The Human Truth Foundation

Andorra (Principality of Andorra)

http://www.humantruth.info/andorra.html

By Vexen Crabtree 2013

Andorra
Principality of Andorra
StatusIndependent State
Social and Moral Index120th best
CapitalAndorra la Vella
Land Area 470km21
LocationEurope
Population77 0062
Life Expectancy80.37yrs (2017)3
GNI$51 167 (2017)4
ISO3166-1 CodesAD, AND, 205
Internet Domain.ad6
CurrencyEuro (EUR)7
Telephone+3768

1. Overview

#france #spain

The landlocked Principality of Andorra is one of the smallest states in Europe, nestled high in the Pyrenees Mountains between the French and Spanish borders. For 715 years, from 1278 to 1993, Andorrans lived under a unique co-principality, ruled by French and Spanish leaders (from 1607 onward, the French chief of state and the Spanish bishop of Seu d'Urgell). In 1993, this feudal system was modified, with the titular heads of state retained, but the government transformed into a parliamentary democracy. In the late 20th century, Andorra became a popular tourist destination. An estimated 10 million people visit each year drawn by the winter sports, summer climate, and duty free goods. Andorra has also become a wealthy international commercial center because of its banking facilities, low taxes, and lack of customs duties. However, recent economic hardships have required Andorra to start taxing foreign investments and to implement stricter economic policies. Andorra is not a member of the European Union, but enjoys a special relationship with it and uses the Euro as its national currency.

CIA's The World Factbook (2013)9

Book CoverThe Thumbelina, Catalan-speaking principality of Andorra, a dramatic realm of mountain scenery amid the Pyrenees, is one of Western Europe´s most intriguing corners. [...] Some say Andorra's nothing but skiing and shopping. Racing down snow-packed pistes, molly-coddling après-ski mulled wine and sleeping snug between boutique-hotel ice walls is how most think of this tiny principality in Europe, neatly wedged between France and Spain in the mountainous eastern Pyrenees.[...] This minicountry offers by far the best ski slopes and resort facilities in all the Pyrenees, as well as secret hoard of thermal spas that soothe skied-out limbs. Once the snows melt, there's an abundance of great walking, ranging from easy strolls to demanding day hikes in the principality's higher, more remote reaches. Strike out above the tight valleys and you can walk for hours, almost alone.

"The World" by Lonely Planet (2014)10

2. Andorra National and Social Development

#economics #human_development #wealth

UN HDI (2021)11
Pos.Higher is better
Value11
1Switzerland0.962
2Norway0.961
3Iceland0.959
4Hong Kong0.952
5Australia0.951
...
38Portugal0.866
39Latvia0.863
40Croatia0.858
41Andorra0.858
42Qatar0.855
43Chile0.855
Europe Avg0.87
World Avg0.72
q=191.
Gross National Income Per-Capita (2021)11
Pos.Higher is better
PPP $11
1Liechtenstein$146 830
2Singapore$90 919
3Qatar$87 134
4Luxembourg$84 649
5Ireland$76 169
...
18Kuwait$52 920
19San Marino$52 654
20Belgium$52 293
21Andorra$51 167
22Finland$49 452
23Australia$49 238
Europe Avg$40 512
World Avg$20 136
q=193.
Social & Moral
Development Index
12,13
Pos.Lower is better
Avg Rank12,13
1Taiwan29.4
2Norway30.2
3Denmark31.1
4Sweden32.8
5Finland33.9
...
117Egypt94.9
118St Lucia95.0
119Dominica95.5
120Andorra96.9
121Honduras97.5
122Guyana98.1
Europe Avg58.0
World Avg86.4
q=195.

The United Nations produces an annual Human Development Report which includes the Human Development Index. The factors taken into account include life expectancy, education and schooling and Gross National Income (GNI) amongst many others..

The Social and Moral Development Index concentrates on moral issues and human rights, violence, public health, equality, tolerance, freedom and effectiveness in climate change mitigation and environmentalism, and on some technological issues. A country scores higher for achieving well in those areas, and for sustaining that achievement in the long term. Those countries towards the top of this index can truly said to be setting good examples and leading humankind onwards into a bright, humane, and free future. See: Which are the Best Countries in the World? The Social and Moral Development Index.

3. Andorra's Demographics

#health #immigration #life_expectancy #longevity #migration #population

Population:

Andorra's population is predicted to rise to 111 780 by 2030.

