Royal Pingdom has aggregated a heap of data on what sort of connection speeds people are actually getting around the world. Included in the statistics are results for the 50 top countries by total number of internet users. The data is from the second quarter of 2010, and comes courtesy of Akamai. The results are not entirely surprising, but that doesn't mean they can't be disheartening.
South Korea topped the charts with an average speed of 16.63Mbps. The nearest competitor was Hong Kong with only 8.57Mbps. The United States came in a number 12 in the world, just barely beating out Hungary. Canada sits just above America (geographically and on the chart), but the difference between it and the US is marginal.
The overall world average was 1.8Mbps, so by that measure, the US is doing quite well. It could be worse. The world's largest internet market, mainland China, has an average speed of only 0.86Mbps. What sort of speeds do you get at home? Anyone still stuck on dial-up?