I don't know what you are doing right now, nor what you should be doing instead, but it will be put aside as soon as you open THIS SITE.
Welcome to IfItWereMyHome.com IfItWereMyHome.com is your gateway to understanding life outside your home. Use our country comparison tool to compare living conditions in your own country to those of another.
The site defaults to whatever country you're viewing it from, but provides an overide so you can pick the country instead. Also, it directs you to select a region, but I like the home page better, with quick access to all countries alphabetically.
It's nice to be able to pick which points interest you. For example, I find the amount of revenue totally irrelevant compared to most of the other points. Yet it is probably the most important item for a lot of people.
I imagine the site could be misused to cherry-pick statistics in order to prove spurious points in a my-country vs. other-country argument. But a close look with an open mind can be quite revealing. The revenue amount, for instance: On the face of things, the US "wins" against France. However looking at all the statistics gives France the win in terms of personal safety, longevity, and general satisfaction (because of less of a class divide).
I compared with Canada and, despite having more money or better chances of being employed in Canada, there are more advantages for France re health, equality, less likelihood of being in prison or murdered, free time, and less use of oil and electricity.
Really, it should show cost, quality, and availability. Also, the cost of medical is cited, but there is no indication whether or not that includes cost of medical insurance. Nothing on quality and availability either, although a rough guess can be made using the statistics on infant & adult mortality.
Still, this kind of interactive site is useful in the questions that it raises, which might prompt one to do more research.
It is useful, but a bit too general. For example, there wouldn't be such an income differential between Québec and France; the main problem in France is persistent youth unemployment or underemployment. We have it too in Québec, but it must be worse there as they move to our frozen waste. I'm so bloody sick of being cold. On the other hand, in France, I'd probably already be retired (which wouldn't stop me from working, but it would ensure me some income security as a bulwark against ageism in the labour market).
If that one was general, this one is even more so, but fun to look at nonetheless ~
"The Consumer Price Index (CPI), used to determine the difference in the living costs between countries, takes into account the prices of groceries, transportation, restaurants and utilities. The CPI in the infographic is a relative indicator of a country's living costs compared to New York. So, for instance, if a country has a CPI of 70, on average it enjoys 30% cheaper living costs compared to New York." source