International Comparisons has the most comprehensive and up-to-date performance indicators for eleven selected advanced democracies and the United States. We provide objective information for academics, students, journalists and others, with:

  • Hundreds of quantitative and qualitative statistics
  • Easy to use, with a consistent interface and format
  • Statistics in table format with graphs available
  • Notes and links to complement and substantiate the data

International Comparisons compares the performance of eleven advanced democracies with the United States on many indicators:

  • Overview: 7 indicators using multiple indexes
  • Economic: 31 indicators in 4 areas
  • Environmental: 39 indicators in 6 areas
  • Political: 62 indicators in 7 areas
  • Social: 98 indicators in 17 areas
Population in Millions
Australia24.9Japan127.2
Canada37.1Netherlands17.1
Denmark5.8Norway5.3
France65.0Sweden10.0
Germany83.1United Kingdom67.1
Italy60.6United States311.6

Source: oecdbetterlifeindex.org

In general, the performance of the advanced democracies is ahead of the United States. The data allow studying this idea.

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Important Points

On average, residents of the United States have high personal income, high productivity, large houses, and ready access to higher education. However, compared to eleven advanced democracies, the United States is the most militarized nation, has the highest population growth, the highest concentration of income and wealth, the highest child poverty, the least successful basic education, the lowest health status, the highest health care costs, more crime, less leisure time, higher rates of abortion and teen pregnancy, and lower status for women. The United States is not a democracy because the loser of the popular vote wins the nation’s highest office. The United States is the least environmentally sustainable of the advanced democracies, the most polluting, and the most dependent on automobiles and fossil fuels.

European Union – In 1957, 10 European countries signed the Treaty of Rome, forming the EU. By 2007 the EU had 27 countries and 490 million people. The EU has a unified currency (the Euro, with the exception of the U.K.), open borders, free trade, free capital and a coordinated foreign policy. The EU requires applicants to meet requirements for democracy and institutional reform.

Race – This guide has no international information about race because international statistics are hard to find and because class and ethnic conflict are much more important. We agree with Wolff et al. (see Human Development Index sources):

“…society’s most visible problems do not stem primarily from race; they stem from poverty…. The poor, both black and white, share the same approximate rates of crime, welfare, teenage and single parenthood, substance abuse and other social problems.”

Discrimination related to race increases poverty among minorities, but America’s statistics for whites are worse than Europe’s. Despite growth of an American black middle and upper class, American blacks in general are doing worse than whites in health, education, crime, and income. American Hispanics and Indians also have serious poverty problems, while Asian Americans are generally even with whites.

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