What are examples of average achiever countries?

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If we have high achieving countries like the US, Germany, Japan, and low achieving countries like Nigeria and Zaire, what are good examples of average achieving countries, not too bad, but not too good either, would Austria, Denmark, or the Nordic countries be good examples of these?
 
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Linschoten

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High achievement in what? It looks from your selection that you're thinking about industrial success. In judging that you have to take account of nations' populations too. Countries like Denmark and Austria have very high qualities of life in many regards that would rank with anywhere in the world, there is nothing average about them. A good test of this is: where would you be most happy to be born if you didn't know what level of society you would be born into?
 
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Futurist

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May 2014
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If we have high achieving countries like the US, Germany, Japan, and low achieving countries like Nigeria and Zaire, what are good examples of average achieving countries, not too bad, but not too good either, would Austria, Denmark, or the Nordic countries be good examples of these?
Here are the PISA test results for various countries at various points in time, if you are curious:

Programme for International Student Assessment - Wikipedia

Average countries might be Chile, Malta, Cyprus, and Uruguay.
 
Jan 2017
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If we have high achieving countries like the US, Germany, Japan, and low achieving countries like Nigeria and Zaire, what are good examples of average achieving countries, not too bad, but not too good either, would Austria, Denmark, or the Nordic countries be good examples of these?
You should surely utilise relative factors such as population size, and as such Scotland and the Netherlands would be huge overachievers. The United States would probably be underachievers. Austria would surely be an overachiever given the size of the country and what she achieved?
 

Futurist

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You should surely utilise relative factors such as population size, and as such Scotland and the Netherlands would be huge overachievers. The United States would probably be underachievers. Austria would surely be an overachiever given the size of the country and what she achieved?
The US actually performs extremely well on PISA if its results are separated by race.
 
Mar 2016
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Like others have said, you're gonna have to specify what you mean by "achievement". Otherwise this thread is basically just guessing trying to understand what you meant.
 
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Do we count historical achievements or not ? Military achievements ? Territorial expansion ? Scientific achievements ? Cultural influence ? Achievements in Sports ? Quality of life ?
 
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If we have high achieving countries like the US, Germany, Japan, and low achieving countries like Nigeria and Zaire, what are good examples of average achieving countries, not too bad, but not too good either, would Austria, Denmark, or the Nordic countries be good examples of these?
In term of GDP per capita and scientific and cultural contributions, I'd say countries like Poland, Iran and Turkey. Japan is not a very high achieving country (it is actually an under performer for its GDP and size). Denmark and Sweden are extremely high achieving on a per capita basis.
 
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VHS

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We can also talk about current and past cultural contributions.
For example, many people had brilliant ancient and medieval civilizations; their current civilizations are modest or even low achieving.
Some discuss about "soft power", which often means media and cultural influence.