So whilst digesting the OECD's 2006 Factbook I happened upon an interesting chart;
Household expenditure on recreation and culture as a % of GDP;
Seems the good ol' Anglo Saxons spend the most and thus live it up the most spending 6% or more on life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Then there was another chart;
Government expenditure on recreation and culture.
Good lord, if a freaking barometer for socialism didn't exist, it exists now!
Nothing better than the government TELLING you what you're going to have fun with and enjoy.
Then again, at least some money is spent on recreation and culture, albeit inefficiently by the government.
I'd be curious to see similar charts for Arab countries.