perhaps we could learn a thing or two from the gypsies, and understand that our current system is not very effective against clans working in concert that misdirect, give testimony to protect those in the clan (if needed), and do intimidate anyone foolish enough to step forward. It doesn’t work 100%of the time, but it does seem to work a majority of the time.

        What the gypsies have that the majority whites willing to act do not (or that could potentially be willing to act) have in place already is an organization based on blood ties that makes them difficult to infiltrate. That part of this is slightly harder to do for whites as we tend to have smaller families, and our natural independence tends to keep us from using those extended family links as freely. Whites have an inherent sense of fairness that is hard to overcome, and to keep cohesive when one is stepping into the grey and blacker areas of action.

        Such actions would/could be illegal, and not even remotely in the grey area of the law so I can’t, and wont openly advocate them … Even advocating them could be construed as a crime in some jurisdictions. However, I’m talking about effective versus ineffective actions. The more I learn about the Golden Dawn movement in Greece the more I think it could be an effective model in the US — so long as we add a few modifications to it to get around our unique legal structures, and the differences in our societies.

        Effectiveness on the ground tends to attract followers much more so than websites, words, and flyers. People need to see results, and when they see them I think they will respond positively.

  • Jefferson

    Over 35 percent of the U.S population today is made up of Nonwhites, so that is why we are not even in the top 10 anymore, let alone number 1.

    Back when America was ranked number 1 in 1988, our country was considerably Whiter than it is today.

    There were even some big cities in 1988 that were still majority White like San Francisco, Phoenix, and Las Vegas for example, but are no longer majority White today.

    • kjh64

      However, a large portion of non-Whites in the US are not citizens. The census counts ALL people living in the US, whether citizen or not including illegal aliens. It doesn’t count Americans living abroad either. It needs to have a different category for citizen/non-citizen. Removing the illegal aliens and their families alone would “whiten” up the USA considerably, not to mention the many non-Whites who live here and are not citizens.. The problem is that the political willpower is not there to do it and too many American Whites are either brainwashed by multicult, to scared of being called a racist or too passive to do anything about it.

      • pcmustgo

        Please, BLACKS AND LATINOS ARE NOT KNOWN FOR DOING THEIR CIVIC DUTIES OR TRUSTING THE GOV’T OR BEING THE TYPES TO FILL OUT A CENSUS FORM. They are ALWAYS under-counted. There’s probably more than we think.

        • 1Forced_Registration

          pcmustgo wrote: “BLACKS AND LATINOS ARE NOT KNOWN FOR DOING THEIR CIVIC DUTIES OR TRUSTING THE GOV’T OR BEING THE TYPES TO FILL OUT A CENSUS FORM. They are ALWAYS under-counted. There’s probably more than we think.”

          I definitely agree with you there. My own estimation of illegals in the United States of America is 9-10% of the total population. This is far higher than 12 million illegals that the federal government tends to quote as gospel. Not all of these illegals are from Mexico, El Salvador, Guatamala, Haiti, Jamaica, and Nigeria — many of them are also from China, Russia, the middle east, and Eastern Bloc countries. The vast majority ARE non-white though. I truly believe that if we could deport all of them our population would reduce by 18-23 million non-whites. This would make a huge difference in our racial makeup. That is the equivalent of removing our entire black or latino population and then some.

    • shmo123

      According to the US Census Bureau, SF is still a majority white, at 54.5%. That could change quickly, but it’s such an expensive place to live that only rich whites can afford it. I lived there from 1980 to 1995, and while not cheap then, you could rent a decent place and live fairly well on a good salary. Now rents are outrageous, especially in the majority white neighborhoods like North Beach, Nob Hill, Pacific Heights, Cow Hollow, and the Marina. However, it’s been years since I’ve been there so things may have changed for the worse like the rest of California.

      • pcmustgo

        More whites are moving into/gentrifing Oakland.

  • http://www.dailykenn.com/ Daily Kenn

    The objective of social engineers is level it out.

  • DudeWheresMyCountry?

