One of the revelations for me of the Le Web 3 conference was hearing Prof. Hans Rosling‘s presentation.
Everyone I spoke to mentioned his talk as being the highpoint of the event.
I checked out Gapminder.org, the site he mentioned where you can access all the data he presented and it is incredible. The interactive charts there are astounding.
Here is a screenshot of Ireland’s health versus its wealth from 1960 to 2003. Notice how Ireland’s health fails to improve from 1994 onwards despite significant growth in wealth.
The two countries at the top of the healthcare leagues (as measured here by % childcare survival to age 5) are Sweden and Singapore.
An early, less polished version of the presentation Prof Rosling gave at Le Web (the one he gave at the TED conference) is available here.