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My Country's Better Than Your Country! Who's More Stable?

My Country's Better Than Your Country! Who's More Stable?

I always thought the United States was associated with wealth and stability. Well, apparently not according to the latest rankings of country stability and prosperity. The US is ranked 22nd, with a still respectable score of 93 out of 100, coming in behind Ireland, Portugal, Denmark, Australia, and France, to name a few.

Iraq just escaped the bottom ten, thanks to the high number of foreign troops and high level of oil revenue. But Afghanistan came in as the world's third most unstable country, thanks to its government's inability to control large regions of the country, and the fact that opium accounts for 50 percent of the economy.

Jane's Country Risk, the group that conducted the one year investigation, said that the proliferation of small arms (aka guns) owned by Americans, and dangerous drug trafficking on the Mexican border led to the US's drop in the rankings.

And who's number one? To find out

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The Vatican, with its population of 821 people, is the world's most stable country.

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Imani33 Imani33 8 years
This explains why my friend who is teaching in france never wants to come back! LOL
smoochiez smoochiez 8 years
haha, good joke? this study doesnt seem to have any merit. a country with a really small population is the most stable? right.....
rpenner rpenner 8 years
i'm interested to see where canada is on that list
minaminamina minaminamina 8 years
Labor issues tend to be non-violent, if you look at Argentina's farmers right now, as well as the American axle strike currently going on. As far as the riots in France, that was caused by the same thing that set off America's LA riots in the early riots - police brutality (caused the death of 2 unarmed boys) towards a poor minority community (mostly African and Arab), that was actually the now-president but then-Minister of Interior SARKOZY'S fault for cutting the Socialist-run youth centers and after-school programs that serviced the communities in France before Sarkozy took the position. Cabaker, now that Sarkozy is president, I can guarantee France will drop down to the U.S' level soon enough, since he mirrors a lot of our policies now - but one thing France will never do is stop funding education for all students, which in the U.S. is one of the primary reasons (coupled with NCLB, which allows standardized testing corporations to rake in millions with zero positive impact in schools) that we have such a minority-rich working class, race and class-specific districting in neighborhoods that suffer low property taxes do to the inability of Latino and African American families to receive mortgage loans from banks until after the Civil Rights movements which = bad neighborhoods despite hard-working people, which all results in bad schools that don't have enough resources to keep kids off the streets, away from drugs, and away from crime.
minaminamina minaminamina 8 years
Labor issues tend to be non-violent, if you look at Argentina's farmers right now, as well as the American axle strike currently going on. As far as the riots in France, that was caused by the same thing that set off America's LA riots in the early riots - police brutality (caused the death of 2 unarmed boys) towards a poor minority community (mostly African and Arab), that was actually the now-president but then-Minister of Interior SARKOZY'S fault for cutting the Socialist-run youth centers and after-school programs that serviced the communities in France before Sarkozy took the position. Cabaker, now that Sarkozy is president, I can guarantee France will drop down to the U.S' level soon enough, since he mirrors a lot of our policies now - but one thing France will never do is stop funding education for all students, which in the U.S. is one of the primary reasons (coupled with NCLB, which allows standardized testing corporations to rake in millions with zero positive impact in schools) that we have such a minority-rich working class, race and class-specific districting in neighborhoods that suffer low property taxes do to the inability of Latino and African American families to receive mortgage loans from banks until after the Civil Rights movements which = bad neighborhoods despite hard-working people, which all results in bad schools that don't have enough resources to keep kids off the streets, away from drugs, and away from crime.
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
I know, I was just being silly. :)
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
Well it appears that the study is based on a very broad spectrum of issues which would imply that it is not jaded towards the U.S.
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
nya, you KNOW its a conspiracy! You KNOW it! :)
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 8 years
lol ca who knows, maybe they are happier than Americans or maybe it's a conspiracy meant to bring down America once again, as any poll that doesn't have America on the top or in the top 5 can only be out get"them" and because I didn't put lol at the end I must be telling the truth.
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
HAHAHA.... riggghhhttt
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
HAHAHA.... riggghhhttt
stephley stephley 8 years
I think the guns=instability comparison would be more like you have nothing but cookies in your house and you're having blood sugar issues. Too many guns, not enough proper supervision (whatever that would be).
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 8 years
Maybe they are more prosperous than the US I mean the do have the Euro which is stonger than the greenback.
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
I don't see how we're further down from France... don't they have huge labor issues and wasn't there rioting a few years ago? It makes me wonder if it was just polling people on their happiness or what other factors they took into count. Guns = instability? I don't agree with that at all. Thats like saying if I have cookies in my house I must be obese. I certainly wouldn't expect the US to come in first, but I dunno... seems like theres some shady data here!
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
I don't see how we're further down from France... don't they have huge labor issues and wasn't there rioting a few years ago? It makes me wonder if it was just polling people on their happiness or what other factors they took into count.Guns = instability? I don't agree with that at all. Thats like saying if I have cookies in my house I must be obese.I certainly wouldn't expect the US to come in first, but I dunno... seems like theres some shady data here!
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 8 years
And why are Denmark, Ireland and Portugal safer than the US cos they only stick their nose in when it' required. They are too busy trying to fix their own problems to be too concerned with what movie Kim Il Jong Nutty is watching.
stephley stephley 8 years
I went to Jane's Information Group website - as near as I can tell, you have to buy the report. I don't think its a surprise though, that we've let a lot slide here.
Jessie-M Jessie-M 8 years
Anyone know where I can find a full list of rankings?
Shopaholichunny Shopaholichunny 8 years
:ROTFL: Racci
Shopaholichunny Shopaholichunny 8 years
:ROTFL: Racci
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
:ROTFL: raciccarone! You've got to be one of the funniest posters on here! I'm going to use this study to convince the SO that we should move to Ireland.
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
:ROTFL: raciccarone! You've got to be one of the funniest posters on here!I'm going to use this study to convince the SO that we should move to Ireland.
raciccarone raciccarone 8 years
I think one of the other factors was our inability to rid ourselves of Ralph Nader.
mymellowman mymellowman 8 years
Does anyone know where you can actually see the report? I've only been able to find second hand sources, but I'd like to see the actual report as I'd like to know a little more on how they actually rated everything.
syako syako 8 years
This reminds me of men's health polls, which is the fattest city?
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