The U.S. ranks 7th in wireless broadband subscriptions

22 July 2014 Leave a comment

According to the OECD, there are 100.7 wireless broadband subscriptions for every 100 residents of the United States. That is enough to make the United States rank seventh out of thirty-four countries ranked in that category. Finland ranks first, with 123.3 wireless broadband subscriptions for every 100 residents.

The U.S. ranks 101st in peace

19 June 2014 1 comment

According to the 2014 Global Peace Index prepared by the Institute for Economics and Peace, the United States has a peace index score of  2.137, which makes the United States rank one hundred and first out of one hundred sixty-two countries ranked in that category. The United States is ranked between Benin and Angola. The most peaceful country in the world is Iceland, with a score of 1.189

The U.S. ranks first in incarceration

31 May 2014 1 comment

According to the Brookings Institution, in 2013 there were 710 Americans imprisoned for every 100,000 residents. This makes the United States rank first out of thirty-four OECD countries ranked in that category. The average incarceration rate among the OECD nations is 115.

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The U.S. ranks 2nd for approval of drone strikes

29 April 2014 1 comment

According to the Pew Research Center, 61% of Americans “support the use of drones to target extremists in countries like Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia.” That is enough to make the United States rank second out of thirty-nine countries ranked in that category. Israel ranks first, with 64% of Israelis supporting such strikes.

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The U.S. ranks 60th in the cost of fast food

27 March 2014 Leave a comment

According to the website Numbeo, the average cost of a MacDonald’s combo meal (or the equivalent at a different fast food chain) is $6.25, which makes the United States rank sixtieth in terms of the expense of fast food out of one hundred twenty-five countries ranked in that category. The most expensive country in which to purchase a combo meal is Norway, at $15.70. The least expensive country in which to purchase a combo meal is the Philippines, at $2.89.

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The U.S. ranks 13th in believing homosexuality should be accepted

14 March 2014 Leave a comment

According to the Pew Global Attitudes Project, sixty percent of Americans believe that society should accept homosexuality. That is enough to make the United States tied for thirteenth (with Brazil) out of thirty-nine countries ranked in that category. Spain ranks first, with 88% of Spaniards believing that homosexuality should be accepted.2013-Homosexuality-05

The U.S. ranks 23rd in gender equality

12 March 2014 1 comment

According to the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report for 2013, the United States ranks twenty-third in gender equality out of one hundred thirty six countries ranked in that category. The United States is sandwiched in between Burundi and Australia. The report measures “the magnitude and scope of gender-based disparities.”

The top ten countries for gender equality are:

  1. Iceland
  2. Finland
  3. Norway
  4. Sweden
  5. Philippines
  6. Ireland
  7. New Zealand
  8. Denmark
  9. Switzerland
  10. Nicaragua
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