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Calling All Nurses and Doctors!

The Republic of San Marino is a small country surrounded by Italy, situated on the Italian Peninsula on the north-eastern side of the Apennine Mountains. Its size is just over 24 square miles, with a population of over 30,000 people.

In contrast, the size of the United States is 3,794,000 sq miles, with a population of 311,591,917 people. That is, The United States is about 158,100 times greater than San Marino.

So why compare these two countries? It is interesting that San Marino leads all countries, in having 95.48 nurses and 47.35 doctors per 1000 people. Unfortunately, the United States does not even make it into the Top Ten when gathering such statistics, having just 9.37 nurses and 2.56 doctors per 1000 people.

Your Task: How do you explain this data? Is it a factor of a country's size? Look up the relevant data on other countries as well. For example, Ireland and Cuba are in second place, with 15.20 nurses and 5.91 doctors respectively....THOSE ARE HUGE DIFFERENCES!

Side Note: Maybe it is not just size....as San Marino is one of the wealthiest countries in the world in terms of GDP (per capita). It is considered to have a highly stable economy, with one of the lowest unemployment rates in Europe, no national debt, and a budget surplus. And, as to the United States....!