USA ranked second-best country in the world

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1 Denmark 197.75
2 Finland 195.30
3 Netherlands 191.25
4 Switzerland
5 Austria 190.22
6 Germany 190.04
7 Australia 188.70
8 New Zealand 182.40
9 United States 180.56
10 Sweden 176.81

https://www.numbeo.com/quality-of-life/rankings_by_country.jsp

I think Australia is overrated in the OP's chart from 2011 and it's down to 7th place in 2018. The Economist is misleading when it comes to describing Australia, which is not a utopian country. Australia is a penal colony founded in 1787 by 1,500 British convicts deported from England.



The First Fleet was the 11 ships that departed from Portsmouth, England, on 13 May 1787 to found the penal colony that became the first European settlement in Australia. The Fleet consisted of two Royal Navy vessels, three store ships and six convict transports, carrying between 1,000 and 1,500 convicts, marines, seamen, civil officers and free people (accounts differ on the numbers), and a vast quantity of stores. From England, the Fleet sailed southwest to Rio de Janeiro, then east to Cape Town and via the Great Southern Ocean to Botany Bay, arriving over the period of 18 to 20 January 1788, taking 250 to 252 days from departure to final arrival.

Convicts were originally transported to the Thirteen Colonies in North America, but after the American War of Independence ended in 1783, the newly formed United States refused to accept further convicts.[1] On 6 December 1785, Orders in Council were issued in London for the establishment of a penal colony in New South Wales, on land claimed for Britain by explorer James Cook in his first voyage to the Pacific in 1770.[2][3]

The First Fleet was commanded by Commodore Arthur Phillip, who was given instructions authorising him to make regulations and land grants in the colony.[4] The ships arrived at Botany Bay between 18 January and 20 January 1788:[5] HMS Supply arrived on 18 January, Alexander, Scarborough and Friendship arrived on 19 January, and the remaining ships on 20 January.[6][7]

The cost to Britain of outfitting and despatching the Fleet was £84,000[8] (about £9.6 million as of 2015).[9]
 
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Making that up must have taken quite a lot of time. Don't you ever sleep? Read some of your own posts if you can't drop off.
IF you were smart enough, you would have clicked on EDIT or REPLY to get to link, to see it was NOT made up. :p
 
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I wouldn't be surprised that under Trump's leadership, we leapfrog Australia, and become #1! :D

 
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Correction!!! We're #1!!! :D

A little old, but no doubt the gap between #2 is EVEN GREATER nowadays!!! :cool:

 
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By both States and countries' median household income. Taking into consideration cost of living, especially fuel, heating costs, and taxes, Americans are WAY better off than Canadians! :cool:



 
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