Today this comic showed up on RichardDawkins.net:
Well, yeah, it’s funny, but something here caught my attention and made me flex my Google muscles and that is…
Norway is ranked first in the world in life expectancy, literacy, education, and standard of living.
Hold on… Norway has the highest life expectancy, literacy rate, education, and standard of living? Well… let’s take a look at a few links.
- Norway is ranked 19th by the CIA World Factbook in terms of life expectancy at 79.78
- Norway’s literacy rate is ranked 17th at 99.0%
- The Organisation for Economie Co-operation and Devlopment ranked Norway 8th in terms of education (sorry, couldn’t find original source).
- Mapsofworld.com (small digression) ranks Norway as one of the top ten highest living standards.
Well, it’s not actually first at any of the things listed in the comic so it’s not exactly honest, is it? But yes, that is damned good, and it shows that nations can be just as good as the U.S. with a primarily atheistic population…
But might I point out one thing? Canada ranks higher in life expectancy than Norway, ranks equally in literacy, is in first place for most educated, and is also among the top ten countries with highest living standards. The U.S. also doesn’t do too shabby with a life expectancy of 78.06 (so Norwegians get one or two more years), a shared literacy rate, second place in education, and also has a place on highest standards of living.
I’m going to go ahead and say, though it’s not as secular, statistically speaking…
Canada > Norway
Update: I present a quote from Franklin Delano Roosevelt:
If there is anyone who still wonders why this war is being fought, let him look to Norway. If there is anyone who has any delusions that this war could have been averted, let him look to Norway; and if there is anyone who doubts the democratic will to win, again I say, let him look to Norway.
You know what this means? FDR had the foresight to know that Norway would be the cause of the Iraq War! Another reason why Canada > Norway!