Things Every Country Should Provide
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Most countries pretty much do their own thing. Here are 10 things we feel might work in all countries.
1. When you #donate blood, you very seldom hear anything about it afterwards. Sweden, however, is trying to change that. Sweden’s blood service is now notifying individuals who donated when their blood is used to help another. The service is doing this to express the importance of donor throughout the country. The program started three years ago and feedback has been positive.
2. We all know how vital #organ donations are to keep others alive. In Spain, all residents are considered potential donors unless they choose to opt out of the program. In Spain, there are more than 35 donors per million of the population.
3. Finland provides every pregnant woman with a free #government-sponsored “Maternity Box,” which includes a mattress, sheets, jumpsuits, diapers, socks and many other items for baby. The box they come in can also turn into a cot. This, say Finnish officials, gives all newborn citizens an equal start in life. Also, the best country for maternity leave is Sweden, which gives women 68 weeks off. The worst country is Papua, New Guinea, which gives women 6 weeks off, unpaid.
4, Beginning at the age of 10, children in the #Netherlands are taught how to properly use and ride bicycles, taking tests and learning all traffic laws. Country leaders say this contributes to more and more people using bicycles in adulthood and cutting down on the pollution made by cars.
5. Most of us just don’t think about the high cost of garbage. But landfill space limitations is causing citizens in #Germany to be charged $2 per pound of their trash. This is making many there climb on the bandwagon to recycle, as well as checking methods for composting.
6. Mandatory voting is done in #Australia, and if a citizen chooses not to vote, he is hit with a hefty fine. That’s why 95 percent of the country votes. By contrast, the voting percentage in the United States is 36.6 percent.
7. Universal healthcare is always a topic of conversation. In the #UnitedKingdom, healthcare is completely publicly funded, with everyone being covered and no patients are involved in the financial aspects of their treatment. Many other governments have some form of universal coverage with public funds.
8. Speaking of healthcare, France has one of the most efficient and functional systems in the world, using private and public coverage. Almost everyone in #France has health insurance and almost all of the bills are covered by the government. France has the lowest amount of preventable deaths through basic medical insurance.
9. Speeding in #Sweden will get you a ticket and a fine. But those without any traffic violations are entered into a pool and can win up to $3,000. In Toronto, police give out positive tickets when good neighborhood deeds are recognized. The “good” tickets come with coupons for free stuff and work to make better communities.
10. #Denmark can claim it itself as the world leader in limiting corruption. The anti-corruption group Transparency International helps the country specifically with that cause. According to information from the group, corruption is significantly reduced through “high levels of #press freedom; access to budget information; high levels of integrity among people in power and judiciaries that don’t differentiate between rich and poor.” Although Denmark ranks very high in reducing corruption, no country is #corruptionfree.