But I'm kinda calling bullshit on this one. Why? Because these global rankings like Doing Business and World Economic Forum tend to over-rate the tiny island nations of the world like Singapore, Taiwan, New Zealand, Qatar and -- jeez, it's not even a country -- Hong Kong.
I've been to Hong Kong, and unless you're a millionaire, it is not a place for human beings. And New Zealand? Before director Peter Jackson discovered it, there was nothing there except sheep and the people who loved, er, looked after them.
But these lists are correct to put the Nordic socialist paradises at the top of their lists. We all need something to aspire to.... (sigh).
Where to be born in 2013
November 21, 2012 | The Economist