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    I figure I'd post a more comprehensive collection of the same statistics I posted in my argument with Betty. Any American that believes that our system of small government and social conservatism works, you just gotta read this.

    INCOME INEQUALITY
    As mentioned earlier, America has the greatest inequality of income and wealth in the industrialized world:

    Inequality of income (0 = most equal society, 100 = the least equal):

    United States 99
    Canada 83
    Netherlands 82
    Switzerland 79
    United Kingdom 78
    Germany 66
    Norway 60
    Sweden 60

    Average CEO's pay as a multiple of an average
    worker's pay:

    United States 17.5 (More)
    United Kingdom 12.4
    Japan 11.6
    Canada 9.6
    France 8.9
    Germany 6.5

    Percent of Union Membership in Workforce:

    Sweden 85.3%
    United Kingdom 41.5
    Canada 34.6
    Germany 33.8
    Japan 26.8
    Netherlands 25.0
    United States 16.4

    Size of Middle Class (More):

    Japan 90.0%
    Sweden 79.0
    Norway 73.4
    Germany 70.1
    Switzerland 67.2
    Netherlands 62.5
    Canada 58.5
    United Kingdom 58.5
    United States 53.7

    Poverty level (More):

    United States 17.1%
    Canada 12.6
    United Kingdom 9.7
    Switzerland 8.5
    Germany 5.6
    Sweden 5.3
    Norway 5.2

    Children under the poverty level:

    United States 22.4%
    Canada 15.5
    United Kingdom 9.3
    Switzerland 7.8
    Sweden 5.0
    Germany 4.9
    Norway 4.8

    Deaths from malnutrition (per million):

    Men Women
    United States 7 13
    France 4 9
    Canada 5 7
    Japan 2 1
    United Kingdom 1 2
    Norway 0 1


    HEALTH CARE

    Health Care Expenditures (percent of GDP)4

    United States 13.4%
    Canada 10.0
    Finland 9.1
    Sweden 8.6
    Germany 8.4
    Netherlands 8.4
    Norway 7.6
    Japan 6.8
    United Kingdom 6.6
    Denmark 6.5



    Life Expectancy (years):

    Men Women
    Japan 76.2 82.5
    France 72.9 81.3
    Switzerland 74.1 81.3
    Netherlands 73.7 80.5
    Sweden 74.2 80.4
    Canada 73.4 80.3
    Norway 73.1 79.7
    Germany 72.6 79.2
    Finland 70.7 78.8
    United States 71.6 78.6
    United Kingdom 72.7 78.2
    Denmark 72.2 77.9

    Infant Mortality Rate (per 1,000 live births):

    United States 10.4
    United Kingdom 9.4
    Germany 8.5
    Denmark 8.1
    Canada 7.9
    Norway 7.9
    Netherlands 7.8
    Switzerland 6.8
    Finland 5.9
    Sweden 5.9
    Japan 5.0


    Death rate of 15-to-24 year olds (per community of 200,000 per year):

    United States 203
    Switzerland 175
    Canada 161
    France 156
    Finland 154
    Norway 128
    Germany 122
    Denmark 120
    United Kingdom 114
    Sweden 109
    Japan 96
    Netherlands 90
    Note: the murder rate for the above age group is 48.8 per 200,000. Even subtracting this entirely still puts the U.S. near the top of the list.

    Premature Death (years of life lost before the age of 64 per 100 people):

    United States 5.8 years
    Denmark 4.9
    Finland 4.8
    Canada 4.5
    Germany 4.5
    United Kingdom 4.4
    Norway 4.3
    Switzerland 4.1
    Netherlands 4.0
    Sweden 3.8
    Japan 3.3

    Percent of people who believe their health care system needs fundamental change (More):

    United States 60%
    Sweden 58
    United Kingdom 52
    Japan 47
    Netherlands 46
    France 42
    Canada 38

    SEX


    Teen pregnancies per 1,000 teenagers:

