COVID-19: How the Best and Worst European Countries Compare to U.S. States

COVID-19: How the Best and Worst European Countries Compare to U.S. States

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Parts of the U.S. and Europe are Seeing a Surge of COVID-19 Cases this holiday season. If we thought the late summer surge was bad, the holiday season is far worse. Here's a snapshot of the best and worst European countries in terms of new coronavirus cases, and how they compare to U.S. states.

Best European Countries by Avg. Daily New COVID-19 Cases per 100K

  • Iceland (avg. of 3 daily new COVID-19 cases per 100K)
  • Finland (7)
  • Norway (7)
  • Ireland (8)
  • Greece (10)
  • Spain (18)
  • France (19)

What a difference 4 months makes. In early September 2020, Spain was similar in terms of its current average of daily new COVID-19 cases–18–but that number landed it on the worst European countries list. Now, it's among the best, and its average daily new cases is most similar to one of the best U.S. states, Vermont (with an average of 14 new daily coronavirus cases, per 100,000 people).

Similarly, France, which was one of the worst off European countries in early September, with a daily average of 9 new COVID-19 cases, has jumped up to 19 new cases per day, but that's still enough to land it at the bottom of the best European countries. As with Spain, there aren't any U.S. states that are exact equivalents, so it lands between Vermont (14 daily cases per 100K) and Oregon (29 per 100K).

Greece, Finland and Norway have kept their places among the best European countries, even with higher number of daily new coronavirus cases, due to the overall surge on the continent. Greece can be compared to Guam, while Finland and Norway are a bit better, at 7 new daily cases per 100K, than Hawaii (9 daily new cases per 100K).

Meanwhile, Iceland, at just 3 daily new cases per 100K, is better off than all U.S. states.

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Worst European Countries by Avg. Daily New COVID-19 Cases per 100K

  • Croatia (avg. of 80 daily new COVID-19 cases per 100K)
  • Slovenia (69)
  • Sweden (63)
  • Netherlands (55)
  • Denmark (54)
  • Czech Republic (54)
  • Slovakia (45)

Meanwhile, Sweden and Denmark moved from the best (4 months ago) in terms of new daily Covid cases to the worst. Sweden's 63 daily new cases compares to Massachusetts, while Denmark's 54 daily new cases compares to New Hampshire. Between the two, the Netherlands, at 55, compares to New York state.

Croatia, which leads our list of the worst off European countries at 80 daily new cases per 100K, can be compared to Rhode Island, at 79. Even Croatia, however, is in a better place than California (102), Tennessee (93), Arizona (93), Oklahoma (89) and Alabama (84).

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Countries such as Germany (28) and Italy (27) are in neither the best nor the worst lists, and can be compared to Oregon (29) in terms of average new daily cases per 100K.

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