In the last survey carried out by The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) about life-quality, Ecuador is ranked 65 of 80 while Colombia is 42, Venezuela 44 and Cuba 40. Chile, ranked 23, which is the best position in South America.
The EIU is “an independent business within The Economist Group”. Its goal is to measure the best opportunities that countries offer in public health, security, and a prosperous life in the upcoming years.
According to its own website, the EIU “has developed a new quality of life index based on a unique methodology that links the results of subjective life-satisfaction surveys to the objective determinants of quality of life across countries.” Indices result from 11 criteria such as job security, political freedom or public health.
Fander Falconí, holder of the National Planification Secretary, denied the EIU legitimacy. “ Can a stock market agency, born because of the capital interests, evaluate a country’s social and economic situation ?”
In The 2013 countries ranking, Switzerland was first while United States ranked 13 and Nigeria got The last position. The survey states that Nigeria represents “the worst place to born in 2013.”