    United States 98.0
    United Kingdom 46.6
    Norway 40.2
    Canada 38.6
    Finland 32.1
    Sweden 28.3
    Denmark 27.9
    Netherlands 12.1
    Japan 10.5


    CRIME


    Annual reports of police brutality (per 100,000 people)

    United States 92.5
    United Kingdom 6.0
    France 0.7

    Prisoners (per 1,000 people):

    United States 4.2
    United Kingdom 1.0
    Germany 0.8
    Denmark 0.7
    Sweden 0.6
    Japan 0.4
    Netherlands 0.4

    Death row inmates:

    United States 2,124
    Japan 38
    Europe and Canada 0

    Percent of households with a handgun:

    United States 29%
    Finland 7
    Germany 7
    Canada 5
    Norway 4
    Europe 4
    Netherlands 2
    United Kingdom 1
    Looking at the above statistics, one would think that Europe is soft on crime, while the U.S. approach to law and order is based on no-nonsense deterrence. In reality, Europe is relatively crime-free, and the U.S. has the worst crime rate in the world:

    Murders committed with handguns annually:

    United States 8,915
    Switzerland 53
    Sweden 19
    Canada 8
    United Kingdom 7

    Murder rate (per 100,000 people):

    United States 8.40
    Canada 5.45
    Denmark 5.17
    Germany 4.20
    Norway 1.99
    United Kingdom 1.97
    Sweden 1.73
    Japan 1.20
    Finland 0.70

    Murder rate for males age 15-24 (per 100,000 people):

    United States 24.4
    Canada 2.6
    Sweden 2.3
    Norway 2.3
    Finland 2.3
    Denmark 2.2
    United Kingdom 2.0
    Netherlands 1.2
    Germany 0.9
    Japan 0.5

    Rape (per 100,000 people):

    United States 37.20
    Sweden 15.70
    Denmark 11.23
    Germany 8.60
    Norway 7.87
    United Kingdom 7.26
    Finland 7.20
    Japan 1.40

    Armed robbery (per 100,000 people)

    United States 221
    Canada 94
    United Kingdom 63
    Sweden 49
    Germany 47
    Denmark 44
    Finland 38
    Norway 22
    Japan 1

    POLLUTION

    Travel on public transportation as a percent of all travel:



    Average price of a gallon of gas:

    Sweden $4.85
    Denmark 4.46
    United Kingdom 3.56
    Germany 3.05
    Netherlands 3.02
    Japan 3.01
    Canada 1.40
    United States 1.07

    Energy Units of oil burned annually:

    United States 791.5
    European Community 501.4
    Japan 234.3
    Germany 108.5
    United Kingdom 81.3
    Canada 80.4
    Netherlands 24.1
    Sweden 16.3
    Finland 11.1
    Norway 9.3
    Denmark 9.0

    Carbon dioxide released per person per year:

    United States 5.8 tons
    Canada 4.8
    Germany 3.2
    United Kingdom 2.9
    Japan 2.2
    OECD Europe 1.8

    Total Carbon Monoxide emitted annually:

    United States 60,900 tons
    Canada 10,100
    Germany 8,926
    France 6,198
    United Kingdom 5,264
    Sweden 1,754
    Netherlands 1,229
    Norway 649
    Switzerland 621


    Forests cleared (thousands of cubic yards):

    United States 808,421
    Canada 379,500
    France 95,964
    Sweden 84,612
    Finland 72,864
    Japan 57,272
    Norway 14,810
    United Kingdom 6,600


    Debris inhaled per person per year:

    United States 81 pounds
    Finland 44
    Sweden 44
    Europe 26
    Netherlands 24
    Germany 24
    Denmark 20
    Norway 15
    United Kingdom 11
    Japan 2

    Government spending on pollution control (percent of GDP):

    Japan 1.17%
    Netherlands 0.95
    Canada 0.89
    Germany 0.78
    Sweden 0.66
    United Kingdom 0.62
    United States 0.60
    Norway 0.54
    Finland 0.52

    Municipal waste per person per year (kilograms)5

    United States 864 kg.
    Canada 632
    Japan 394
    United Kingdom 353
    Germany 331
    France 304
    Italy 301


    WORK AND LEISURE TIME
    Note the position of economic powerhouse Germany in the next two lists.

