The Best Countries to Live In

The annual United Nations human development index, released today, names Norway the best country in which to live. The list of 182 countries is based on 2007 statistics on life expectancy, literacy, school enrollment, gross domestic product, and other criteria.
The top ten countries listed on the index are: Norway, Australia, Iceland, Canada, Ireland, the Netherlands, Sweden, France, Switzerland and Japan.

The United States ranks 13th, down one spot from last year.

China wins the most-improved award, moving up to number 92. Niger was at the bottom, and Afghanistan came in second to last. Link -via Digg

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For all you God loving country folk, God asked that we do 2 important things: 1) Love God with all our heart by putting no one else before Him 2) Love thy neighbor as you love yourself. You will find that Jesus states these 2 most important commandments in the book of Matthew. So, I'm trying to figure out "where is the love" in any of these comments. On a daily, God has to be shaking his head at all of us saying, "These lost fools don't get it. Don't they know this "life" is just a test run. How in the world will they expect me to allow them to live eternally in heaven despite, gender, race, political views, social status, religion (because God is only interested in a relationship with Him) or even age if they can't temporarily live with one another here on earth. They fight, kill, and steal land & liberties from one another. Seriously, you think I'll allow them into MY paradise with those wicked methods? Since all they do is raise hell on earth, maybe in the afterlife, hell will look a lot more familiar to many of them, thus, they'll--you'll be right at home. I'm sadden that you've totally disregarded the 2 simplest things I've asked you by giving into greed, power, and more importantly ignorance. So, if you are to fight over a life which is really not yours to keep, over land that you can't take with you in death, material things that are worthless here and have absolutely no value in death, we'll please by all means enjoy, because there's a hell just eager to have you, because heaven won't tolerate your drama"

As each and everyone of you "evolve" in this life, my prayers and hopes are that you learn to love God with all your heart and you learn to love your neighbor as you love yourself. I can only hope that I live & give in the manner that God wants and ask of me. And if God is pleased by how I spend my time in his earth, if God is pleased at how & that I loved my neighbor, I hope to see many of you in that paradise called Heaven.

I encourage all of you to live in way that is pleasing to God and love in a way that is pleasing to God. I pray that your 2010 & beyond will bring a new found peace and happiness to all of your lives-to all of our lives.

Sincerely,

Seriously
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Wow, I cant believe some of the comments here;

"I bet BM is not a real American. Probably, either middle eastern or some other disgruntled ethnic group. That's why you won't get a name.. probably from Libya"

LOLS! Man you're really doing nothing to help the argument that americans are very worldly. I swear i've heard a very similar argument followed closely by, "now git offa mah prowpertay 'fore ah shoots me a trespasser! EEEHAW!"

"The communities in the US, as is the case in much of the developed world, are made up of people from many cultures. You can learn as much from your neighbors about quality of life as you can from visiting there."

Aww... thats a cute notion, care to back that up with a credible argument? I'm only saying this because i lived in France for a while, and even university level french students back home dont have clue 1 about what its like. Trust me on that.

Anyhoo, i'm gonna keep watching this thread, I need a giggle after a hard day of work.
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America has been the greatest country in the world. Its experiment in democary in the form of a republic is probably one of the greatest acheivements of all time. That being said the grand ideas of our fore fathers has been subverted by greed and coruption of the very ideals that has made America great. Our leaders over the last 100 years have systematly disasembled our nation, squanderd our wealth and shamed the great people of our nation. Now as we stand on the brink of insolvency America is an easy target for riticule and slander. The backbone of America is her silent hard working everyday people who are loving of there family, charitable to all in need, color blind,and peaceful God loving Citizens. We no longer are in control of what our government does, Yes most of us were so busy raising our children going to work, and living our lives that we were ignorant of what our politians were up to. They have pissed away our fortunes, and stolen the rest, they have spent more money than can ever be repaid. Please stand with me and condem thoes who have done this to our country, However dear reader I belive this is about to change In all of this Nations history, When in our darkest hour a hero has always arose George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Ronald Reagan, And one day soon I pray another hero will don the mantle of Truth, honor, justice, and morality, and tear down this wall of corruption, theivery and imorality and set America back on the path of being the shining light to all of the world. We the real people of America crave to be proud of what our country stands for, what it has been to the world and what it can be in the future.
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To D Bozko your comment about the us being international, well that's a funny thought. You obviously haven't been educated well enough to know about the the period of united states isolationism. (Which by the way in some peoples opinion lead to the rise of Hitler because of the economic crisis which left Germany in shambles)
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I'm an American (originally from Mexico) who happens to disagree with a large portion of American foreign policy. I, like most other people that I know, hated the American government as much as the rest of the world did in the Bush era for destroying the face of America to the rest of the world, and continue to frown upon many practices of the government, even today, a day in which we live under an African American president who is here to give us "change." That being said, I think our government does many things right as well. I, like most people that I know, do not have the "America is the greatest thing to ever happen to the world" mentality. If we want to talk about jumping into a bandwagon, let's talk about the America-haters. A universal observation can be easily be made (i.e. in a forum such as this) - ignorance dominates the world. The problem with that style of thinking (and the people on the particular bandwagon - american hating) is that they seem to have a hatred for the American people. Not the government, not Big Oil, not Wall Street and corporate America, but the people. This hatred is strikingly similar to the hatred that an ignorant American might have for, say, Hispanics, people of Middle-Eastern descent, etc. And it makes me sad. I will take Levi above as a sad example. "I hate the U.S.A. There just mad because they did'nt come first. It's time to get your head around the idea that the WHOLE world hates you." The other day, I read a comment on a similar site. "Get out of our country, you f***** mexicans. Everybody in america f****** hates you!" The similarity between the two comments is undeniable. No reasons, no explanations, nothing. What do you know about the American people? You see what we call a 'tool' or 'douche bag' go to your country and act like a complete moron. Compound that with what you see on international news (or perhaps simply your national news, if the U.S. has managed to put it's nose in your business) and immediately think that everyone in America is as ignorant as the guy you saw or the politician who gave a speech. You failed to notice the nice, educated, tolerant American family that walked right by the moron, scornfully glaring at the guy for making such a terrible impression. It's the same here, too. People hate mexicans and african americans because they see them on the news, in prisons, etc., but fail to notice the myriad of caucasian trash that lines the streets as much as the mexican trash and the african american trash. The rest of the hard working, honest, decent mexicans and african americans go unnoticed in many eyes. Why? Because the hardest thing you can do is to find the faults in yourself before pointing fingers at anyone else. This, combined with frighteningly common self-indulgence and ignorance (here and everywhere else in the world) is the true plague of society, and, I'm afraid, will continue to plague humanity for as long as we exist. I am ignorant in many ways myself. I, like most people in this world, find it easier to point and blame than to find my own faults. But I, as anyone who truly desires a better tomorrow, wake up every day trying to gain new knowledge. I try my best to open my eyes to the world, to other cultures, to other ways of life. Ignorance will always be here to destroy and instill hate. Einstein should have said "Knowledge is limited, but IGNORANCE encircles the world." However, when it comes down to it, it is each individual who must try to grow that is responsible change, for a better tomorrow. Peace and love from a non-ithinkamericanisthebestcountryintheworld-american.

This comment is dedicated to any (and only to any) ignorant person leaving ignorant comments on a blog (no one can see who I am, right? I can say whatever I want!).
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