Relative Wealth

Posted by Deepish Thinker on January 20, 2008
New Zealand

In contrast to the previous post, from time to time data emerges that illustrates how wealthy New Zealand is in ways that are not really captured by GDP. The fascinating book Microtrends contains the following, very encouraging, observation:

“And who gets the most sleep? New Zealanders and Australians, where 28 and 31 percent, respectively, get more than nine hours of sleep a night.”

By contrast, the average American apparently sleeps less than seven hours a night, while four out of ten Japanese sleep less than six hours a night. Inspired by this evidence of cultural superiority I think I will take a relaxing mid-morning nap.