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America Is Not the Greatest Country on Earth. It’s No. 28

Violence, alcoholism, and obesity pose the biggest risks in the U.S. But the rest of the world isn’t doing much better.

Every study ranking nations by health or living standards invariably offers Scandinavian social democracies a chance to show their quiet dominance. A new analysis published this week—perhaps the most comprehensive ever—is no different. But what it does reveal are the broad shortcomings of sustainable development efforts, the new shorthand for not killing ourselves or the planet, as well as the specific afflictions of a certain North American country. 

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