Population (2018)2
Pos.
Population2
1China1.4b
2India1.4b
3USA327.1m
4Indonesia267.7m
5Pakistan212.2m
...
183Tonga0.1m
184Seychelles97 096
185Antigua & Barbuda96 286
186Andorra77 006
187Dominica71 625
188Marshall Islands58 413
World Avg39.0m
q=195.
Life Expectancy (2021)11
Pos.Higher is better
Years11
1Monaco85.9
2Hong Kong85.5
3Japan84.8
4Australia84.5
5Switzerland84.0
...
29UK80.7
30Slovenia80.7
31Germany80.6
32Andorra80.4
33Greece80.1
34Maldives79.9
World Avg71.28
q=195.

Migration:

Immigrants (2017)14
Pos.
%14
1UAE88.4%
2Kuwait75.5%
3Qatar65.2%
4Liechtenstein65.1%
5Monaco54.9%
6Andorra53.3%
7Bahrain48.4%
8Singapore46.0%
9Luxembourg45.3%
10Oman44.7%
11Hong Kong39.1%
12Saudi Arabia37.0%
World Avg9.4%
q=195.
Emigrants (2010)15
Pos.
%15
1Dominica104.8%
2Palestine68.4%
3Samoa67.3%
4Grenada65.5%
5St Kitts & Nevis61.1%
...
61Mauritius10.9%
62Greece10.8%
63Mexico10.7%
64Andorra10.7%
65Liberia10.5%
66Uruguay10.5%
World Avg11.5%
q=192.

4. Andorra's Human Rights, Equality & Tolerance

#equality #freethought #gender_equality #homosexuality #human_rights #international_law #mass_media #morals #politics #prejudice #religious_tolerance #tolerance #women

Compared to Europe (2020)16,17
Pos.Lower is better
Avg Rank16,17
1Sweden9.9
2Denmark14.7
3Norway15.5
4Netherlands16.5
5Iceland20.1
...
43Moldova85.7
44Turkey86.2
45Azerbaijan88.6
46Vatican City92.0
47Monaco94.2
48Andorra97.2
49San Marino100.6
Europe Avg51.7
q=49.
Human Rights, Equality & Tolerance (2020)16,17
Pos.Lower is better
Avg Rank16,17
1Sweden9.9
2Denmark14.7
3Norway15.5
4Netherlands16.5
5New Zealand19.0
...
109Kenya95.9
110China96.4
111Vietnam96.6
112Andorra97.2
113Thailand97.2
114Cuba97.7
115Timor-Leste (E. Timor)98.6
World Avg89.0
q=199.

The best countries in the world at ensuring human rights, fostering equality and promoting tolerance, are Sweden, Denmark and Norway16. These countries are displaying the best traits that humanity has to offer. The worst countries are The Solomon Islands, Palestine and Somalia16.

The data sets used to calculate points for each country are statistics on commentary in Human Rights Watch reports, its nominal commitment to Human Rights, speed of uptake of HR treaties, supporting personal, civil & economic freedoms, supporting press freedom, eliminating modern slavery, opposing gender inequality, the year from which women could participate in democracy, its success in fighting anti-semitic prejudice, LGBT equality and freethought. The regions with the best average results per country are Scandinavia, Baltic States and Europe16, whereas the worst are Melanesia, Micronesia and Australasia16.

For more, see:

Human Rights & Tolerance:

Nominal Commitment to HR (2009)18
Pos.Higher is better
Treaties18
1Argentina24
2Chile23
3Costa Rica23
4Ecuador23
5Germany23
...
105Liberia15
106Libya15
107Maldives15
108Andorra15
109Cape Verde15
110Bangladesh15
Europe Avg19.5
World Avg15.1
q=194.
HR Treaties Lag (2019)19
Pos.Lower is better
Avg Yrs/Treaty19
1Ecuador2.15
2Uruguay2.25
3Tunisia3.65
4Colombia3.68
5Costa Rica4.05
...
149Antigua & Barbuda12.76
150Georgia12.77
151Suriname12.81
152Andorra12.91
153Bhutan13.01
154Swaziland13.16
Europe Avg9.09
World Avg10.02
q=195.
Press Freedom (2013)20
Pos.Lower is better20
1Finland638
2Netherlands648
3Norway652
4Luxembourg668
5Andorra682
6Denmark708
7Liechtenstein735
8New Zealand838
9Iceland849
10Sweden923
11Estonia926
12Austria940
Europe Avg2044
World Avg3249
q=178.

