The EIU did some research into how countries would fare in 2030, when babies born next year will reach adulthood. These fortune-tellers then predicted years of wealth and good health in Switzerland's future, an obvious byproduct of all that darn skiing and quality chocolate. It also happens to be a rather stable country with a high "yawn index," now seen as a positive factor. Other extremely responsible and clean places that made the top-10 are Sweden, Norway, and Singapore (No gum-chewing! The secret to success!).
What made the home of the free/brave fall from grace? The United States was once ranked first, in 1988. This time around, the EIU found the United States to be a nation where "babies will inherit the large debts of the boomer generation." The Economist also explained that these quality-of-life surveys are heavily, and rather simply, based on a nation's overall happiness level. Well, guess we'll have to open up an R29 Zurich edition.
Photo: Courtesy of Wikipedia/The Economist Intelligence Unit.