Archive for January, 2013

The U.S. ranks 17th in educational performance

25 January 2013 2 comments

According to the report, The Learning Curve, developed by the Economist Intelligence Unit, the United States ranks seventeenth out of forty countries ranked in overall educational performance. Finland ranks first. The top ten countries in educational performance are:

  1. Finland
  2. South Korea
  3. Hong Kong SAR
  4. Japan
  5. Singapore
  6. United Kingdom
  7. Netherlands
  8. New Zealand
  9. Switzerland
  10. Canada.

The U.S. ranks 1st in death by violence

11 January 2013 6 comments

According to the National Academy of Sciences, in 2008 the United States had a death-by-violence rate of 6.47 per 100,000 people. That is enough to make the United States rank first out of seventeen “high-income democracies” ranked in that category. The second-ranked country was Finland, with a death-by-violence rate of 2.24 per 100,000.

The U.S. ranks 89th in depth of global connectedness

7 January 2013 Leave a comment

According to DHL, the United States has a “depth of global connectedness” score of 18.18 (out of a possible score of 50), which makes the United States rank eighty-ninth out of one hundred forty countries ranked in that category. Hong Kong ranks first, with a score of 50.

Preview of “Depth of Global Connectedness.xlsx”

A Bad Week for the First Amendment

4 January 2013 Leave a comment
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The U.S. ranks 47th in press freedom

4 January 2013 2 comments

According to Reporters Without Borders, the United States ranks forty-seventh out of one hundred seventy-nine countries ranked for freedom of the press. The top ten countries for press freedom are:

  1. Finland
  2. Norway
  3. Estonia
  4. Netherlands
  5. Austria
  6. Iceland
  7. Luxembourg
  8. Switzerland
  9. Cape Verde
  10. Canada and Denmark (tied)