Angola (Republic of Angola)

Angola
Republic of Angola
StatusIndependent State
Social and Moral Index153rd best
CapitalLuanda
Land Area11 246 700 km2
LocationAfrica
Population2 20.16 million
Life Expectancy351.498yrs (2012)
GNI3$4 812
ISO3166-1 Codes4AO, AGO, 24
Internet Domain5.ao
Currency6Kwanza (AOA)
Telephone7+244

1. Overview

Angola is still rebuilding its country since the end of a 27-year civil war in 2002. Fighting between the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA), led by Jose Eduardo DOS SANTOS, and the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA), led by Jonas SAVIMBI, followed independence from Portugal in 1975. Peace seemed imminent in 1992 when Angola held national elections, but fighting picked up again in 1993. Up to 1.5 million lives may have been lost - and 4 million people displaced - during the more than a quarter century of fighting. SAVIMBI's death in 2002 ended UNITA's insurgency and cemented the MPLA's hold on power. President DOS SANTOS pushed through a new constitution in 2010; elections held in 2012 saw him installed as president.

CIA's The World Factbook (2013)8

2. Angola National and Social Development

UN's Human Development Index
Country2012
score
Average
1980-2010
1Norway95.587.3
2Australia93.888.9
3USA93.787.8
...
145Kenya51.945.6
146Bangladesh51.539.3
147Pakistan51.542.4
148Angola50.843.3
149Myanmar (Burma)49.835.9
150Cameroon49.542.6
151Madagascar48.345.4
152Tanzania47.639.2
153Nigeria47.145.4
154Senegal47.038.5
155Mauritania46.738.6
156Papua New Guinea46.639.2
157Nepal46.335.9
Data Source
Social and Moral Development
CountryScore
1Iceland90.7
2Sweden90.2
3Norway89.2
...
150Liberia45.1
151Gambia45.0
152Comoros44.9
153Angola44.8
154Bangladesh44.7
155Solomon Islands44.4
156Senegal44.2
157Congo, (Brazzaville)44.1
158Iran44.1
159Mozambique43.9
160Guinea43.6
161Rwanda43.2
162Burundi43.1
163Saudi Arabia42.9
Data Source

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 values in the chart are factored by 100.

The Social and Moral Development Index is a formulaic aggregation of many factors. It concentrates on moral issues and human rights, violence, equality, tolerance, freedom and effectiveness in climate change mitigation and environmentalism. 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: "What is the Best Country in the World? An Index of Morality, Conscience and Good Life" by Vexen Crabtree (2013).

3. Population and Life Expectancy

Life Expectancy (at birth)
1Japan83.6
2Hong Kong83
3Switzerland82.5
...
179Mali51.9
180Zimbabwe52.7
181Somalia51.5
182Angola51.5
183Equatorial Guinea51.4
184Burundi50.9
185Mozambique50.7
186Chad49.9
Data Source
Fertility Rate
1Korea, N.2.0
2Brunei2.0
3St Vincent & Grenadines2.0
...
163Guinea5.1
164Liberia5.1
165Benin5.1
166Angola5.2
167Rwanda5.3
168Nigeria5.5
169Tanzania5.5
170Congo, DR5.5
Data Source
Population (m=millions)
CountryPeoplePer km2
1China1 353.6m145
2India1 258.35m423
3USA 315.79m35
...
55Syria 21.12m115
56Ivory Coast 20.59m65
57Cameroon 20.47m43
58Angola 20.16m16
59Burkina Faso 17.48m64
60Chile 17.42m23
61Netherlands 16.71m496
Data Source

Angola's population is predicted to rise to 30.8 million by 2030. These millions of extra people will all need space to live, food to eat, energy to consume, and will increase the burden on the planet's resources. The fertility rate is, in simple terms, the average amount of children that each woman has. The higher the figure, the quicker the population is growing, although, to calculate the rate you also need to take into account morbidity, i.e., the rate at which people die. If people live healthy and long lives and morbidity is low, then, 2.0 approximates to the replacement rate, which would keep the population stable. If all countries had such a fertility rate, population growth would end. The actual replacement rate in most developed countries is around 2.1.

4. Gender Equality

Female Vote and Stand
1New Zealand1893
2Australia1902
3Finland1906
...
165Solomon Islands1974
166Sao Tome & Principe1975
167Cape Verde1975
168Angola1975
169Mozambique1975
170Portugal1976
171Guinea-Bissau1977
172Zimbabwe1978

Gender inequality is not a necessary part of early human development. Although a separation of roles is almost universal due to different strengths between the genders, this does not have to mean that women are subdued, and, such patriarchialism is not universal in ancient history. Those cultures and peoples who shed, or never developed, the idea that mankind ought to dominate womankind, are better cultures and peoples than those who, even today, cling violently to those mores.

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5. Religion and Beliefs

Disbelief In God
1Vietnam81%
2Japan65%
3Sweden64%
...
69Central African Rep.2%
70Turkmenistan2%
71Indonesia2%
72Angola2%
73Brazil1%
74Ecuador1%
75Costa Rica1%
76El Salvador1%
Data Source

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 below9:

Christian90.5%
Muslim0.2%
Hindu0.1%
Buddhist0.1%
Folk Religion4.2%
Jew0.1%
Unaffiliated5.1%

The CIA World Factbook has slightly different data, and states: indigenous beliefs 47%, Roman Catholic 38%, Protestant 15% (1998 est.)10.

