#0053 How Are We Doing?

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With the political landscape in turmoil. Inflation rampant. The cost of living and fuel bills are rising. Strikes threatened by the major unions. It is as if we are reliving the dark days of Scotland’s history in the 1970s.

It would be easy for us to become anxious and depressed by all this bad news.

I came across this week as I was researching on the interwebs.

List Of Countries By Wealth Of Adult

It is dated September 2022 and is sourced from Credit Suisse’s annual global wealth databook and the OECD’s better life index.

Wealth includes financial and non-financial assets—listing countries by mean wealth per adult in US dollars.

Various statistics are used by Credit Suisse, such as real estate prices, equity market prices, exchange rates, liabilities, debts, human resources, natural resources, capital and technological advancements which may create new assets and render others worthless.

So who would be your top three countries?

Top Three Countries

Mean wealth is the total aggregate wealth divided by the number of adults.

Location. Population. Mean wealth

Switzerland. 7,003,000. 696,604

Luxembourg. 504,000. 657,564

USA. 251,779,000. 579,051

Were you right about your top three? Are you surprised by this data? Want to know where the United Kingdom is? Care to guess?

It is 16 on the list.

United Kingdom. 52,562,000. 309,375

Did you guess right or in the ballpark?

It is behind Australia and New Zealand, Denmark, Canada, Norway and France, to name a few. Germany is 19. Japan is 22. The United Arab Emirates is 32, and China is 40

169 to 171, or in other the bottom three are

CAR. 2,226,000. 980

Burundi. 5,559,000. 809

Sierra Leone. 4,045,000. 799

A complete list can be found at https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_wealth_per_adult.

So when the doom-sayers pile on the bad news and scare us into believing how awful things are, remember by this measure, we rank 16 in the world.

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An LGBTQ+ writer living and working in Birmingham UK. A published writer whose new book (due Summer 2022) a memoir tells of how he as a young man in an Edinburgh slum from 1970 - 1990s fought through poverty, violent abuse, the Mormon Church, the British Army, marriage and fatherhood. Whilst all the while struggling to understand his sexuality and inner spirituality leading him to make a decision that could shatter his life and the lives of those he loves most. Will the weight of the past drag him back down? Or will he rise and triumph against all the odds? He has written short stories on of which titled 'Oh Mum' a fiction based on actual events published in an online magazine at http://shortsmagazine.com in the Summer 2021 edition. He has written a clutch of Flash Fiction, poems, a radio comedy, and has a weekly blog on his website http://www.tomgalewriter.com He lives with his partner and are engaged to be married.

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