Reblogged from theeconomist
Daily chart: Switzerland is the best place to be born in 2013, according to research from The Economist Intelligence Unit. America comes in 16th, ten spots above Britain.
“America was helped to the top spot back in 1988 by the inclusion in the ranking of a “philistine factor” (for cultural poverty) and a “yawn index” (the degree to which a country might, despite all its virtues, be irredeemably boring). Switzerland scored terribly on both counts. In the film “The Third Man”, Orson Welles’s character, the rogue Harry Lime, famously says that Italy for 30 years had war, terror and murder under the Borgias but in that time produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and the Renaissance; Switzerland had 500 years of peace and democracy—and produced the cuckoo clock.”
Reblogged from nprfreshair
Via Electric Lit.
Not sure if this is more encouraging or daunting, but it’s definitely interesting!