Tuesday, April 12, 2011

World's Best - Country, Who's Number One?

World's Best - Country?

Who's Number One?

- United States
- Japan
- China


Final Count
1. China (4) WINS (Population. Summer Olympics, Longest Bridge, Fastest Train)












China is on course to overtake the US in scientific output possibly as soon as 2013.


2. United States (3 wins, Billionaires, Supercomputer, GDP)











Few areas USA rules the bottom.
America is now (in a ranking of 20 affluent countries):

- The highest poverty rate, both generally and for children;
- The highest infant mortality rate
- The highest prevalence of mental health problems
- The highest obesity rate
- The highest consumption of anti-depressants per capita
- The shortest life expectancy at birth (except for Denmark and Portugal);
- The highest carbon dioxide emissions and water consumption per capita
- The lowest scores for student performance in math (except for Portugal and Italy) (and far down from the top in both science and reading);
- The highest high school drop out rate (except for Spain);

3. Canada (1 win, Winter Olympics)








3. Japan (1 win, Life Expectancy)








3. UAE (1 win, Tallest Skyscraper)











3. Russia (1 win, Land Mass)









3. South Korea (1 win, Internet Speed)











3. Luxembourg (1 win, Broadband Penetration)










Details below:
Gross Domestic Product (trillions)
1. United States ($14.25)

2. Japan ($5.06)
3. China (4.90)

United States gets the first win (1).




Land Mass (1,000,000 km2)
1. Russia (17)

2. Canada (9.9)
3/4. China* (9.64)
3/4.  United States of America* (9.62)

Russia (1 win)


Population (billions)
1. China (1.34)



2. India (1.19)
3. United States (0.31)

China (1 win)

Life Expectancy
1.  Japan (82.6)


2.  Hong Kong (82.2)
3.  Iceland (81.8)

Japan (1 win)


Winter Olympics 2010, gold tally
1. Canada (14)


2. Germany (10)
3. United States (9)

Canada (1 win)


Summer Olympics 2010, gold tally

1. China (51) 

2. United States (36)
3. Russia (23)

China (2 wins)




Billionaires
1.  United States (403)


2.  China (64)
3.  Russia (62)

United States (2 wins)




Fastest Supercomputer
1. Jaguar - Cray XT5-HE, Cray Inc. (US)


2. Nebulae - Dawning TC3600 Blade, Dawning (China)
3. Roadrunner - BladeCenter QS22/LS21 Cluster, IBM (US)

United States (3 wins)


Longest Bridge
1. Weihe Grand Bridge - 79,732 m (China)


2. Bang Na Expressway - 54,000 m (Thailand)
3. Lake Pontchartrain Causeway - 38,442 m (US)

China (3 wins)


Fastest Train (Average speed of fastest scheduled train)
1. China (313 km/h)


2. France (272 km/h)
3. Japan (256 km/h)

China (4 wins)




Tallest skyscrapers
1. Burj Khalifa, Dubai - 828 m (UAE)


2. Taipei 101, Taipei - 508 m (Taiwan)
3. Shanghai World Financial Center,  Shanghai - 492 m (China)

UAE (1 win)







Average Internet Connection Speed (Mbps)
1. South Korea (11.7)


2. Hong Kong (8.6)
3. Japan (7.6)

South Korea (1 win)








Broadband Penetration (% of households)
1. Luxembourg (99%)

2. Hong Kong (99%)
3. South Korea (97%)

Luxembourg (1 win)






Sources:
Gross Domestic Product (GDP)
Land Mass
* = depends on definition of Land area
Population
Life Expectancy
Winter Olympics 2010, gold tally
Summer Olympics 2010, gold tally
Billionaires
Fastest Supercomputer
Longest Bridge
Fastest Train
Tallest skyscrapers
Average Internet Connection Speed
Broadband Penetration (% of households)
Misc.

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