Musings

Robert Harley robert.harley@inria.fr
Mon, 15 Oct 2001 13:41:26 +0200 (MET DST)


cat /dev/sdw@lig.net:
>Progress can mean many things, but suffice 
>it to say that the US is the leader in all of enhanced survival, [etc.]

Enhanced survival, whatever it is, would surely have to take survival
into account i.e., life expectancy.

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Countries ranks according to life expectancy at birth in 2001:

  Andorra
  Macau
  San Marino
  Japan
  Singapore
  Australia
  Guernsey
  Switzerland
  Sweden
  Hong Kong
  Canada
  Iceland
  Italy
  Gibraltar
  Cayman Islands
  Monaco
  Liechtenstein
  Spain
  France
  Norway
  Israel
  Jersey
  Greece
  Faroe Islands
  Aruba
  Netherlands
  Martinique
  Virgin Islands
  Malta
  Montserrat
  New Zealand
  Belgium
  Guam
  Austria
  United Kingdom
  Saint Pierre and Miquelon
  Man, Isle of
  Germany
  Finland
  Jordan
  Luxembourg
* United States *
  Guadeloupe
  Bermuda
  [...]

Source:
  CIA World Factbook 2001,
  http://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/fields/life_expectancy_at_birth.html


(somebody should tell the CIA that Guernsey, Guam, etc, are not countries...)

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Perhaps a better indicator, the World Health Organization's
"Disability Adjusted Life Expectancy":

>DALE summarizes the expected number of years to be lived in what might
>be termed the equivalent of "full health." To calculate DALE, the
>years of ill-health are weighted according to severity and subtracted
>from the expected overall life expectancy to give the equivalent years
>of healthy life.

Ranking:

  Japan
  Australia
  France
  Sweden
  Spain
  Italy
  Greece
  Switzerland
  Monaco
  Andorra
  [...]
* United States (at #24) *
  [...]

Source:
  WHO press release
  http://www.who.int/inf-pr-2000/en/pr2000-life.html

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Ranking according to the United Nation's "Human Development Index"
which is a pretty good quality-of-life indicator, also taking into
account income (PPP) and education:

  Norway
  Australia
  Canada
  Sweden
  Belgium
* United States *
  Iceland
  Netherlands
  Japan
  Finland
  Switzerland
  Luxembourg
  France
  United Kindom
  Denmark
  [...]

Source:
  Human Development Report 2001
  http://www.undp.org/hdr2001/hdi.pdf

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