    Quality of life keeps dropping in the US and yet the rampant spending and mass immigration continues, against the wishes of the citizenry. We the people ppfffttth! Hilarious Mexico is behind Saudi Arabia. This is the quality of country and people we have storming our borders endlessly.

    • IstvanIN

      Saudi Arabia has laws and enforces them. They also have a moral code. And a strong government. I may not agree with their laws, morals or government, but those are three things Mexico has never had.

      • Eddie Willers

        I beg to correct you, Sir – Mexico has (and has had) laws and government up the wazzoo. What it lacks (and has lacked) is the cultural will to enforce them and the finance to enable that enforcement.

  • fsagas

    What do you know?

    Switzerland number 1

    Probably the most “right wing” country there is.

    Why am I not surprised?

    • With Love from Europe

      But I heard there are muslim women wearing hijabs everywhere in Swiss and Austria nowadays.

      • IstvanIN

        But they seem to be slowly getting tired of it.

    • i am

      Right Wing? You have got to be kidding. You must have never been to Switzerland. Maybe the reason why they are on top is because they don’t have another countries government inside their border meddling with affairs. How many other smaller countries can you list that are not being occupied by “peace keepers?”

      • fsagas

        Have you?

        The last time I checked the SVP is in power. There are more (smaller parties that are “right leaning (in their context).”

        The immigration is getting tighter then they already are. Asylum is being more restricted then it already is. Minarets are banned as well as attempting to ban the burka (failed but still supported). They reject the EU (and the “EU Human Right courts”). They have borders unlike most of Europe.

        I could go into other aspects but it would be confusing because not everything is the same like in the states. As for as foreigners and immigrants though, I’m right.

        So no, I’m not kidding.

      • fsagas

        “How many other smaller countries can you list that are not being occupied by “peace keepers?””

        What are you talking about here. If you are referring to the EU, Switzerland is not in it. The Schengen Treaty does not apply. Which means they can reject who they allow in their borders. Other countries don’t have this power in the EU and must not only allow anyone in Europe to freely move into their country (which includes though who just sneak into the EU in general) but also needs to take a certain level of Asylum applicants yearly.

  • Mainlander

    What about Russia and the Ukraine scoring much further down the list than Mexico or Iran?

    • Svigor

      What about 99% of black-run areas being far worse than 99% of white-run areas?

  • Petronius

    Top pick: the Orkneys.

    Second choice: Northern Ireland.

  • GM (Australia)

    Life’s Lottery? What utter garbage. My family is what it is because we were taught good values by our parents and we passed these values on to our children. The society that we live in and which also provides so much for my family is the very same society, based on these same values that we have created and should be trying to maintain. Our society and nation is not a lottery.

    • JohnEngelman

      As the American free enterprise system devolves into casino capitalism our society and nation increasingly resembles a lottery. Hard work and loyalty to an employer increasingly mean little to employers, who increasingly view employees as expenses to be reduced, rather than as company assets to be cherished.

    • IstvanIN

      Yup, a society based on high moral standards, a strong work ethic and a respect for your fellow man is what makes a society successful.

      • i am

        So does having a large military to take things you need from other people.

  • JohnEngelman

    For a number of years Forbes has published a study of the ten happiest countries in the world. The social democracies of Scandinavia and the British Commonwealth are on the list. The United States is not.

    http://www.forbes.com/2009/05/05/world-happiest-places-lifestyle-travel-world-happiest_slide_2.html

    • David Ashton

      Why a picture of a monkey with a dog?

      • JohnEngelman

        I think it is cute.

        Once I read of a man who owned a pet wolf and a pet mountain lion. He raised them together from infancy. They were close friends. Then for some reason that I forget he sold each to a different owner. The two animals became very sad and depressed, so he bought them back. They were delighted to be together again.

        Stories like that appeal to me.

        • Rodion Raskolnikov

          Diversity is wonderful. :-)
          Why can’t we just get along, like the wolf and the lion did?

          • i am

            They were both predators and got a healthy welfare stipend. If they didn’t get their welfare steak, you can be sure one would eat the other. Just like the people in the US.

          • JohnEngelman

            It probably has something to do with competition for scarce resources. I imagine that wolf and mountain lion were well fed and had a large yard to play in. In the wild wolfs and mountain lions are competitors for game animals. Sometimes they eat each other.

