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Wei Wu Wei
09-20-2010, 04:23 PM
http://www.newsweek.com/2010/08/15/interactive-infographic-of-the-worlds-best-countries.html

Dang.

Finland has a 100% literacy rate and average 17 years of schooling :eek: wow

djones520
09-20-2010, 04:39 PM
http://www.newsweek.com/2010/08/15/interactive-infographic-of-the-worlds-best-countries.html

Dang.

Finland has a 100% literacy rate and average 17 years of schooling :eek: wow

And the US has 99% and 15.8 years, with a population 62 times higher then Finland. I would say thats something thats a bit more amazing. But don't let that get in the way of "lets hate Amerikkka".

Kick that around to countries with large populations, and where does America end up? Oh, 2nd. Right behind Japan. Which has a rampant suicide problem, and a shrinking population. And we beat them in Education as well.

I will give Newsweek credit on this though, they did give you the option to look at it by a countries population size as opposed to just everyone lumped together. The closest population I could find to America was Indonesia... and that was pretty far down the list.

fettpett
09-20-2010, 05:36 PM
there is so little diviation between the countries in the top 15 it's not really worth debating on. Though I don't really see why they consider the US only in the 80's for political stablity. 200+ years as the oldes Republic in the world

Constitutionally Speaking
09-20-2010, 05:38 PM
And the US has 99% and 15.8 years, with a population 62 times higher then Finland. I would say thats something thats a bit more amazing. But don't let that get in the way of "lets hate Amerikkka".

Kick that around to countries with large populations, and where does America end up? Oh, 2nd. Right behind Japan. Which has a rampant suicide problem, and a shrinking population. And we beat them in Education as well.

I will give Newsweek credit on this though, they did give you the option to look at it by a countries population size as opposed to just everyone lumped together. The closest population I could find to America was Indonesia... and that was pretty far down the list.

These type of things ALWAYS raise my eyebrows. They mean NOTHING unless you know what they are actually measuring.

For example,

They penalized a country if it had abundant natural resources that made up a large portion of their economies. In addition, they PENALIZED a country if it has a strong agricultural base.

BOTH of these SHOULD be strengths, but (I believe) in an effort to push their agenda, the study actually penalizes these types of assets.

JB
09-20-2010, 05:52 PM
And the US has 99% and 15.8 years, with a population 62 times higher then Finland. I would say thats something thats a bit more amazing. But don't let that get in the way of "lets hate Amerikkka".Thanks for posting that.

Now I don't have to poke around the article to verify what I already know....WuWu is an America hating tool.

Constitutionally Speaking
09-20-2010, 05:54 PM
In addition I see they give more importance to "equity" than to the overall level of prosperity.

That is a SURE sign of marxist influence.

BadCat
09-20-2010, 05:55 PM
Thanks for posting that.

Now I don't have to poke around the article to verify what I already know....WuWu is an America hating tool.

One thing the Finns enjoy is killing Russians.

Now WeeWee will have to hate them.

warpig
09-20-2010, 06:10 PM
Best countries for what??

Constitutionally Speaking
09-20-2010, 06:11 PM
Best countries for what??


My point exactly. They measure things that are irrelevant to the quality of life etc.

It seems that they measure how close your country is to the Scandinavian socialist ideal you are, and not much else.

m00
09-20-2010, 06:25 PM
http://www.newsweek.com/2010/08/15/interactive-infographic-of-the-worlds-best-countries.html

Dang.

Finland has a 100% literacy rate and average 17 years of schooling :eek: wow

Yeah sure. But maybe "kids" continue their education because they can't find jobs (and gov't pays you a stipend for education)? It's like that in France.

Zathras
09-20-2010, 07:14 PM
http://www.newsweek.com/2010/08/15/interactive-infographic-of-the-worlds-best-countries.html

Dang.

Finland has a 100% literacy rate and average 17 years of schooling :eek: wow

Sorry Wee Wee, but A) it's Newsweek and B) the chart is wrong. The US is the best country in the world, end of statement.

Odysseus
09-20-2010, 07:53 PM
http://www.newsweek.com/2010/08/15/interactive-infographic-of-the-worlds-best-countries.html
Dang.
Finland has a 100% literacy rate and average 17 years of schooling :eek: wow

Literacy alone is overrated. You've been typing here for months and said nothing of substance.

Gingersnap
09-20-2010, 07:58 PM
What's "best" is subjective, of course.

It's difficult to compare an ethnically/racially multicultural nation of 300 million with a racially and culturally homogeneous nation of less than 6 million.

If you just look at college-educated Swedish Americans in the U.S. (a population much closer to the Finnish population in demographics), you will find that they, too, have a 100% literacy rate, great financial stability, a solid middle-class economic position, and access to excellent health care. They also have comparable longevity, maternal death, and infant mortality rates. Not to mention a higher rate of marriage and a lower divorce rate than Finns.

What have we learned about the U.S.? Not much. What have learned about Finland? Not much.

MrsSmith
09-20-2010, 09:51 PM
http://www.newsweek.com/2010/08/15/interactive-infographic-of-the-worlds-best-countries.html

Dang.

Finland has a 100% literacy rate and average 17 years of schooling :eek: wow

Finland Income Tax Rate 51.5%

Finland Corporate Tax Rate 26%

Finland Sales Tax / VAT Rate 22%

http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a152/MrsSmith2001/finland1.jpg

Hmmm, you have a point WeeWee...very low corporate tax rate, so business friendly, and they use tax dollars to support the church. I have to agree, Finland is impressive! :D

NJCardFan
09-20-2010, 10:08 PM
Answer me this: If Finland is so great, why don't they have people coming from all around the world to live there?

m00
09-20-2010, 10:12 PM
Answer me this: If Finland is so great, why don't they have people coming from all around the world to live there?

