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Old 03-14-2013, 10:45 PM
 
Location: Windsor, Ontario, Canada
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We dropped from #3 to #4. Got overtaken by those damn Yankees


^ That was a joke, btw. I'm just clarifying that before I find myself arguing with a bunch of offended Americans, lol.

Well, they were bound to have a come back................



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Old 03-15-2013, 03:58 AM
 
Location: Eindhoven, Netherlands
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Israel 16th? NO WAY!
Better than 80% of Europe, that's impossible.
 
Old 03-15-2013, 05:27 AM
 
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It's important to also take into account the inequality adjusted HDI: http://hdr.undp.org/hdr4press/press/...EN_Summary.pdf. Canada is 13th in that ranking, US 16th (still a bit surprised since that's 7 places higher than last year). Germany moved up 2 spots in both rankings to #5, Netherlands #4. If Europe wasn't stuck in the austerity madness, which is just making matters worse, I believe the US wouldn't be nearly as high as it is. Don't worry though, the US is about to go through serious austerity soon as well (not just cuts to govt jobs, public services, but also higher taxes with those cuts).
 
Old 03-15-2013, 05:35 AM
 
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Also, if you're a woman, there are 41 countries where gender equality is better than the US (ranked 42). Canada is ranked #18, Australia #17, Netherlands #1, Sweden #2, Germany #6, UK #34. Gender equality is apparently better in Japan (21) and South Korea (27) than the US.
 
Old 03-15-2013, 05:37 AM
 
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Apparently Canada has fewer mean years of schooling, much lower GNI in purchasing power parity per person, and fewer telephone subscribers per 100 people. These are legitimate points.
When I read this I actually laughed out loud and thought you were kidding, but you seem to be serious. Just to be clear, the bolded isn't in the index.

To everyone who's surprised at the US and Canada's relative positions -- there's no subjectivity in that ranking beyond the choice of a formula. The only factors involved are

- life expectancy
- mean and expected # years of education
- gross national income (PPP)

Those 3 factors are normalized and given equal weights.
 
Old 03-15-2013, 09:51 AM
 
Location: Hell, NO
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A number three spot for such a large country is mighty impressive.
 
Old 03-15-2013, 11:33 AM
 
Location: M I N N E S O T A
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Don't worry though, the US is about to go through serious austerity soon as well (not just cuts to govt jobs, public services, but also higher taxes with those cuts).
Lol

Oh yay! that's great news.
 
Old 03-15-2013, 11:35 AM
 
Location: M I N N E S O T A
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Israel 16th? NO WAY!
Better than 80% of Europe, that's impossible.
Israel is a pretty nice country, very beautiful cities, I hear the education is great. Saftey may be a problem but still a nice country.
 
Old 03-15-2013, 05:49 PM
 
Location: Chicago(Northside)
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Is it just me or does the fact that the USA is ranked number 3 in terms of highest human development ( Norway being first and Australia second) while Canada is not even in the top ten seem odd? I mean Canadians report being happier, they live longer, have lower unemployment, lower crime rates, and less poverty..Is there something i am missing or is the report biased?
True but we have more people employed, more happy people, more people that live longer, not to mention we have a stronger and larger economy, more diversity, we have the music, movies, we have great health not health care, we have the best highway system in the world, we have the best univeristies, better scientist, better researchers, best military in the world...
 
Old 03-15-2013, 05:53 PM
 
Location: Chicago(Northside)
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Israel 16th? NO WAY!
Better than 80% of Europe, that's impossible.
i been to Israel and i can tell you the people are nice, their economy is doing good, little crime, good educations, their highways are good, the culture, architecture, almost every buildings their is modern not to mention their history and beaches, and a vacation spot.
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