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Best Countries To Be Born In 2013 Per ‘The Economist’. U.S. #16. Britain #27. Sri Lanka #63. India #66. Taiwan #14.

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Anura Guruge


Prior ‘The Economist’ related post:
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Where I get my irreverent humor … Nov. 30, 2012.


Click to access 'The Economist' original.

Click to access ‘The Economist’ original.


A 1988 index that ranked 50 countries had U.S. as #1. See below.

This is, of course, a very subjective list, based on an ‘happiness’ quotient.

Some of it makes sense to me. That Sri Lanka, where I was born in 1953, came ahead of India (#66), Pakistan (#75) and Bangladesh (#77), the three neighbouring countries makes sense, even given India’s now bestriding economy. Yes, given a choice, even today, between those 4 countries, I will, without hesitation, pick Sri Lanka.

Yes, of the top countries I have been to: Switzerland, Sweden, Denmark, Netherlands, Hong Kong, Austria & Belgium. (Yes, I have been to Canada and Germany multiple times, but it is not something I want to brag about.)

Yes, all of those countries makes sense. Just last week I did mention that I had thought about moving to Belgium in the mid-1980s — and ended up coming here, for what I thought was a 2-year ‘tax’ exile.

Switzerland is indubitably nice. I could live there. Denmark is beyond wonderful. In 1984 I drove across Denmark in a convertible, silver TR-7. Many people in the countryside had never seen a TR-7. Beautiful country. Delightful people. I know Sweden quite well. Not sure I would want to live there. Even by New Hampshire standards their winters are grim. Alcoholism and suicide due to the weather used to be a huge problem. Not sure what it is now.

The Netherlands is great in all respects. Great, great people. I have spent a lot of time in Holland.

Yes, I understand how Canada comes in at #9, but I could never live there. I have even stopped visiting — though I used to go very often. I think of it as the frozen tundra to the north of us. I have been to Israel. Wasn’t the greatest trip. It was in 1992. And officials thought I was and treated me as a Palestinian. That was not one. But most of the people are very nice and you can’t beat the location.

Anyway … here is an extract from the 1988 list:

Click to get the whole table.

Click to get the whole table.

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April 2, 2013 Google Doodle For German Naturalist Maria Sibylla Merian.

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A Few Related posts:
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Two legit April 1, 2013 doodles — Apr. 1, 2013.
>> Google’s SCRATCH Doodle for April Fool’s — Apr. 1, 2013.
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Google’s April 1, April’ Fools Doodles — Mar. 30, 2013.
>> All Of Google’s Doodles & Games … — Jan. 16, 2013.
>> Bing background vs. Google doodle — Mar. 31, 2013.

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Click here to access this Google Doodle on April 2, 2013.

Link to Google Doodle archive with it will be provided after April 2, 2013.


Maria Sibylla Merian was a German naturalist and scientific illustrator who studied plants and insects and made detailed paintings about them.

She was born April 2, 1647.  Her detailed observations and documentation of the metamorphosis of the butterfly make her a significant, albeit not well-known, contributor to entomology. 

[From Wikipedia]

There Were Two Legit April 1 Google Doodles, One In Colombia, The Other In Africa. Scratch Doodle Was A Prank.

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A Few Related posts:
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Bing pings Doodle Easter folly
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Google’s SCRATCH Doodle for April Fool’s — Apr. 1, 2013.
>> 
Google’s April 1, April’ Fools Doodles — Mar. 30, 2013.
>> All Of Google’s Doodles & Games … — Jan. 16, 2013.
>> Bing background vs. Google doodle — Mar. 31, 2013.

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Click here to access Google Doodle archive with these two legit April 1, 2013 doodles.


Jorge Isaacs Ferrer was a Colombian writer, politician and soldier. His only novel, María, became one of the most notable works of the Romantic movement in Spanish literature. He was indeed born on April 1, 1837.

Wangari Muta Maathai was a Kenyan environmental and political activist. She was educated in the United States at Mount St. Scholastica and the University of Pittsburgh, as well as the University of Nairobi in Kenya. She was born April 1, 1940.

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