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*****GCI Chart: Measuring Global Competitiveness. The Chart of the Week is a weekly Visual Capitalist feature on Fridays.

*****GCI Chart: Measuring Global Competitiveness

What makes an economy competitive at the global level, and why? It’s a question that economists, investors, and politicians have been asking themselves for decades. And to help answer it, the World Economic Forum has created the Global Competitiveness Index, or GCI. How can we measure competitiveness? *****Fragility Index / Indices (interactive map)

*****Global Peace Index: What would the Vikings have said? Read more. *****The chart that shows UK workers have had the worst wage performance in the OECD except Greece. The UK has suffered the biggest drop in average real wages of any OECD country except depression-wracked Greece, according to a pre-general election analysis published by the London School of Economics.

*****The chart that shows UK workers have had the worst wage performance in the OECD except Greece

The LSE's Centre for Economic Performance (CEP) uses OECD data to show that average wages for British workers, when adjusted for inflation, fell by more than 5 per cent between 2007 and 2015, The only member of the OECD group of nations that saw a worse performance was Greece, which has seen its economy shrink by around a quarter since 2008, thanks to massive austerity and the prospect of the country crashing out of the eurozone. Second worst in the OECD Real wages in the UK began to grow again in 2015 and 2016 as inflation fell to below zero.

Why flush toilets aren't the answer to improving sanitation. *****Which are the world's strongest democracies? Bigger perspective: share of people in absolute poverty has been decreasing massively over the last 200 years. Animated #map by @flowingdata shows the legal #drinking age across the globe. Data is based on this Wikipedia entry. *****Economic history of the world in one minute by @TheEconomist. Percentage of people 15 years or older who smoke according to the WHO. How would Richard Di Natale's reduced working week affect Australia's economy? The Greens leader, Richard Di Natale, has raised the prospect of reducing the number of hours in the Australian working week in his National Press Club address, alongside a number of other policies: We rightly talk about the 16% of people who want to work more hours.

How would Richard Di Natale's reduced working week affect Australia's economy?

But what we don’t hear about is from the more than one in four Australians who say, ‘We want to work less.’A four-day working week or a six-hour day, it might actually make us happier and create more opportunities for others who want more work. So how does Australia’s working life compare with other countries around the world? And just how would a reduced working week affect workers and the economy? *****Infrastructure and development: #Map: Highway network in #Africa. Horrible road from #Nairobi to #Mombasa limits economic development. Catastrophe!

*****Which country is the world's leading economic power? (superpowers; geopolitics; perception) The joy of the bookstore lies in what might be called the analog experience of the physical space: Hushed page-flipping; the sound of two covers sliding against each other as a book is returned to its spot on the shelf; the quiet murmur of, “Have you read this one?”

*****Which country is the world's leading economic power? (superpowers; geopolitics; perception)

Luddites and Twitter junkies alike need insulation from the glare of screens and the sounds of speakers. Tomorrow (May 25), Amazon will open its first brick-and-mortar bookstore in New York City. The store is on the third floor of a shopping behemoth in Columbus Circle, where a Borders closed its doors in 2011, just blocks away from where a massive Barnes & Noble sold books for 16 years before it, too, closed. Average cigarette consumption per capita by country in Europe @JakubMarian. It's counter-intuitive to many but it's true: the world is becoming less poverty stricken. Nobody shows this better than @MaxCRoser. *****USA life expectancy v health expenditure: This one chart shows how far behind the #US lags in healthcare #health.

*****USA life expectancy v health expenditure: This one chart shows how far behind the US lags in healthcare. Is the money we're spending on health care keeping us alive?

