or maybe distance from the equator? here are some nation rankings for you…

first, the world’s happiest countries in 2012 — by which they (the legatum institute people) mean the world’s most prosperous countries (i think i see the hajnal line there…):

legatum prosperity index 2012

top 10 countries:
- Norway
- Denmark
- Sweden
- Australia
- New Zealand
- Canada
- Finland
- Netherlands
- Switzerland
- Ireland

bottom 10 countries:
- Ethiopia
- Yemen
- Zimbabwe
- Togo
- Burundi
- Haiti
- Chad
- Afghanistan
- Republic of Congo
- Central African Republic

see their methodology here.
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and now … world internet usage, june 2012 — world regions – percentage of population:

- North America = 78.6%
- Oceania/Australia = 67.6%
- Europe = 63.2%
- Latin America/Caribbean = 42.9%
- Middle East = 40.2%
- Asia = 27.5%
- Africa = 15.6%

within the americas (north and latin):

- Greenland = 90.1%
- Canada = 83.0%
- United States = 78.1%
- Argentina = 66.4%
- Chile = 58.6%
- Jamaica = 54.7%
- Brazil = 45.6%
- Dominican Republic = 45.6%
- Mexico = 36.5%

within europe:

- Sweden = 92.7%
- United Kingdom = 83.6%
- France = 79.6%
- Italy = 58.4%
- Albania = 49.0%
- Kosovo = 20.5%

within asia:

- South Korea = 82.5%
- Japan = 79.5%
- Sinagpore = 75.0%
- Hong Kong = 74.5%
- China = 40.1%
- Georgia = 28.4%
- Pakistan = 15.3%
- India = 11.4%
- Afghanistan = 5.0%

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