According to Bloomberg.com, the United States has the forty-fourth most efficient health care system out of fifty-one countries ranked in that category. (Efficiency includes life expectancy and health care costs per capita.) The top ten countries in health care efficiency are:
- Hong Kong
- South Korea
- United Arab Emirates
- United Kingdom
According to the World Economic Forum’s 2014-15 Global Competitiveness Report, the United States has the third most competitive economy in the world. (The U.S. ranked fifth in 2013-14.) Switzerland has the most competitive economy. Global competitiveness is “defined as the set of institutions, policies and factors that determine the level of productivity.”
Here’s something different from what I normally do. I found myself wondering recently about the amount of corn grown in the world. I found out here that in 2014-15, an estimated 175.5 million hectares of land is under corn production.
How much is that?
Well, it turns out that 175.5 million hectares is about 677,606 square miles.
What do you think? Should I post more maps like this?
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.