*****USA life expectancy v health expenditure: This one chart shows how far behind the US lags in healthcare

On a certain level, that's the big test of any health-care system — and the United States is failing. According to above chart, U.S. life expectancy continues to lag far behind other developed countries, despite spending way more on medical treatments aimed at keeping us alive. *****Life expectancy differences in USA: A 'survival gap' Watch how fast the world became obese. Life expectancy at birth according to the world health organization #Europe #Health. Number of Guns per 100 inhabitants in Europe #Europe. Which countries provide their citizens with the best higher #education? *****Which are Africa's most competitive countries? #af17. Which Europeans have the longest working lives? #Europe. *****UK regions and the countries for which they have an equivalent GDP. *****Gross National Happiness Index (composite index): A political priority. Read more. July 1936 Southern Railway Magazine Orphanage section interesting insight into living standards only 81 yrs ago, just 3 yrs from WW2 #SR.

*****Dorking / Ranmore: Conditions like rickets & scurvy parents and grandparents had to contend with before we were lucky and it disappeared from the country. To 5 countries for #health & #education. #UK #Germany #Norway #Japan #USA. Smartphones are not as common in #Greece and #Hungary as I'd have expected. *****International comparison of what % of family earnings come from men vs women. @OECD chart. Say religion is very important □□Indonesia 95% □□India 80% □□Brazil 74% □□US 53% □□Mexico 37% □□Israel 34% □□UK 21% □□France 14% □□China 3%

Countries where many people are still living in the dark - Our World. Electricity is a basic need of mankind and forms a core component for good living.

Countries where many people are still living in the dark - Our World

Though the countries around the world have strived to provide their populace with this basic necessity, there are many nations around the world where a substantial part of the population still does not have access to electricity. According to a 2012 World Bank report, the European continent is the most well off where 100 percent of the population has access to electricity.

In a couple of African and Asian nations such as Morocco, Egypt, Iran and Thailand too 100 percent of the people have access to electricity. In war-torn and unstable nations like Iraq and Libya also the people were quite well off with the percentage of population with access to this basic necessity standing at 100 percent. However, the sub-Saharan African were badly affected with a close to 600 million people having no access to electricity. The South Asian nation of India, which is an emerging economic power, also does not fare well. Russian subjects by Human Development Index. *****"What if cure for cancer is trapped inside of the mind of someone who can't afford an education?" *****How has the number of extremely poor people changed since 1990? Five measures of growth that are better than GDP #economics. In #Scandinavia kids leave their parents' home early. In #croatia #Slovakia #Italy they stay home forever. #Map shows access to toilets in #India.

#Italy may have a struggling economy but its people are the healthiest in the world. Executions, 2013-2016 1 China 2 Iran 3 Saudi 4 Vietnam 5 Pakistan 6 Iraq 7 US 8 Somalia 9 Egypt 10 Sudan. American Internet Speed Averages 12.6 Mb/s, Good Compared to North America but Slow Compared to Europe – 60 Second Statistics. With all the talk of ISPs selling information I figured I would take a look at exactly what kind of internet speeds we get compared to what ISPs are giving their customers around the world.

American Internet Speed Averages 12.6 Mb/s, Good Compared to North America but Slow Compared to Europe – 60 Second Statistics

It should be noted that you’re going to have extreme broadband penetration in highly urbanized countries like Singapore and South Korea, leading to very high average speeds. While this tells some of the story, it’s important to keep in mind that most of the measurements come from urban areas. In the U.S., many rural areas also have decent access to broadband if you are in or near a town. Rural areas in countries like Bolivia are places where you’d be lucky to get a cell phone signal.

This is a great chart to look at to get a good idea about how fast you can expect the internet to be in a certain country, but the speeds can vary greatly within national borders. Data: Akamai As you can tell, the European countries (green) have relatively high speeds, ranging from Italy’s 6.5 Mb/s to Sweden’s 17.4 Mb/s. Average #internet speeds per country. #USA and #Germany OK. #Korea amazing. #Australia not so much... Animation shows global level of #education in absolute and relative terms over time. The world is becoming more and more educated.

