Where to be born – 1988 vs 2013

I was born in Fiji…plenty more readers were born here. In 1988 New Zealand was ranked by The Economist as the 18th best place in the world to be born…now we are 7th.

David Shearer is a big fan of Finland and wants us to emulate them in many respects…probably including sliding down the scale to 11th place.

The Economist Intelligence Unit recently published its “Where To Be Born in 2013” list, a measure of which countries provide the best opportunities for a healthy, safe and prosperous life in the years ahead.

WOND, an infographics and data visualization outfit based outside London, has put together a great repackaging of the data, which also included the list from 1988. 

Needless to say, things have changed over the past 25 years.



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  • cows4me

    If the Economist rates NZ in 7th place for 2013 God the world must be in a sorry state. I wonder if they looked at the indebtedness of all countries. How can we be rated 7th when the IMF could come at any time and say pay up. More horseshit for the masses.

    • blokeintakapuna

      Bollocks. Have you been hiding under a rock? Or swallowing the propaganda the left attempt to ram down our thoughts? In case you aren’t aware – the US, Europe, the UK are in considerably worse off state than little ole NZ.

      Only because NZ Inc had National / Key leading us through the GFC and all the resulting and still on-going GFC fall out – otherwise, NZ Inc would be kinda like Greece is now with a leftie government – unable to pay the bills their electioneering promises made, because eventually… even other people’s money eventually runs out and then you have to pay your own way.

      • cows4me

        So remind me again how much of other peoples money we spend every month. What is the ratio of debt per citizen ? I agree that we would be in a lot of deeper shit without JK but the old saying still applies ” it’s not the amount of shit but the death that matters”.

  • AnonWgtn

    New Zealanders do not apprecate how well off we have become in the last 30 plus years.
    Be grateful you live here. Try almost anywhere in Europe today for example.
    It is only the jealous me me me ones amongst us who continuously complain.
    Go forth and see the world – you invariably will come back stultified at what you have seen.

  • Mike

    Have a look at the bottom of the list, mostly islamic hellholes. The safest countries are the most civilised, with capitalist economies and Judeo-Christian based cultures (I say this even though I am an atheist).

  • Never in the dark…..

    Things have changed….. NZ aside:

    The “New” South Africa came into being and it dropped from 40 to 53 and Zimbabwe fell from 48 to …well….below Nigeria at 80 it’s seems. Even Syria is doing better!

  • Hazards001

    I was proud to be a Kiwi when we where 18th on the list and just as proud now. And I get damned uppity when people immigrate here then start shit talking Kiwis. And the number that do constantly stuns me.
    Who the exactly do they think made NZ into the place they wanted to move too in the first place?
    Six generations prior to me have helped mold this Nation and I’ll be damned if I’ll sit back and let people trash it or them!

  • pukakidon

    Problem is… if Liarbour and the foreigner Watermelons get in we will be somewhere near Zimbabwe