UK sinks in quality of life and opportunity survey

Published:  3 Jan at 6 PM
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Over the last 25 years, Britain has fallen from 7th to 27th in the latest global survey based on quality of life and opportunity.

The Lottery of Life poll, taken by the Economist Intelligence Unit, was based on the best place to be born in 2013 and encompassed 11 lifestyle factors from happiness through job opportunities and wealth creation to housing, health and crime. In 1988, the UK was in 7th place, and has fallen since then to 27th, behind nations such as the UAE and Chile.

The top five countries are Switzerland with 8.22 points out of 10, Australia with 8.12, Norway with 8.09, Sweden with 8.02 and Denmark with 8.01. Switzerland replaced the USA, which has fallen to a dismal 16th place and France, second in 1988, dropped to 26th in this latest survey.

Singapore, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Canada and Hong Kong make up the ten highest-rated countries, and those looking to make a move abroad should take note that Indonesia, Russia, Pakistan, the Ukraine, Kenya and Nigeria are all in the bottom ten. Thailand, a popular destination for emigrants nowadays, comes in at no. 50 out of 70.

The league table as constructed by the survey team is considered extremely serious by the Economist, with its experts attempting to predict which countries will rise and which will fall over the next 25 years. Admitting to the boring stability of this year’s top nations, the magazine considers it’s not such as bad thing in today’s troubled times.
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