The Quality-of-life index links results of who is happiest and who has best quality of life in terms of wealth, health and trust in public institutions
Their index links the results of subjective life-satisfaction surveys - how happy people say they are - to objective determinants of quality of life across countries.
One of the most important factors is being rich, but other factors come into play - including crime, trust in public institutions and the health of family life.
In total, the index takes into account 11 indicators.
These include fixed factors such as geography, others that change slowly over time such as demography, social and cultural characteristics, and the state of the world economy.
The index also looks at income per head in 2030, which is roughly when children born in 2013 will reach adulthood.
You can read the rest of the article and see the entire list by country by clicking [here].
UAE aims to be the best in the world by 2021, Sheikh Mohammed tweets
The UAE plans to be among the world’s best places to be born in by 2021, the emirate’s ruler and Vice President of the UAE, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, tweeted on Monday.
“According to the Economist Intelligence Unit, the UAE is 1st in the Arab World & 18th globally in: ‘The-where-to-be-born 2013 index’,” Sheikh Mohammed announced in a tweet on Monday.
“We aim to be one of the best in the world, and our ‘Vision 2021’ has laid out a clear road map to accomplish this goal,” the ruler added in a follow up tweet on the same day.
The Economist Intelligence Unit index takes into account GDP/capita, GDP growth, inflation, cost of living, human rights, life expectancy, literacy, % of population in higher education, Economist readers per million capita, yawn index and bonus points.
Switzerland topped the global where-to-be-born index followed by Scandinavian countries Norway and Sweden in second and third respectively.
Kuwait has been rated second in the Arab World and 22nd globally.
The UAE is amazing and I'm definitely impressed whenever I visit but what about freedom? If you don't have the freedom of speech you really have no real rights. Also, they have tons of bars and clubs that are basically brothels with trafficked prostitutes. This is legal in the UAE but if you get caught kissing your bf in public you go to jail for months. Talk about double standards and total confusion for most Western tourists. They encourage tourists to party hard but if you party too hard you're going to rot in a UAE jail.