More Quiz Stats and Info

4 Oct

Someone who read my quiz asked me to post how other countries compared to the United States and who was first in each of the categories that I listed so here is the leader in each category and our closest competitors…One thing I’ve learned from looking at these statistics is that I really don’t know much about the world outside of the United States.

These stats come from The 2012 Global Competitiveness Report which is a yearly report published by the World Economic Forum.


Life Expectancy:   __30__

1. Andorra (Isn’t this a planet on Star Trek?) 29. Bosnia (How can Bosnia beat us in anything? That’s like losing to the Mets!)


Internet Speed:      ___15__ 1. Japan (figures!) 14. Germany


Education:              ___35__ 1. Taiwan 34. Russia (Didn’t we beat them in the cold war?)


# of people who believe in Angels: __1__

Hard to find other statistics on angel belief around the world but what studies have been done seem to indicate that angel belief is on the rise and more people believe in angels than global warming.


Mobile Phones per Capita: __16__ 1. Germany (who are the Germans calling? Very interesting…15. Algeria (Algeria? Who are they calling?)


Renewable Energy Use: __27__

1. Iceland (They live on a volcano. No fair!) 26. Australia (There on an island…but come to think of it, aren’t we all?)


Defense Spending: __1___

We spend More than the next 14 countries combined! (Why???? And then I have to ask, who are we defending ourselves from?)


Scientific Literacy: __33__ 1. Iceland (They live on a volcano!) 32. Cyprus (Cyprus has science?)


Quality of Healthcare: __37__

1. France (Mais oui!) 36. Costa Rica (You’ve got to be kidding???)


Prison Population: __1__

# of inmates As of 2009 (International Center for Prison Studies) US 2,193,798: China 1,548,498: Russia 874,161: Brazil 371,482: India 332,112 (Does more freedom mean more trouble?)


Infant Survival rate: __31__ 1. Japan 30. Slovakia (We have got to be able to do better than this!)

     When one considers the tremendous amount of wealth that we have in this country and our standings in these categories internationally, it seems to me that we must also have a tremendous amount of poverty in this country that we ignore. We must also have a great deal of waste and misspending and… judging by our increasing belief in angels, we might also conclude that we as a country hope it will all just magically get better?





6 Responses to “More Quiz Stats and Info”

  1. michaellblackwell October 4, 2012 at 5:33 pm #

    …wait, you were educated in the us, and you have a lot to learn about other countries?! 😉 watching the Olympic opening ceremonies really hit home on that fact for me also…

  2. missriete October 4, 2012 at 6:39 pm #

    Education #35 … now I understand why I always have to explain to my American contacts that the Netherlands is not the capital of Norway, LOL

  3. Daphne October 4, 2012 at 9:54 pm #

    As an educator, this information saddens me on so many levels. Someday (soon) our isolationist policies are going to kick us in the keister. Most school kids today probably couldn’t even locate most of these countries on a map. And then we wonder why we’re #35 in education.

  4. elroyjones October 6, 2012 at 2:04 am #

    We have the highest prison population because prisons are a capitalist enterprise; for profit, more inmates more profit. I’d bet that other countries have sensible laws and government run prisons.

  5. kiwidutch October 6, 2012 at 9:05 pm #

    Possibly the astronomical defence budget and belief in angels are connected…??? 🙂

  6. exladyprof October 8, 2012 at 3:47 pm #

    Just so glad to find my thoughts and fears are not the only ones!

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