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Sweden, is a Scandinavian country in Northern Europe. Sweden borders Norway and Finland, and is connected to Denmark by a bridge-tunnel across the Øresund. Sweden maintains a Nordic social welfare system that provides universal health care and tertiary education for its citizens. It has the world's eighth-highest per capita income and ranks highly in numerous comparisons of national performance. Sweden has been a member of the European Union, although remains outside the Eurozone.

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from the Guardian

Kipepeo butterfly project - in pictures

Papilio demodocus, orchard swallowtail. In 1993, when the Kipepeo project started, the annual per capita income for the community was about $40. Through the Kipepeo-supported livelihoods, most have doubled this per capita with the earnings ranging from a few dollars to over $1,000 per year depending on their individual efforts

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CITY INCOME DONUTS  Bill Rankin, 2006 This shows the distribution of income per capita around the 25 largest cities in the US (pop. > 2,000,000). The goal was to test the DonutHypothesis (a city will create concentric rings of wealth and poverty, with the rich both in the suburbs and in the "revitalized" downtown. This seems to have validity in older cities like Boston, New York, or Chicago, but in newer cities there are "wedges" of wealth in a continuous slice from the center to the…

CITY INCOME DONUTS Bill Rankin, 2006 This shows the distribution of income per capita around the 25 largest cities in the US (pop. > 2,000,000). The goal was to test the DonutHypothesis (a city will create concentric rings of wealth and poverty, with the rich both in the suburbs and in the "revitalized" downtown. This seems to have validity in older cities like Boston, New York, or Chicago, but in newer cities there are "wedges" of wealth in a continuous slice from the center to the…

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Brunei: Least debt (2013). The tiny Islamic kingdom draws its considerable wealth from oil and gas reserves. Living standards for the 400,000 or so Bruneians are high: they pay no income tax and enjoy the second highest per capita income in southeast Asia. Energy riches are fast depleting. Brunei is trying to reduce its dependence on oil by pushing into sectors like banking and tourism.

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What Life Was Like in 1776

What Life Was Like in 1776: Americans had the highest per capita income in the civilized world, paid the lowest taxes—and were determined to keep it that way. America in 1776 was also a diverse nation. The first census, taken in 1790, revealed that only about 60% of the people came from England. The rest were German, Irish, Dutch, Scottish, Swedish and African.

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The most beautiful, eye-popping road monsters in the world, an explosive, psychedelic, pop, opulent and unique expression of Pakistani folk art... Complete with birds, fish and other animal decorations galore...

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The 50 Safest Cities in Ohio

8. Springboro This affluent suburb of Cincinnati was recently ranked the 42nd best place to live in America by “Money Magazine.” Its per capita income is the highest in southwest Ohio and has steadily risen census to census. It was also the first city in Ohio to erect an Ohio Underground Railroad Historic Marker as part of the 4th Annual Ohio Underground Railroad Summit.

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