Monday , 17 June 2024

Americans & Canadians Not Included in Top 10 of Nationalities With Highest Average Wealth per Adult – Here's Who Is

Believe it or not but according to research undertaken by Credit Suisse, a major global private banking, investment banking and asset management company, the top 10 countries with the highest average wealth per adult in 2011 DO NOT include the U.S. or Canada but DO include Belgium, whose credit rating has just been downgraded by Standard & Poors, and Italy, which is on the verge of going bankrupt. Below is a list of the 10 countries whose citizens are the richest. Words: 1095

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Candy goes on to say, in part:

Anomalies aside, this list is a strong indication of how wealthy the people who live in a country are, as compared to a list based on Gross Domestic Product which is the value each person creates. The currency is US dollars. [Please refer to another article on the Credit Suisse report entitled How the Wealth of Canadians, Americans, Brits and Aussies Compare for a different focus on the report.] 

1. Switzerland $540,010

Famed for its Swiss Alps, neutral polices and secure banking, Switzerland’s wealth grew after World War 2 when people from other European countries deposited their money in the banks of Switzerland which were considered to be the safest option. Apart from the financial and banking industry, Switzerland’s economy is also bolstered by Swiss companies like Nestle, Logitech, Rolex and Credit Suisse…

2. Australia $396,745

Australia is rich in natural resources which are being mined and sold for a healthy profit often at the expense of our natural environment. It all started with the gold rush in the 1820s and has been snowballing since then. The Australian dollar is high and tourism remains another mainstay of our economy. As an indicator of our resources, both underground and our pristine natural environment, Australian companies range from mining giants Rio Tinto to surf brands Billabong and Rip Curl.

3. Norway $355,925

The Kingdom of Norway is one [of only] a few highly developed countries in Europe that are not part of the European Union. Naturally rich in oil and natural gas, Norway is well known for its high cost of living but the standard of living is high [as well] with public health care free (above a certain level) and 46 weeks paid parental leave for new parents. Norway is also the second least densely populated country in Europe.

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4. France $293,685

France has been a power house with strong cultural, economic, military and political influence in Europe, and around the world, for the last 500 years. Financial services, banking and the insurance sector are an important part of France’s economy; the French insurance company AXA is the world’s largest insurance company. France is also famed for it’s fine wine, food, fashion and design. Top French companies include Michelin, Louis Vuitton and L’Oreal. Mais oui.

5. Singapore $284,692

The tiny island nation of Singapore has the busiest port in the world and is the fourth largest foreign exchange trading center in the world. Singapore is a world leader in several economic areas including finance, casinos, oil refining and foreign trading. Singapore attracts business because its economy is known as one of the freest, most innovative, most competitive, most business friendly and least corrupt in the world.

6. Sweden $284,146

Sweden is an export-oriented mixed economy with a modern distribution system, excellent internal and external communications, and a skilled labor force. Resources include timber and hydropower while the economy is heavily oriented toward foreign trade. Famous Swedish exports include Björn Borg, Abba and Ikea…

7. Belgium $275,524

The Kingdom of Belgium has more going for it than just chocolate. Belgium has a strongly globalized economy and a transportation infrastructure integrated with the rest of Europe. Being smack in the middle of a highly industrialized region has helped make Belgium one of the world’s largest trading nations although it is often viewed as one of the least interesting. The economy is characterized by a highly productive work force and high exports. Belgium’s most famous import is raw diamonds and it’s most famous export (apart from chocolate) is finished diamonds. Well known Belgian companies include Guylian, Godiva and Stella Artois.

8. Italy $259,826

Italy didn’t get rich from exporting pizza. Italy’s wealth comes from its influential and innovative business economic sector, an industrious and competitive agricultural sector which is the world’s largest wine producer, and its creative and high-quality automobile, industrial, appliance and fashion design. Famous Italian companies include Fiat, Pirelli, Versace, Benneton and the coffee companies Illy and Lavazza.

9. United Kingdom $257,881

Like many countries in this list the UK’s wealth was kick started by colonizing other countries and plundering their natural and often human resources. I’m British so I’m allowed to say that kind of thing. With our colonial hey day long over, the economy in the UK remained strong because we kick-started the scientific and industrial revolutions. Today the economy in the UK is based around the automotive, aerospace and pharmaceutical industries. Even in the midst of a recession and with the British Pound plummeting in value…you can’t beat UK companies like Rolls Royce, Virgin and Cadburys for global recognition.

10. Japan $248,770

Japan’s labor force consists of about 65.9 million workers and the country has a huge industrial capacity. Japan has some of the biggest producers of motor vehicles, electronics and processed foods. Agriculture and fishing are important industries too. People all over the world love Japanese brands like Nintendo, Toyota [and] Sony [to name a few].

Interesting stuff but we all know wealth isn’t really about how much money you have in the bank or how much you earn. It’s about how rich your life is, how strong your family bonds and friendships and how much you enjoy your life on a daily basis. [Be that as it may,]grinding poverty makes the quest for happiness hard and our responsibilities must lie in narrowing that great divide between rich and poor.


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