Nigeria is worst place to give birth to babies in 2013- Economist Intelligence


Nigeria came last of 80 countries researched

A new study by the Economist Intelligence Unit, EIU, has ranked Nigeria as the worst place for a baby born in 2013.

The EIU, a sister company of The Economist, ranked Nigeria 80th out of the 80 countries considered for the study with a score of 4.74 out of 10, just below Kenya which scored 4.91.

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International The lottery of life Photo: The Economist

South Africa, at 53rd position, was the best placed African country with a score of 5.89.

Four North African nations (Algeria, Egypt, Tunisia, and Morocco) as well as oil rich Angola were regarded as better places to bear children ahead of Nigeria.

The study attempts to measure what will provide the best environment for the healthiest, safest, and most prosperous life in the coming years.

The quality-of-life index used in the survey was measured around key areas like crime, trust in public institutions, health of family life and government policies.

It also examined how happy citizens say they are as well other variables such as a forecast of income per head.

The study used the EIU’s 2030 economic forecasts, the year when children born in 2013 are expected to attain adulthood.

Swiss is best

European countries dominate the top ten with Switzerland scoring 8.22 to lead the pack, ahead of Norway, Sweden, Denmark, and The Netherlands.

“Surveys show that, even in rich countries, people with higher incomes are more satisfied with life than those with lower incomes,” says Laza Kekic, Director, EIU’s Country Forecasting Services.

“However, over several decades there has been only a very modest upward trend in average life satisfaction scores in developed nations, whereas average income has grown substantially,” the director added.

The United States, which came out tops at the EIU’s inaugural survey in 1988, was tied at the 16th position with Germany, scoring 7.38.

Large European Economies like France and Britain as well as the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China) did not fare particularly well in the ranking, a fact attributed to the global economic crisis.

War-torn Syria placed 73rd with a score of 5.29.


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  • tamedo

    the people that survey it is very right and correct

    • Yul1703


  • Wrong research:
    We are tired of reading about the outcome of these fictitious research that are targeted at denting the image of Nigeria in every ramification. If Nigeria is the worst place to give birth why can’t they try Afghanistan or Cambodia? Not withstanding some defects with our health system, Nigeria can never be the worst place to give birth in the world. Enough is enough of these factual errors and blatant lies against Nigeria.

    • Edo

      Truth is bitter.

    • Yul1703

      Thank you. I was astonished when I read a report from someone in UK who has never ever been to Nigeria but was very opinionated about the country. He told his audience (mainly jamaicans and few british) that people in the country live on trees and are not exposed to any form of technology. Incidentally, one of his very old friend was just coming from nigeria where he joined a charity organisation. He rose and declared that everything his friend said about Nigeria is incorrect. He challenged people to check his facebook profile photo shots from Nigeria. They were astonished. So some of this so-called research are purely and poorly biased. Nigeria is growing whether anybody likes it or not and am a very proud NIGERIAN.

  • Villary

    @yahoo-FHDE5P3CNLLAEBRDRKSYH5VJGI:disqus I am a Nigerian/Swedish and I understand the point you are trying to make. But as an economist from what I am read, 80 countries were researched. Thus, chances are there that those countries you mentioned are not part of the selected countries. Secondly, we have to invested the factors that were measured and how they are measured etc. If we try to be very objective, we might see more facts than fictions in this report. But seriously, dont you think Nigeria has a BIG problem if you then compare Nigeria with countries like Afghanistan or Cambodia? Funny isn¨t it?

    • Yul1703

      Many thanks for your objectivity

  • esther o

    This is an eye opener for all our political leaders and stakeholders. God help us!


    Joey D- what instrument was used in carrying out this reseach? I am currently in a country where by a surgical glove is considered a luxry in conducting delivery not to mention human resources on ground. I implore Nigeria to stand up for accountabilty- justice in delivering health statistics. A frown @ this research!

  • Ichie