    Average hours worked per year:

    Japan 2,173
    United States 1,890
    Sweden 1,808
    United Kingdom 1,771
    Netherlands 1,756
    Finland 1,744
    Norway 1,725
    Denmark 1,699
    Germany 1,668

    Average paid vacation per year:

    Finland 35.0 days
    Germany 30.0
    France 25.5
    Denmark 25.0
    Sweden 25.0
    United Kingdom 25.0
    Netherlands 24.0
    Switzerland 22.0
    Norway 21.0
    United States 12.0



    DEMOCRACY
    The U.S. may be the oldest existing democracy in the world, but it is also the weakest, and one of the only democracies where voting is not required by law. It shows:


    Average number of national referenda per year:

    Switzerland 169
    Australia 18
    Denmark 11
    France 10
    Ireland 8
    Italy 4
    Sweden 3
    Norway 1
    United Kingdom 1
    Canada 0
    Finland 0
    Germany 0
    Japan 0
    Netherlands 0
    United States 0

    The United Nations Human Freedom Index (0 = least freedom, 40 = most freedom. More.):

    Sweden 38
    Denmark 38
    Netherlands 37
    Austria 36
    Finland 36
    France 35
    Germany 35
    Canada 34
    Switzerland 34
    Australia 33
    United States 33
    Japan 32
    United Kingdom 32

    I took out some less important statistics cause of the character limitation. But I hope you all get the general idea.

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    Why doesn't Betty move to America if she loves it so much?

    (Ha ha - get it? You see, Betty is Canadian, and she doesn't espouse most liberal views. Therefore, I'm putting an ironic "twist" on the oft-repeated mantra of American right-wingers: "Why don't you leave America if you hate it so much?" So you see, it's not actually an insult directed towards her at all, but a satirical swipe at the assholes who make such ridiculous statements as those! I love having to explain myself to make sure nobody gets offended.)

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    Like me, who is easily offended??? (Hence also a slight swipe at the easily offended... or maybe I'm reading too much into this by being offended? Oh boy...)

    But no, I've said I would have no qualms with moving to the US, or else I'd be a hypocrite. Probably will end up doing that someday... I'd enjoy the warmer climate. And I'll probably be able to find a better job. I hear Australia is beautiful too though.

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    wow america sucks. i was expecting america to top most of the negative lists though.
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    Dude stats are gay.

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    Stats can be used to show anything. For serious.

    e.g. just watch a hockey game for an example of how ESPN over analyses shit. And we all know hockey is a euphamism for life.
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    so wait how many of you live in america?

    i do

    So how many of u hate america that live in it?

    How many of u hate it that dont live in it?

    how many of you believe its the best country in the world?

    How many of you believe its the best country in the world but have a love/hate relationship with it?

    i believe its the best country in the world, but with obvious flaws we need to fix. but its still the best country in the world to me. and i dont have a problem with betty shes cool, and i think she takes each issue on in a different way, it doesnt matter whether its a liberal or conservative view, she doesnt want to constrict herself to that bullshit.

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    hmmm, I'm glad everyone takes these stat's for the ultimate truth.

    I didn't know there was a resident expert on everything that goes on in the world. I find it surprising that someone who comes to these forums had the time, inclination and ability to traverse the globe collecting stats....

    A reference to some sort of web site or othere source would help the credibility of the post.

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    As mentioned in the beginning, this was posted in another thread, and it had the link.

    http://www.huppi.com/kangaroo/8Comparison.htm

    There you go.
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    I don't quite understand some of those percentages... like what are they percents of? And I believe the high infant mortality rate is due to birth at older age.
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