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December 28th, 2012 (InsideCostaRica.com) Costa Rica is among the best places to be born amongst developing countries in 2013, and the second best place to be born in Latin America.
On a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being the best), as part of a study ranking both developed and developing countries that was published in the Economist, the top ten places to be born in 2013 are Switzerland, with a score of 8.22, Australia which scored 8.12, Norway (8.09), Sweden (8.02), Denmark (8.01), Singapore (8), New Zealand (7.95), Holland (7.94), Canada (7.81) and Hong Kong, which scored 7.80.
The study is based on 11 different variables; among them, the level of happiness that citizens say they feel, average income, level of unemployment, confidence in public institutions, security and the country’s health system.
In Latin America, Chile occupies 1st place in the region and 23rd in the world; followed by Costa Rica (2nd place in Latin America, 30th place in the world), Brazil (30th worldwide), and Mexico, which occupies 39th place worldwide. Argentina and Cuba are tied at 40th place.
All of the countries affected by the Euro crisis, such as Spain, Italy, Portugal, and Greece ranked below the 20th spot. Coming in last place is Nigeria.