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It's official - Australia's a great place to have a baby

AUSTRALIA has been ranked as the second best place in the world to have a baby in 2013, according to a quality-of-life index.

Land-locked Switzerland tops the "lottery of life" index.

Nigeria has been shamed as being the worst place to come into the world, while Britain is ranked just 27th, behind Ireland and Kuwait.

New Zealand ranks favourably by coming in seventh on the league table - jumping from 18th when the survey was last carried out in 1988.

The quality-of-life index, compiled by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), a sister company of The Economist, was based on 11 factors including wealth, crime, family, geography, trust in authorities, and economic stability.

The Economist says place of birth can forecast the best opportunities for a "healthy, safe and prosperous life".

Topics:  australia, baby, quality of life




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