Compare and Contrast

I came across an interactive site comparing different countries as part of a Newsweek series about the best countries to live in. I was pleasantly surprised to see that Israel ranked 22 out of 100, and I decided to see where our neighbors ranked.

The nearest competitor was Jordan, ranked 53. Egypt came in at 74, and Syria at 83.

Some of the statistics were no surprise. Israel, with very little natural resources, has thrived economically because of three things – G-d’s blessings, our brain power, and our democratic freedoms (and considering how tough it is to run a business here, I wonder just how well we would do if the red tape was really cut….).

I was surprised at the difference in life expectancy though – in some cases people in our neighboring countries can expect to live 10 years less than we do!!!

The difference in literacy also surprised me…

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. jjoe
    Aug 18, 2010 @ 18:10:05

    Considering that we Jews rule the world, I was hoping for a better ranking…

  2. ladolcevitamin
    Sep 03, 2010 @ 16:21:17

    *palm* *forehead*

    really, jjoe?

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