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6. The Internet

IT Security Risks
271USA3.68
270Russia2.42
269India2.10
268Sudan1.98
267Bangladesh1.87
266Iraq1.84
265Oman1.72
264Sri Lanka1.67
263Angola1.61
262China1.59
261Maldives1.57
260Tanzania1.50
Data Source
Internet Users in Population
1Iceland95.64
2Norway93.28
3Netherlands90.70
...
132Tanzania11.00
133Guatemala10.50
134Zambia10.12
135Angola10.00
136Nicaragua10.00
137Indonesia9.90
138Ghana9.55
139Gambia9.20
Data Source

Internet access has become an essential research tool. It facilitates an endless list of life improvements, from the ability to network and socialize without constraint, to access to a seemingly infinite repository of technical and procedural information on pretty much any task. The universal availability of data has sped up industrial development and personal learning at the national and personal level. Individuals can read any topic they wish regardless of the locality of expert teachers, and, entire nations can develop their technology and understanding of the world simply because they are now exposed to advanced societies and moral discourses online. Like every communications medium, the Internet has issues and causes a small range of problems, but these are insignificant compared to the advantages of having an online populace.

7. More Charts and Comparisons to Other Countries

Gross National Income
1Qatar$87 478
2Liechtenstein$84 880
3Kuwait$52 793
...
110Sri Lanka$5 170
111Swaziland$5 104
112Georgia$5 005
113Angola$4 812
114Syria$4 674
115Paraguay$4 497
116Bolivia$4 444
117Morocco$4 384
Data Source
Happiness
1Denmark7.8
2Netherlands7.6
3Norway7.6
...
121Sri Lanka4.2
122Uganda4.2
123Cambodia4.2
124Angola4.2
125Georgia4.2
126Macedonia4.2
127Ivory Coast4.2
128Sierra Leone4.1
Data Source
Economic Freedom
1Hong Kong9.0
2Singapore8.8
3New Zealand8.4
...
136Algeria5.3
137Chad5.3
138Guinea-Bissau5.2
139Angola5.1
140Congo, DR5.0
141Congo, (Brazzaville)4.7
142Myanmar (Burma)4.3
143Zimbabwe4.3
Data Source
Environmental Performance
1Iceland93.5
2Switzerland89.1
3Costa Rica86.4
...
155Mali39.4
156Turkmenistan38.4
157Niger37.6
158Togo36.4
159Angola36.3
160Mauritania33.7
161Central African Rep.33.3
162Sierra Leone32.1
Data Source
Global Peace Index
1Iceland1.11
2New Zealand1.24
3Denmark1.24
...
92Guinea2.07
93Papua New Guinea2.08
94Trinidad & Tobago2.08
95Angola2.11
96Cameroon2.11
97Uganda2.12
98Tajikistan2.12
99Madagascar2.12
Data Source
Human Rights Treaties
1Argentina24
2Ecuador23
3Germany23
...
138Lebanon12
139Israel12
140Kuwait12
141Angola12
142Dominica12
143Ethiopia12
144Trinidad & Tobago12
145Bahrain12
Data Source
Gay Equality
1Netherlands405
2Belgium350
3Canada280
...
129Indonesia-10
130Iraq-10
131Namibia-10
132Angola-10
133Kazakhstan-10
134Kiribati-10
135Bhutan-10
136Mali-10
Data Source
Press Freedom Index
1Finland99.0
2Netherlands99.0
3Norway99.0
...
126Honduras99.4
127Afghanistan99.4
128Colombia99.4
129Angola99.4
130Libya99.4
131Burundi99.4
132Zimbabwe99.4
133Jordan99.4
Data Source
Average IQ
1Singapore108
2Korea, S.106
3Taiwan105
...
119Nigeria69
120Burundi69
121Burkina Faso68
122Angola68
123Chad68
124Somalia68
125Guinea67
126Haiti67
Data Source

By Vexen Crabtree 2013 May 01
http://www.humantruth.info/angola.html
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References: (What's this?)

CIA
(2013) World Factbook. The USA Government's Central Intelligence Agency (USA CIA) publishes The World Factbook, and the online version is frequently updated.

Crabtree, Vexen
(2013) "What is the Best Country in the World? An Index of Morality, Conscience and Good Life" (2013). Accessed 2015 Apr 08.

Lynn, Harvey & Nyborg
(2009) Average intelligence predicts atheism rates across 137 nations. Richard Lynn, John Harvey and Helmuth Nyborg article "Average intelligence predicts atheism rates across 137 nations" in Intelligence (2009 Jan/Feb) vol. 37 issue 1 pages 11-15. Online at www.sciencedirect.com, accessed 2009 Sep 15.

United Nations
(2011) Human Development Report. This edition had the theme of Sustainability and Equity: A Better Future for All. Published on the United Nation's website at hdr.undp.org/.../HDR_2011_EN_Complete.pdf (accessed throughout 2013, Jan-Mar). UN Development Program: About the Human Development Index.
(2013) Human Development Report. This edition had the theme of The Rise of the South: Human Progress in a Diverse World. Published on the United Nation's HDR website at hdr.undp.org/.../hdr2013/ (accessed throughout 2013). UN Development Program: About the Human Development Index.

Footnotes

  1. World Bank data on data.worldbank.org accessed 2013 Nov 04.^
  2. UN (2011).^
  3. UN (2013).^
  4. International Standards Organisation (ISO) standard ISO3166-1, on www.iso.org, accessed 2013 May 01.^
  5. Top level domains (TLDs) are managed by the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) on www.iana.org.^
  6. According to ISO4217.^
  7. According to ITU-T.^
  8. CIA (2013) https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/ao.html accessed 2014 Apr 27.^
  9. Pew Forum (2012) publication "The Global Religious Landscape: A Report on the Size and Distribution of the World´s Major Religious Groups as of 2010" (2012 Dec 18) accessed 2013 May 01.^
  10. CIA (2013) https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/ar.html accessed 2014 Apr 27.^

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