Gender Equality:

See:

Year Women Can Vote
Pos.Lower is better
Year
1New Zealand1893
2Australia1902
3Finland1906
4Norway1913
5Denmark1915
...
160Bangladesh1972
161Bahrain1973
162San Marino1973
163Andorra1973
164Jordan1974
165Solomon Islands1974
Europe Avg1895
World Avg1930
q=189.

Prejudice:

LGBT Equality (2017)21
Pos.Higher is better
Score21
1Netherlands103
2Belgium90
3Sweden86
4Brazil81
5Spain79
...
14Luxembourg70
15Argentina69
16Malta63
17Andorra63
18New Zealand63
19Portugal63
Europe Avg46.9
World Avg12.6
q=196.
Freedom of Thought (2021)22
Pos.Lower is better22
1Belgium1.0
2Netherlands1.0
3Taiwan1.0
4Sao Tome & Principe1.3
5Ecuador1.3
...
144Papua New Guinea3.5
145Nicaragua3.5
146Angola3.7
147Andorra3.7
148Uzbekistan3.7
149Myanmar (Burma)3.8
Europe Avg2.6
World Avg3.0
q=196.

5. Andorra's Health

#alcohol #health #life_expectancy #longevity #obesity #vaccines

Compared to Europe (2020)23,24
Pos.Lower is better
Avg Rank23,24
1Monaco13.0
2Norway61.0
3Finland65.3
4Switzerland65.6
5Italy67.5
...
35Latvia93.1
36San Marino94.5
37Georgia95.6
38Andorra97.8
39Serbia98.9
40Azerbaijan100.0
41Moldova101.5
Europe Avg82.5
q=46.
Health (2020)23,24
Pos.Lower is better
Avg Rank23,24
1Monaco13.0
2Hong Kong18.3
3Maldives41.0
4Singapore42.6
5Japan51.0
...
109Vanuatu97.1
110Cape Verde97.3
111Seychelles97.3
112Andorra97.8
113Dominica98.0
114Panama98.1
115Kazakhstan98.1
World Avg93.5
q=196.

The countries with the best overall approach to public health, in terms of both public policy and individual lifestyle choices, are Monaco, Hong Kong and The Maldives23. These countries are worth emulating. And, although often through no fault of the average citizen, the worst countries are The Marshall Islands, S. Sudan and Palau23.

The data sets used to calculate points for each country are its average life expectancy, its alcohol consumption rate, its fertility rate, its smoking rate, its suicide rate, its food aid and health contributions and WHO compliance, the prevalence of overweight adults, its adolescent birth rate and its immunizations take-up. The regions with the best average results per country are Scandinavia, Asia and The Mediterranean23, whereas the worst are Micronesia, Australasia and Africa23.

For more, see:

Health:

Andorra does relatively well in encouraging good health, compared to many other countries. Andorra does better than average in its average life expectancy11 and in its immunizations take-up25. And finally, it does worse than average in its alcohol consumption rate26. The number of overweight adults has increased by 14% during the last 40 years.
Life Expectancy (2021)11
Pos.Higher is better
Years11
1Monaco85.9
2Hong Kong85.5
3Japan84.8
4Australia84.5
5Switzerland84.0
...
29UK80.7
30Slovenia80.7
31Germany80.6
32Andorra80.4
33Greece80.1
34Maldives79.9
Europe Avg78.36
World Avg71.28
q=195.
Alcohol Consumption (2016)26
Pos.Lower is better
Per Capita26
1Bangladesh0.0
2Kuwait0.0
3Libya0.0
4Mauritania0.0
5Somalia0.0
...
161Cyprus10.8
162Serbia11.1
163Belarus11.2
164Andorra11.3
165Equatorial Guinea11.3
166Hungary11.4
Europe Avg10.3
World Avg6.2
q=189.
Overweight Adults (2016)27
Pos.Lower is better
%27
1Vietnam18.3
2India19.7
3Bangladesh20.0
4Ethiopia20.9
5Nepal21.0
...
158Chile63.1
159Venezuela63.4
160Egypt63.5
161Andorra63.7
162UK63.7
163Fiji63.8
Europe Avg58.5
World Avg49.0
q=191.

Children's Health:

Infant Immunizations 2011-2015 (2015)25
Pos.Higher is better
Avg %25
1Hungary99.0
2China99.0
3Uzbekistan98.9
4Niue98.8
5Mongolia98.7
...
30Dominica97.1
31Kazakhstan97.1
32Albania97.1
33Andorra97.1
34Russia97.0
35Guyana97.0
Europe Avg92.7
World Avg88.3
q=194.

