The Economist of Nov 21, 2012 had an interesting article, “The lottery of life: Where to be born in 2013“. They asked the question, “which country will be the best for a baby born in 2013?” and to answer it, they created a quality-of-life index from “subjective life-satisfaction surveys—how happy people say they are.” The results are not all that surprising. Broadly speaking, it is better to be born in a rich country than in a poor country. Here is the list for 2013:

Sad that the United States is only #16. Makes me somewhat sad for my grandchild who should be born any day now. Even sadder when you compare it to what th same magazine reported in 1988, when my children were being born:

What legacy are we Americans leaving our children? This makes me sad.

Thanks to Atanu Dey for the link to this.