  • rightrightright

    No Iceland on the list. A bit on the chilly side but low, homogenous population, democratic, patriotic, peaceful, creative, orderly, highly educated. I know reports on how Iceland successfully sorted out its own financial mess by banging up its bankers and without resorting to “the international community” are blanked by the media, but to blank its existence completely is going a bit far.
    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=308423269262781&set=a.301810823257359.60808.124563204315456&type=1&theater

    • IstvanIN

      They are importing Muslims to rid themselves of boring homogeneity.

    • GM (Australia)

      Yes, Iceland did solve it’s own economic problems, has a very high standard of living and more importantly they resisted all pressure to join the evil empire (aka The EU). But sadly the comment from IstvanIN re importing 3rd world immigrants is correct. I also understand that despite being a bit chilly it is one of Europe’s “hottest” tourist destinations.

  • Magician

    The possible factors that brought Japan down to the rank #25

    - Constantly in danger of suffering sudden natural disasters such as earthquakes and tsunamis
    - Its overly high population density
    - In that society, men are still considered “superior” to women and have unfair advantages in various situations such as career advancements to this day.

    But overall, Japan is indeed one of the most wonderful countries on the planet.

    I am just wondering why Ukraine is ranked at #78

    • IstvanIN

      I would imagine they are still poor and recovering from communism. You don’t savage a society overnight that has been through such horrors.

    • WhiteGuyInJapan

      Other factors dragging down Japan:
      -Long working hours (among the highest average in the world)
      -Inflated real estate (dropping a bit)

      -Short vacations
      -Massive public debt (approaching 250% of GDP)
      -Stifling education/business culture ( the stamping out of creativity is almost genius in its own way)
      Bear in mind, I still love living in Japan. Just adding to your list.

      • 1Forced_Registration

        They also have many positive cultural attributes though. One of the ones that I envy in my Japanese friends is the discipline to keep working on something until one has mastered it. Proficient is one thing, mastery is another.

        I frequently collaborate on musical projects with several Japanese musicians. They envy my raw creativity, and ability to come up with 5-40 rough ideas in a very short period of time. I envy their discipline to take one of those ideals and polish it to a razors edge of perfection. The exchange has given me a great deal of respect for the Japanese musicians I have worked with, and in turn has given them some appreciation of how cultural differences affect musical tasks. You are definitely right in that the culture tends to stamp out raw creativity though. Many of them were shocked at how raw of an idea I would bring to the table. If they bring an idea to the table its pretty darn polished before they are even willing to present it as they seem to have a higher fear of embarrassment as a cultural value. I can bring 5X as many ideas to the table because of that difference in the same period of time. However, the echo that I get back from those ideas is always mind blowing in the degree of absolute precision it exhibits.

  • William Allingham

    i guess these studies are based on the information and statistics of each country but… in backward countries like Latin america where their data is far from reliable (if they have data at all) i wonder if they are being misplaced.

    suppose Japan (just an example) is being honest and has a careful recount of their situation but nicaragua or something like that is rotten with corruption and they pretend “nothing happens”.

  • SLCain

    As a general rule, the most liveable nations will be the ones that reject any advice from the staff or editorial board of “The Economist”.

  • sandy truthtree

    In Japan women live to be 85, in America 74 and thats changing fast I bet the real number is closer to 65. America outscoring japan? ridiculous

    • A. Windaus

      Japan doesn’t include babies who die in the first two weeks of life as having ever lived, which skews their statistics to make it seem their population lives longer than the rest of the world, who include those babies that do die within the first two weeks of life.

  • John

    Me thinks that we shouldn`t be passing that list around the third world where potentially tens of millions of ` refugees` are looking for a better place to live
    and to escape their miserable hell holes that manage to still be called a `nation` by their peers..
    Heck even here in Australia we are fighting a losing battle trying to stop the boatloads of
    `refugees`..Except now the UN is getting in on the debate here and telling is we should take all of them and feed,clothe and issue them with adequate welfare. I figure we wont be number 2 on this list for long if we keep that policy up and keep kowtowing to the UN.

