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Countries with Highest Standard of Living

 
 
Reply Sun 17 Jul, 2005 06:28 pm
I just googled some info about countries with the highest standard of living and found this list of the top ten. (However, this is for the years 2003-2004). Thought it would be interesting to share it with you.

World Top 10 - Countries with Highest
Standard of Living

Country

1. Norway
2. Sweden
3. Canada
4. Belgium
5. Australia
6. United States
7. Iceland
8. Netherlands
9. Japan
10. Finland


Anything surprise you? I was surprised that the US only ranks 6th!! I knew we weren't #1 on standard of living, but I thought we were at least in the top five!!
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goodfielder
 
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Reply Sun 17 Jul, 2005 06:32 pm
As with many things it depends on the criteria used. What surprises me about that list is that the UK doesn't appear in it.
Stray Cat
 
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Reply Sun 17 Jul, 2005 06:39 pm
Actually, that doesn't surprise me, goodfielder!! But what happened to Switzerland? I always thought they were in the top five!!

What happened to you Switzerland?
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Lash
 
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Reply Sun 17 Jul, 2005 06:42 pm
Wonder what they may have in common.
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Amigo
 
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Reply Sun 17 Jul, 2005 06:43 pm
Norway here I come.Hows the weather?
CalamityJane
 
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Reply Sun 17 Jul, 2005 06:47 pm
Haha, coming from southern California, you'd never
make it in Norway Amigo.

I'm missing Germany as well, but then again, their
economy has suffered quite tremendously in the past
years, cutting down on the standard of living.
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Stray Cat
 
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Reply Sun 17 Jul, 2005 06:49 pm
Actually, I've travelled to Sweden, so I was aware that they generally have a pretty high standard of living there. Didn't know things were so good in Norway, though. Boy, those Scandinavians must be doing something right!

I'd also heard that Finland and Iceland have a pretty good standard of living too.

But how did those saucy Aussies manage to bump us down to sixth place? What's up with that? How dare you, you saucy Aussies!!
Amigo
 
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Reply Sun 17 Jul, 2005 06:59 pm
I keep hearing that.I almost killed myself in seatle.I'll start unpacking....Hey wait australia here I come
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goodfielder
 
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Reply Sun 17 Jul, 2005 07:02 pm
They must have been using the "beer drinking index" for us to get in there Very Happy
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goodfielder
 
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Reply Sun 17 Jul, 2005 07:04 pm
Amigo wrote:
I keep hearing that.I almost killed myself in seatle.I'll start unpacking....Hey wait australia here I come


It's winter in the temperate areas here - 1.5c this morning when I lurched out of bed. But in Darwin (in the tropical north) it was 22c at the same time Cool
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Amigo
 
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Reply Sun 17 Jul, 2005 07:27 pm
Whats that in farinhiet
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goodfielder
 
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Reply Sun 17 Jul, 2005 07:35 pm
35f and 72f
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Amigo
 
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Reply Sun 17 Jul, 2005 11:15 pm
No problem
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Prince El
 
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Reply Wed 14 Sep, 2005 03:03 am
god i must buy a home in norway
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msolga
 
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Reply Wed 14 Sep, 2005 03:22 am
Re: Countries with Highest Standard of Living
Stray Cat wrote:
I just googled some info about countries with the highest standard of living and found this list of the top ten. (However, this is for the years 2003-2004). Thought it would be interesting to share it with you.

World Top 10 - Countries with Highest
Standard of Living

Country

1. Norway
2. Sweden
3. Canada
4. Belgium
5. Australia
6. United States
7. Iceland
8. Netherlands
9. Japan
10. Finland


Anything surprise you? I was surprised that the US only ranks 6th!! I knew we weren't #1 on standard of living, but I thought we were at least in the top five!!


I suspect that this index is based on average earnings. I know one thing: in Oz more people are are now in the "higher" bracket than say, 10 years ago. But an awfully large number (including the so-called middle class) are now struggling to make ends meet & often very much in the throes of credit debt. These sorts of statistics can be very misleading unless you look at the how folk on all levels of income are actually coping financially.
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Thomas
 
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Reply Wed 14 Sep, 2005 04:37 am
Re: Countries with Highest Standard of Living
Stray Cat wrote:
Anything surprise you? I was surprised that the US only ranks 6th!! I knew we weren't #1 on standard of living, but I thought we were at least in the top five!!

Yes -- I am surprised by the fact that the site where I think you found this doesn't mention any source for its ranking, and does not say how it measured the standard of living. For all we know, they just made up their data.

The data looks vaguely, but not quite like the ranking from the UN's Human Developement Reports of 2003 (PDF)and 2004 (PDF). The Human Development Index (HDI) is measured as a function of per-capita income, life expectancy at birth, school enrolment, and adult literacy. Wikipedia describes the calculation in more detail. The most current edition was published in 2005 (PDF). Various non-profits, both partisan and genuinely philanthropic, have spun out variations of this index; but to my knowledge the HDI is the most respected one.
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Lord Ellpus
 
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Reply Wed 14 Sep, 2005 05:48 am
Lash wrote:
Wonder what they may have in common.


The UK and Switzerland?

We both have lots of cows, churches, gruel as our only affordable food and a passion for lederhosen in the bedroom.
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Prince El
 
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Reply Wed 14 Sep, 2005 09:38 pm
when i was 14 i went to india - there were cows all over the road
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Lord Ellpus
 
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Reply Thu 15 Sep, 2005 06:21 am
Walking about a bit, or just lying there, looking a bit splattered?

Welcome to A2K by the way, Prince El.
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Prince El
 
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Reply Thu 15 Sep, 2005 09:58 am
thanks

they were actually resting in the middle of the road, not only cows there were pigs, dogs ...kinda wild life sanctuary....though still its a great country.
that city is my ancestral city- other cities are better
 

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