Visitors From Top 15 Countries

This blog is not one of those with heavy hits like you so often hear about. But I am pleased that I do get so many views from around the world.

Sometimes it seems that the ones that are hardest to engage are those you know and see often. But that is human nature.

Here is the list of the top 15 countries that have people who
have visited my blog pages in the past 30 days. These are the top 15 countries but a total of 55 countries are represented.

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The total comes to 1,038 visitors in the last 30 days, including the unlisted countries.

My all time total number of views are 19,138.

I know this isn’t impressive. Many blogs get 10,000 plus views a day.

In October 2012 the total visitors was 1,987 for the month. Since then I have not posted regularly. At this time, I am revitalizing the blog by regularly publishing.

Thank you loyal readers!

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Taxes Around the World

I am featuring today an interactive chart which shows tax rates on personal income taxes around the world. If you click on a country, it will also tell you whether they have universal health care, and paid maternity leave.

From living in Sweden for a large part of the year in 2012, I will tell you that this chart does not tell it all. In Sweden there are numerous benefits for families with children. Including 480 days paid per child after they are born, which can be taken by either parent or both divided. Sounds good but everyone pays. The universal health care is complained about and many that are employed by companies that provide it, purchase private healthcare insurance, plus have to pay for universal care in their taxes. A 25% value added tax is put in the cost of everything except food. But, food is not cheap. How about $25 for a measurement close to a quart, for strawberries at the beginning of the season when demand is high for their holidays? An article I read from a Swede bank reported that with hidden taxes, including the employers share, the rate is 70%.

A Global Look at Personal Income Taxes - Interactive Infographic by TurboTax

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