What makes you think they don't?

Gingersnap
09-20-2010, 10:45 PM
What makes you think they don't?

They don't. Finland takes the smallest number of "asylum seekers" possible and most of those move to Sweden or Norway at the first opportunity. The Finns (like most Scandinavian countries) have done virtually nothing to integrate non-Scandis into their society and their society is much less friendly to non-Western, non-secular cultures.

These people spend roughly 50 hours "working" a week and the rest getting drunk in naked saunas. How inclusive is that? Seriously, that's a pretty accurate picture of Finnish life for the under 50 crowd. They also feel very possessive about language since theirs is not Scandinavian and they like it that way. No hot and cold running translators for you!

m00
09-20-2010, 10:49 PM
The Finns (like most Scandinavian countries) have done virtually nothing to integrate non-Scandis into their society and their society is much less friendly to non-Western, non-secular cultures.

This wasn't my experience at all. As far as I know, all of Scandinavia has a ton of Asylum seekers. They take in numerically less than the USA sure, but in terms of % of existing population it seems like a lot (at least, to me). No, they don't integrate... which means infinite public welfare. For some cultures, this is the height of good living - don't have to work, everything provided for you.

FlaGator
09-21-2010, 09:33 AM
Answer me this: If Finland is so great, why don't they have people coming from all around the world to live there?

Because it's too damn cold?

FlaGator
09-21-2010, 09:44 AM
More tax revenue for the socialist utopia of Finland




Government to implement planned tax on sweets, ice cream and soft drinks

Biscuits, buns, and pastries are to be exempt from taxation

On Thursday, the government decided in its general session that a tax is to be levied on candies and similar sweets, chocolate, cocoa products, ice cream, and popsicles or ice lollies.

Initially the tax on sweets was supposed to be the equivalent of almost one euro per kilogram, but now the tax has been set at 75 cents a kilo.
The tax on sweets was last in force in 1999. At that time (still in the markka era) the tax was the equivalent of EUR 0.58/kg of sweets.
The planned tax will increase the prices of sweets by some 1 to 15 per cent, while the price of ice cream could rise even more than that. The tax is to come into force from the beginning of next year.
Biscuits and sweet buns and pastries will be exempt from taxation.

At the same time, the excise tax imposed on soft drinks will be increased from 4.5 cents to 7.5 cents per litre. In addition to juices, lemonades, and mineral waters, the tax will be extended to natural mineral waters and milk coffee drinks as well.
The tax increase in this case will raise the prices of soft drinks by about 0.5 to 5.0 per cent.

A group of special diet products, including nutrient fluids used in hospitals, infant formulas, certain weight loss products, and withdrawal products will all be exempt from taxation.
The aim is to increase the revenues from taxes, particularly in order to cover the gap caused by the abolition of the employer contributions to the basic pension insurance scheme. The planned increase in energy taxes is attributable to the same reason.
The higher taxes on sweets, ice cream, and soft drinks are estimated to bring additional revenues of about EUR 135 million into the state coffers every year.

The government decided to restore the tax on sweets and to increase the tax on soft drinks already in its budgetary talks in the summer of 2009, after which officials started to prepare the details of the planned taxes.
On Thursday, the government made an official decision on the issue in its general session.




Whole story here (http://www.hs.fi/english/article/Government+to+implement+planned+tax+on+sweets+ice+ cream+and+soft+drinks/1135260220527)

Rebel Yell
09-21-2010, 09:55 AM
All this Finland talk is going to bring back Kekomen, or whatever his name was.


On a side note, Finland has 100% literacy rate? Really? There isn't a single person in finland who can't read?

Gingersnap
09-21-2010, 10:03 AM
All this Finland talk is going to bring back Kekomen, or whatever his name was.


On a side note, Finland has 100% literacy rate? Really? There isn't a single person in finland who can't read?

They probably aren't counted since they would have gotten a learning disability label somewhere along the way. The Finns really are well educated though. They have to be since there are almost no jobs outside of telecommunications, IT, health care, or government.

jediab
09-21-2010, 10:14 AM
For some cultures, this is the height of good living - don't have to work, everything provided for you.

Oh you mean the liberal culture.

Wei Wu Wei
09-21-2010, 11:33 AM
lol this thread got moved because the people doing the ranking did not rank America as #1

This is an incredibly interesting graph that lets you compare many variables easily.

It also includes the methodology and explains how they obtained, analyzed, and displayed the data.

asdf2231
09-21-2010, 02:44 PM
lol this thread got moved because the people doing the ranking did not rank America as #1

This is an incredibly interesting graph that lets you compare many variables easily.

It also includes the methodology and explains how they obtained, analyzed, and displayed the data.

Um... so much.

This thread got moved because, well, because you are just sort of an unlikable prick.

Seriously.

MrsSmith
09-21-2010, 03:40 PM
lol this thread got moved because the people doing the ranking did not rank America as #1

This is an incredibly interesting graph that lets you compare many variables easily.

It also includes the methodology and explains how they obtained, analyzed, and displayed the data.

It just fails to look at real life in it's ranking. However, I'm sure you'd love living in a country that taxes you to support your local church parish. Really. :D:D

Molon Labe
09-21-2010, 04:15 PM
meh..

I agree with Djones points

Most small populated countries might have people that per capita are more happy than large ones. Why is that a surprise that people really don't like living on top of one another?