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Department of meaningless surveys

The Danes just lurv to find out how well they rate against other countries. The obsession evinces itself every time a commentator spews forth his/her analysis of Denmark’s teams’ performance: ‘Less then world class’, ‘One of Europe’s best’, etc.

And now there’s this:

http://globalization.kof.ethz.ch/media/filer_public/2015/03/04/rankings_2015.pdf

Bet you didn’t realise that the US of A ranks 90th after Timor-Leste and before Morocco in economic globalisation! Nor did I. Overall the Yanks just beat Slovenia!

Good, ain’t it?

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  1. October 16, 2015 at 10:53 am

    Really amazing Janus, amazing that the Danes carry out such a survey but even more amazing that people like us read about it πŸ™‚

  2. October 16, 2015 at 2:32 pm

    Gaz, akshully it’s Swiss – famous for navies, clocks, rolls and … er …. wotever. But yes, more fool us. 😎

  3. October 16, 2015 at 2:44 pm

    Holey cheese, Janus.

  4. October 16, 2015 at 2:49 pm

    πŸ˜„

  5. October 17, 2015 at 12:29 pm

    After a long sleep and some thought afterwards I find this survey quite interesting, you only need to put your own interpretation and criteria behind the statistics yourself and you can end up with something quite worthwhile. If you see globalisation as the main criterion for mobility and mobility the main criterion for surviving of the human race and surviving as the main criterion for human evolution, then you could argue that globally Ireland is the country where ‘milk and honey’ are flowing and humans which can adapt in all areas might be placed the best in Ireland and consider it as their holy land (despite the bible saying that about Isreal).
    People who have strength and/or skills rather developed in the specific areas which are concerning economy / social / politics might tend to put their bets rather towards Singapore / Austria /Italy. Interesting that Ireland has a pretty high value in economy and social aspects as well, but politics has not even a value.
    I suppose the trust is still missing looking at most recent historical fatcs.
    Certainly the trustworthiness of the statistical results and its intelligence gathering process is rather challenging, but the principle to evaluate countries towards these criteria stands in good stead with me.

  6. October 17, 2015 at 3:44 pm

    Well! Would anyone use these rankings to choose a new country? I doubt it.

  7. October 17, 2015 at 6:28 pm

    I agree the likelihood is rather minute, but the policy makers and authorities in economy, media or councils might be interested.

  8. October 17, 2015 at 6:54 pm

    Janus: I would, if I was planning a move (I’m not) I would be tempted to move from 90th place in economic globalisation to something around 200th. I have worked and lived in some of those places and they are generally pretty good. USVI, Channel Islands, IOM, Grenadines as examples.

    Not so sure about Somalia but compared with Singapore I’d probably give it a try.

    Really not sure why anyone would strive to be top of any of these rankings.

  9. October 18, 2015 at 7:42 am

    LW, yes, they presume that ‘top’ marks signify some kind of success. Would Irish people agree?

  10. October 18, 2015 at 7:50 am

    Janus, I do believe that being higher on these charts is a sign of success. They make for a better world.

  11. October 18, 2015 at 8:09 am

    I’m a bit suspicious of this survey. I mean, what the hell is ‘Global Socialisation’.
    IMHO the whole thing is just new think gobbledegook.
    They should introduce a new category ‘Stupidity Globalization’.

  12. October 18, 2015 at 8:15 am

    Jazz, I guess the Irish would be high up in your new category πŸ™‚

  13. October 18, 2015 at 9:57 am

    gazoopi

    I don’t think we need to go as far afield as Ireland

  14. October 18, 2015 at 11:18 am

    Now, now, try to be nice about the SNP! 😯

  15. October 18, 2015 at 12:45 pm

    Not even that far.

  16. October 18, 2015 at 2:20 pm

    yes independence, liberty, globalisation,share holder value, control, power and deceit…..all these big words, better to juggle with them and make jokes in context with daily mundane life than trying to be clever, yeh

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