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?