Korea Ranked 19th-Best Country to Be Born in

Korea has been ranked the 19th best country for babies to be born in by the Economist Intelligence Unit, a think tank affiliated with the business magazine.

The think tank ranked 80 countries. Korea scored 7.25 points ahead of Japan in 25th (7.08 points), France in 26th (7.04 points) and China in 49th (5.99 points).

Germany and the U.S. shared 16th place with 7.38 points.

The 11 categories of the ranking were geography, demography, social and cultural characteristics, public policy, gender equality, political freedom, health, job security, violent crime rates, the state of the world economy, and future income projected for 2030.

Switzerland came first, followed by Australia, Norway, Sweden and Denmark.

The Washington Post blog reported on Monday that per-capita GDP alone "explains some two thirds of the inter-country variation in life satisfaction, and the estimated relationship is linear."

But some of the wealthier countries such as the U.S., Germany, Japan, and the U.K. failed to make the top 10. China, the world's second largest economy, is way below economically struggling European countries like Italy, Spain and Greece, which ranked 21st, 28th, and 34th places.

Nigeria was the worst country to be born in out of the 80 included in the ranking.

englishnews@chosun.com / Jan. 09, 2013 12:47 KST