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Nationmaster – A Fun Research Resource

I found Nationmaster while looking up world statistics and found it to be a goldmine of easily accessible information.
You can compare any countries you like using any statistical criteria you like or see the world rankings for any criteria.  I just blew the last hour playing around with this shiny new toy.

Usually we get spoonfed disparate statistics in articles according to the agenda of the people allowing it to be published.

I think I learned more about the world in the last hour on this site than in years of reading magazine and internet articles.

Revelations:  For some reasons organizations using GINI as a barometer for quality of life never seem to mention that the top ranking nations by this criteria are unanimously some of the world’s poorest.

I was also stunned at Japan’s relatively low ranking on the big mac index, an index that attempts to approximate cost of living around the world by the local cost of a big mac.  I had expected Japan to be right up there with Sweden and the United Kingdom.

I was also surprised to see that Slovakia has perhaps the most equal distribution of wealth in the world without being one of the hellholes that rank highly on the GINI index.
Why is this?
I seem to recall that Slovakia split from Czech in part so they could continue having a pseudo-communist government.  Is this some byproduct of that split?  I’d love to get some input from any Slovaks out there.


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