When mailing a letter that weighs about one ounce, the U.S. Postal
Service’s 44 cents is one of lowest First Class postage rates. Whether
you are mailing a letter locally or sending a greeting card across
country, it still only costs 44 cents now, but will increase to 45 cents
in January. The graph below compares the U.S. Postal Service’s postage
rate with other countries. As you can see, Norway charges the highest
rate, which is nearly four times the cost U.S. rate.
Some might feel it is reasonable for the Postal Service to increase
rates and charge a fee comparable to those in other countries. On the
contrary, others might say the Postal Service’s rate must remain at an
affordable level, especially for people with lower incomes. They might
also say raising the rate to a level found elsewhere would drive
customers away even faster.
Source: Mail Geeks Group on LinkedIn.com