6. Andorra's Modernity and Learning

#education #intelligence #modernity #technology #the_internet

Compared to Europe (2020)28
Pos.Lower is better
Avg Rank28
1Finland8.7
2Estonia15.7
3Denmark15.9
4Switzerland16.4
5Belgium16.9
...
43Macedonia67.6
44Azerbaijan68.6
45Armenia68.8
46Kosovo70.0
47Albania71.8
48Andorra74.5
49San Marino125.0
Europe Avg41.3
q=49.
Modernity and Learning (2020)28
Pos.Lower is better
Avg Rank28
1Finland8.7
2Taiwan10.0
3Estonia15.7
4Denmark15.9
5Switzerland16.4
...
84Albania71.8
85India73.6
86Tunisia74.2
87Andorra74.5
88Tonga75.2
89Egypt75.3
90Colombia75.3
World Avg82.9
q=205.

Modernity and Education:

Secondary Education (2018)29
Pos.Higher is better29
1Luxembourg100.0%
2Estonia100.0%
3Austria100.0%
4Canada100.0%
5Finland100.0%
...
71Trinidad & Tobago73.4%
72Philippines73.2%
73Saudi Arabia72.8%
74Andorra72.3%
75Panama72.2%
76UAE70.7%
Europe Avg88.3%
World Avg63.0%
q=169.
Length of Schooling (2021)30
Pos.Higher is better
Years30
1Australia21.1
2New Zealand20.3
3Greece20.0
4Belgium19.6
5Sweden19.4
...
98Palestine13.4
99Malaysia13.3
100Dominica13.3
101Andorra13.3
102Bhutan13.2
103Turkmenistan13.2
Europe Avg16.1
World Avg13.5
q=193.
IQ (2006)31
Pos.Higher is better31
1Hong Kong108
2Singapore108
3S. Korea106
4Japan105
5Taiwan105
...
20Sweden99
21Belgium99
22Canada99
23Andorra98
24Czechia98
25Spain98
Europe Avg96.6
World Avg85.6
q=138.

Technology and Information:

Internet Users (2016)32
Pos.Higher is better32
1Iceland100%
2Faroe Islands99%
3Norway98%
4Bermuda97%
5Andorra97%
6Denmark96%
7Liechtenstein96%
8Luxembourg95%
9Netherlands94%
10Sweden93%
11Monaco93%
12UK93%
Europe Avg76.7%
World Avg48.1%
q=201.
IPv6 Uptake (2017)33
Pos.Higher is better
Ratio33
1Belgium55.4
2Germany41.8
3Switzerland35.1
4USA35.0
5Greece33.5
...
152Isle of Man0.0
153San Marino0.0
154Cayman Islands0.0
155Andorra0.0
156Greenland0.0
157Brunei0.0
Europe Avg8.11
World Avg3.82
q=176.

7. The Natural Environment

#biodiversity #deforestation #over-exploitation #the_environment

Forest Area Change 1990-2015 (2015)34
Pos.Higher is better
%34
1Iceland+205.6
2Bahrain+144.4
3Uruguay+131.3
4Kuwait+81.2
5Dominican Rep.+79.5
...
89Djibouti00.0
90S. Africa00.0
91Kiribati00.0
92Andorra00.0
93Malta00.0
94Saudi Arabia00.0
Europe Avg+15.0
World Avg+02.8
q=184.
Convention on Biological Diversity
Pos.Earlier is better
Signed
1China1993 Dec 29
2Guinea1993 Dec 29
3Cook Islands1993 Dec 29
4Vanuatu1993 Dec 29
5Papua New Guinea1993 Dec 29
...
192Iraq2009 Oct 26
193Somalia2009 Dec 10
194Palestine2015 Apr 02
195Andorra2015 May 05
196USA
197Vatican City
Europe Avg1899 Dec 30
World Avg1899 Dec 30
q=197.

8. Religion and Beliefs

#buddhism #christianity #hinduism #islam #judaism

Data from the Pew Forum, a professional polling outfit, states that in 2010 the religious makeup of this country was as follows in the table below35:

Christian89.5%
Muslim0.8%
Hindu0.5%
Buddhist0.1%
Folk Religion0.1%
Jew0.3%
Unaffiliated8.8%

The CIA World Factbook has slightly different data, and states simply: Roman Catholic (predominant)36.

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