    Another interesting issue is the only SubSaharan countries on the list , Kenya and Nigera
    scored last at 79 and 80 respectively.Yet the latest issue of that extremely authoritative international magazine,` Time` states that they, and other countries in the region,are in the middle of an economic boom with a burgeoning middle class and steady growth in income. Am I missing something here?!

    • A. Windaus

      Yes, you have, twice. The UN states there are 206 countries in the world today and there are only 80 on this list. This means that Angola (which you missed), Kenya and Nigeria are the only sub-saharan countries to make the Top 80 list, which makes them the best that Africa will have to offer in 2030.

      • A. Windaus

        Actually there are 90 on this list if you include the countries with equal scores.

  • DudeWheresMyCountry?

    I have an issue with using the term lottery to describe the country of your birth. Its liberal coded double speak; subtle suggestion of cultural and genetic egalitarianism. A lie. Its not a lottery but a result of organization, values, traditions, innovations and demographics.

    • SLCain

      Quite right. There is no such thing as an “accident of birth”. If your parents are swedes, then it is no accident that you are born a swede. If your parents are white, then it is no accident that you are born white. When liberals talk about an “accident of birth” or a “lottery”, they betray an essentially creationist point-of-view – God in Heaven dispensing little babies (no doubt sent by stork) completely at random, irrespective of the race, ethnicity, or characteristics of the parents.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_7XVG4EN7WX72Y3UPGNQ3TOA5M4 Robert
    • IstvanIN

      He is a college student, nowhaahsayin.

  • Bobbala

    Daniel 2:40 And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron: forasmuch as iron breaketh in pieces and subdueth all things: and as iron that breaketh all these, shall it break in pieces and bruise.

    Daniel 2:41 And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters’ clay, and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay.

    Daniel 2:42 And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom shall
    be partly strong, and partly broken.

    Daniel 2:43 And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bardon-Kaldian/100003542251801 Bardon Kaldian

    Oh, thanks for info. I’ll have that in mind before my next incarnation.

  • acc

    Maybe Sweden is the number four in this year, but what is their ranking in 2032. My guess is the country will get worse due to third world immigration combined with the softness of the Swedish political elite.

    My advice to unborn babies. Select a country which has today a reasonable high ranking that is likely to improve in the future.

  • http://thewhitechrist.wordpress.com/ Fr. John+

    The basic message is simply- the Whiter the country, the better the quality of life. The darker the country, the more like Hell. That’s why Christian theology uses White and Black as polar opposites, and equates sinlessness with whiteness and supreme evil with blackness. The Fathers took that and applied it to the races, and noted it, millennia before the fallacy of “Multiculturalism’ appeared as a missionary strategy, post-Schism of the West, in AD1054.

  • Eddie Willers

    Interestingly, Canada – a socialistic nation committed to importing more non-white immigrants – comes in at #9.

    • Magician

      Most immigrants to Canada are East Asian

  • Laager

    First African country on the list – South Africa at 53
    Why?
    Less than 5 million white people valiantly trying to maintain western values and standards but slowly bein swamped by the poorly educated black tsunami which will drag it even further down the list

  • Howard W. Campbell

    How would white Americans in predominantly white areas (or states) compare with countries in the top 5 positions? We are constantly told that our schools are falling behind the rest of the world, but what happens if we compare apples to apples. White American teenagers in 90+% white schools to white German or Swedish teenagers. Would there be a world of difference?

    I grew up in one of those states that perennially had low SAT/ACT scores. But when I took the test, let’s just say there was an unusual amount of diversity in the school library that day. When I took the ASVAB, 6 out of 50 people in the school auditorium scored a 31 (out of 99) or higher. (6 whites took the test, 5 passed, 44 blacks took it and 1 passed). My recruiter, who is now deceased and cannot be prosecuted retroactively under the UCMJ, showed me the scores. He had one high school where not one person passed the test in 4 years.

    Where would Detroit fall on the list vs one of the places listed in Whitopia (like St. George, Utah)? It is white taxpayers that are keeping Detroit from becoming Nigeria.