proximity to the arctic?

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%

(note: comments do not require an email. the internet!)

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5 Comments

  1. I have a son working in Norway. He was originally Romanian – hates Romania now – and very much likes the lack of corruption, the peacefulness, and the money. They will get even richer, BTW. More natural gas found.

    But he notes a conformity, a desire for order and disapproval of things that aren’t Just So that alarms him.

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  2. “and very much likes the lack of corruption”

    “But he notes a conformity, a desire for order and disapproval of things that aren’t Just So that alarms him.”

    I think these things may go together.

    #

    “i think i see the hajnal line there”

    I’ve started seeing it on toast :p

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  3. I don’t know whether this means anything but it went through my mind looking at the map. It seems to me that the US has meddled or theatened to meddle millitarily with just about everybody. With the Korean war and before prosperity seems to mark where we have been. Since then we have lost the touch. Places we go don’t do any better than anybody else. What in the world happened to us in the fifties?

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