Botswana’s GDP per capita increased 38-fold in this period. And the country is richer today than Norway was back then. You shouldn't have any trouble buffering in these countries. Read more. #Map shows share of #smoking men. Europe still pretty high. Globally picture is the same. Urban areas significantly higher educated than regional ones. Index. *****TACTICS (high performing education systems): These countries could be the world's new education superstars #edchat. On mobile press on the GIF to stop animation to get a chance to read the #map. Fun little exercise. New visualisation: Extreme poverty decreases when average national incomes grow. The research behind it is here. *****The link between English and economics. Billions of people around the globe are desperately trying to learn English—not simply for self-improvement, but as an economic necessity.

*****The link between English and economics

It’s easy to take for granted being born in a country where people speak the lingua franca of global business, but for people in emerging economies such as China, Russia, and Brazil, where English is not the official language, good English is a critical tool, which people rightly believe will help them tap into new opportunities at home and abroad.

Why should global business leaders care about people learning English in other parts of the world? Research shows a direct correlation between the English skills of a population and the economic performance of the country. Indicators like gross national income (GNI) and GDP go up. These 6 charts prove why the world is better than it's ever been. 2016 Human Development Report. The 11 best economies in the world to live in, according the the UN. There are no cities safer than these. Read more. The link between English and economics. *****Traffic in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Just watching this is stressing me out. GDP of each German state if they were an independent nation. ***How many economies you can fit in California?

*****Infrastructure: How low-income countries can strengthen their growth. By Tao Zhang and Vladimir Klyuev Versions in: عربي (Arabic), 中文 (Chinese), Français (French), and Español (Spanish) Low-income countries should build more infrastructure to strengthen growth.

*****Infrastructure: How low-income countries can strengthen their growth

A new IMF analysis looks at ways to overcome obstacles. The clock is now ticking on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and while investment—critical to this agenda—has been rising in recent years among low-income countries, weak infrastructure is still hampering growth. Governments need to make significant improvements to lay foundations for flourishing economies: roads to connect people to markets, electricity to keep factories running, sanitation to stave off disease, and pipelines to deliver safe water. For that reason, upgrading and expanding transport, telecommunications and utilities is a key pillar in many countries’ national development strategies.

#Map shows which countries are most likely to be labelled "no data" in maps. So meta! High res version here. These are the countries where workers are best at English. In the aviation industry, miscommunication can be fatal.

These are the countries where workers are best at English

More than 1,000 deaths in plane crashes have been due to communication failures, often between crews that speak English and crews that don’t. Since 2001, English has been the international language of pilots and air traffic controllers, and airlines across the world have invested in English training programs for pilots, flight attendants, and other customer-facing staff. In its pivot to English, the aviation industry is not unique: Around the world, companies and industries are recognizing the need for a lingua franca, or common language.

We’ve published research that shows countries with higher English proficiency tend to be more innovative and have stronger economies. (Un)Happy Nations - Views of the World. March, 20th is the United Nations’ International Day of Happiness, recognising ‘the importance of happiness in the lives of people around the world’. Bhutan is credited as the first country to have implemented the concept of ‘Gross National Happiness’ as an official measure for the state of a nation, introduced in 1972. After the global financial crash in 2008, ideas about giving the ‘spiritual, physical, social and environmental health of [people] and natural environment’ more prominence over mere economic development are reflected more and more in international efforts towards a sustainable future.

The Happy Planet Index (HPI), developed by the New Economics Foundation, takes a rather radical approach on this issue. It aims to measure well-being and happiness by taking a universal and long-term approach to understanding, how efficiently people in a country are using their environmental resources to live long and happy lives. (click for larger version including additional detail) Is there a link between happiness & a nation's disaster risk management? #switch2sendai #InternationalDayOfHappiness #MEXICOGP2017. These countries have the most doctoral graduates #education #edchat. There’s a new ranking of the healthiest countries. How is yours doing? *****Well-being: Denmark has the best work-life balance. Here’s why.

