Archive for March, 2012

The U.S. ranks 11th in happiness

30 March 2012 1 comment

According the the Earth Institute at Columbia University, the United States ranks eleventh in the “Average Cantril Ladder,” a measure of happiness. Denmark ranks first. The top ten countries are:

  1. Denmark
  2. Finland
  3. Norway
  4. Netherlands
  5. Canada
  6. Switzerland
  7. Sweden
  8. New Zealand
  9. Australia
  10. Ireland

The U.S. ranks 12th in age of first sex education

16 March 2012 5 comments

According to the 2005 Durex Global Sex Survey, the average age at which Americans have their first sex education is 12.5 years, which makes the United States tied for twelfth with Australia, Japan, and the United Kingdom out of forty-one countries ranked in that category. Germany ranks first, with the average age of first sex education at 11.3 years.

The U.S. ranks 22nd in freedom from corruption

12 March 2012 Leave a comment

According to the Heritage Foundation’s 2012 Index of Economic Freedom, the United States has a freedom from corruption score of 71, which makes the United States tied for twenty-second with Belgium out of one hundred seventy-nine ranked countries. Denmark, New Zealand and Singapore are tied for first, with a score of 94.

In 2011 the United States ranked nineteenth, with a score of 75.