Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Steerpike, Mar 17, 2009.
Which is the most civilized country in the world?
That depends on how exactly you define "civilized".
Maybe indexes like the Human Development Index (HDI), that combines normalized measures of life expectancy, literacy, educational attainment, and GDP per capita for countries worldwide, is a reasonable definition.
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According to that index, the top 10 in 2008 were:
Iceland 0.968 (▬)
Norway 0.968 (▬)
Canada 0.967 (▲ 1)
Australia 0.965 (▼ 1)
Ireland 0.960 (▬)
Netherlands 0.958 (▲ 3)
Sweden 0.958 (▼ 1)
Japan 0.956 (▬)
Luxembourg 0.956 (▲ 9)
Switzerland 0.955 (▼ 3)
Antarctica: because no one is engaging in civil wars there, no human rights issues and no poverty. But then Antarctica is not a country and there's no people there anyway
It's hard to define the "most civilized" because almost all of them go through or have gone through some horrible anti-human rights incidents of some sort.
IMO France certainly among the most cultured and most civilized countries in the world but the nature of concepts like "civilization" and "culture" is sufficiently subjective that claiming that one country is THE most most cultured and civilized is tendentious at best. Just my 2cents
Why aren't you listing Canada?
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