Wonderful animation from the king of big picture data @MaxCRoser plots mean years of schooling and child mortality. Uk.businessinsider. Jennifer Polland /Business Insider The INSIDER Summary: #Map shows #recycling rates across #Europe. I'm a bit sceptical about the low rates in Scandinavia... Do vegetarians live longer? This is what the latest research says #health. Do vegetarians live longer? This is what the latest research says. In the past few years, you may have noticed more and more people around you turning away from meat. At dinner parties or family barbecues, on your social media feed or in the news, vegetarianism and its more austere cousin, veganism, are becoming increasingly popular. While the veggie patty and the superfood salad are not going to totally replace lamb, chicken or beef as Aussie staples any time soon, the number of Australians identifying as a vegetarian is rising steadily. According to Roy Morgan Research, almost 2.1 million Australian adults now say their diet is all or almost all vegetarian.

Ask someone why they are a vegetarian and you are likely to get many different answers. The reasons include environmental, animal welfare and ethical concerns, religious beliefs and, of course, health considerations. It’s this last factor we set out to investigate. We followed a total of 267,180 men and women over an average of six years. Other ‘healthy’ factors. 5 charts that show the global state of smoking. Tobacco use kills 6 million people a year - that’s one person every six seconds. If left unchecked, this number could rise to 8 million a year by 2030. It’s why efforts such as plain packaging laws highlighted in my colleague Patricio's blog and this year’s World No Tobacco Day are so important.

I’ve taken a look at tobacco use estimates from the WHO’s Global Health Observatory below to get a better idea of where smokers are, how smoking rates have changed over time, and how they vary between men and women. 2017 Terrorist Attacks. Travel Risk Map (2017) Global health and travel security risks review. MEDICAL RISK RATING DEFINITIONSInternational SOS assigns medical risk ratings to countries* by assessing a range of health risks and mitigating factors including: infectious diseases, environmental factors, medical evacuation data, the standard of available local emergency medical and dental care, access to quality pharmaceutical supplies, and cultural, language or administrative barriers. *****Brain scans of 1,100 kids found that low incomes meant exponentially severe losses in brain development #basicincome.

Life expectancy by country: #Spain leads in #Europe. Life expectancy globally and by world regions since 1770. Life expectancy doubled in each world region. These are the European countries where the most people smoke. Read more Source: Eurostat. Total number of PhD graduates indicates intellectual firepower, share of pop indicates influence within country. Public #health: in 1988 globally 388,000 new #polio cases were counted annually. Last year 37 cases were registered!

Very clever graph by @joe_atikian compares lifespan of royalty with lifespan of average population over six centuries. #Demographics. Today in Ladybird 13 Feb 1832 the first appearance of cholera in London. ***Infrastructure for development: How low-income countries can strengthen their growth. This map shows how many millions of children are exposed to dangerously high levels of pollution. Almost one in seven children – a total of 300 million – live in areas with extreme air pollution, according to a report by UNICEF. That means that they are breathing air that exceeds international limits by at least six times. Modern, globalised lifestyles fuelling obesity epidemic. A new LSE study suggests that our 21st century, globalised lifestyles are fuelling the rise of obesity. The study, published in Food Policy, compared the link between globalisation and obesity, measuring two kinds of globalisation; economic, which leads to lower food prices and increased trade, and social, which has led to increased sedentary recreation activities.

Global Reach Map. The world as 100 people, glimpsed over 200 years of history. *****GDP v HDI: The New 1st, 2nd, and 3rd World. Where smoking is on the rise. These are the places with the fastest internet in the world. Lox lovers and sashimi devotees, prepare to shell out this year. According to the Nasdaq Salmon Index, salmon prices are at historic highs—and it’s all because of one tiny, nefarious little creature. Chart: The Countries With The Fastest Internet. Latest figures According to Akamai, South Korea is well ahead of the pack when it comes to fast internet. With an average connection speed of 26.3 Mbps, 10 more than the U.S., no country even comes close.

The UK has even less to shout about than the States, with a paltry 14.9 Mbps. 12 charts that explain the good - and the bad - trends from 2016. Which countries are on the right track, according to their citizens? GRAPHIC: Countries with life expectancy below 60 years. These 6 charts prove why the world is better than it's ever been.