Belarus (Republic of Belarus)

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Belarus
Republic of Belarus
StatusIndependent State
Social and Moral Index73rd best
CapitalMinsk
Land Area1 202 910 km2
LocationEurope
Population29.527 million
Life Expectancy370.607yrs (2012)
GNI3$13 385
ISO3166-1 Codes4BY, BLR, 112
Internet Domain5.by
Currency6Ruble (BYR)
Telephone7+375

1. Overview

After seven decades as a constituent republic of the USSR, Belarus attained its independence in 1991. It has retained closer political and economic ties to Russia than any of the other former Soviet republics. Belarus and Russia signed a treaty on a two-state union on 8 December 1999 envisioning greater political and economic integration. Although Belarus agreed to a framework to carry out the accord, serious implementation has yet to take place. Since his election in July 1994 as the country's first president, Aleksandr LUKASHENKO has steadily consolidated his power through authoritarian means. Government restrictions on freedom of speech and the press, peaceful assembly, and religion remain in place.

CIA's The World Factbook (2013)8

2. Belarus National and Social Development

UN's Human Development Index
Country2012
score
Average
1980-2010
1Norway95.587.3
2Australia93.888.9
3USA93.787.8
...
47Croatia80.577.1
48Bahrain79.673.8
49Bahamas79.476.1
50Belarus79.375.1
51Uruguay79.271.5
52Montenegro79.176.9
53Palau79.177.6
54Kuwait79.072.8
55Russia78.872.1
56Romania78.672.8
57Saudi Arabia78.270.9
58Bulgaria78.272.7
59Panama78.069.3
Data Source
Social and Moral Development
CountryScore
1Sweden89.1
2Iceland87.6
3Denmark87.2
...
70Belize61.5
71Trinidad & Tobago61.4
72Mexico60.9
73Belarus60.5
74Peru60.1
75Nicaragua59.9
76Bosnia & Herzegovina59.8
77Dominican Rep.59.2
78Bhutan59.1
79Tunisia59.1
80Georgia59.0
81Armenia58.9
82Kyrgyzstan58.5
83Turkey58.2
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
...
112Vanuatu71.3
113Azerbaijan70.9
114Suriname70.8
115Belarus70.6
116Trinidad & Tobago70.3
117Guyana70.2
118Indonesia69.8
119Moldova69.6
Data Source
Fertility Rate
1Korea, N.2.0
2Brunei2.0
3St Vincent & Grenadines2.0
...
84Kazakhstan2.5
85Ukraine1.5
86Nicaragua2.5
87Belarus1.5
88Slovenia1.5
89Italy1.5
90Cyprus1.5
91Moldova1.5
Data Source
Population (m=millions)
CountryPeoplePer km2
1China1 353.6m145
2India1 258.35m423
3USA 315.79m35
...
85Hungary9.95m110
86Serbia9.847m113
87Somalia9.797m16
88Belarus9.527m47
89Sweden9.495m23
90Azerbaijan9.421m114
91Benin9.352m83
Data Source

Belarus's population is predicted to fall to 8 883 000 by 2030, decreasing the burden on the planet's resources. This country has a fertility rate of 1.47. 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
...
13Czech Rep.1919
14Poland1919
15Netherlands1919
16Belarus1919
17Luxembourg1919
18Ukraine1919
19Austria1919
20Canada1920

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

#Buddhism #Christianity #Hinduism #Islam #Judaism

Disbelief In God
1Vietnam81%
2Japan65%
3Sweden64%
...
25Mongolia20%
26Ukraine20%
27Austria18%
28Belarus17%
29Switzerland17%
30Slovakia17%
31Iceland16%
32Greece16%
Data Source
How Many Are Religious?
1Estonia16%
2Sweden17%
3Denmark19%
4Hong Kong24%
5Japan24%
6UK27%
7France30%
8Vietnam30%
9Belarus34%
10Russia34%
11Albania39%
12Latvia39%
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:

Christian71.2%
Muslim0.2%
Hindu0.1%
Buddhist0.1%
Folk Religion0.1%
Jew0.1%
Unaffiliated28.6%

It appears that when asked "What religion are you" many give pollsters the 'correct' answer despite how they actually feel, and despite what they actually believe. Although 71.8% of the populace say they belong to a religion, only 34% say that they are religious when the question is phrased as "Is religion an important part of your daily life?".

For more on this phenomenon, see:

The CIA World Factbook has slightly different data, and states: Eastern Orthodox 80%, other (including Roman Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, and Muslim) 20% (1997 est.)10.

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6. The Internet

Internet Freedom
1Estonia10
2USA12
3Germany15
...
34Egypt59
35Thailand61
36Pakistan63
37Belarus69
38Saudi Arabia71
39Bahrain71
40Vietnam73
41Myanmar (Burma)75
Data Source
IT Security Risks
271USA3.68
270Russia2.42
269India2.10
...
248Turkmenistan1.23
247Malawi1.23
246Armenia1.22
245Belarus1.22
244Azerbaijan1.21
243Mauritania1.19
242Nigeria1.18
241Vietnam1.15
Data Source
Internet Users in Population
1Iceland95.64
2Norway93.28
3Netherlands90.70
...
84Peru34.30
85Grenada33.62
86Kazakhstan33.38
87Belarus32.05
88Suriname31.57
89Mexico31.05
90Lebanon31.00
91Cape Verde30.00
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.

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7. More Charts and Comparisons to Other Countries

Global Peace Index
1Iceland1.11
2New Zealand1.24
3Denmark1.24
...
105Saudi Arabia2.18
106Haiti2.18
107Cambodia2.21
108Belarus2.21
109Uzbekistan2.22
110El Salvador2.22
111Egypt2.22
112Jamaica2.22
Data Source
Average IQ
1Singapore108
2Korea, S.106
3Taiwan105
...
28Czech Rep.98
29France98
30Russia97
31Belarus97
32Ukraine97
33Moldova96
34Uruguay96
35Slovakia96
Data Source
Human Rights Treaties
1Argentina24
2Ecuador23
3Germany23
...
83Mongolia17
84Latvia16
85Yemen16
86Belarus16
87Cambodia16
88Congo, DR16
89San Marino16
90Egypt16
Data Source
Press Freedom Index
1Finland99.0
2Netherlands99.0
3Norway99.0
...
153Turkey99.5
154Swaziland99.5
155Azerbaijan99.5
156Belarus99.5
157Egypt99.5
158Pakistan99.6
159Kazakhstan99.6
160Rwanda99.6
Data Source
R & D Spending
Country% RDP PPP
1Korea, S.4.2911
2Israel4.1111
3Japan3.5811
...
47S. Africa0.7312
48Tunisia0.6812
49Egypt0.6813
50Belarus0.6713
51Mali0.6614
52Bulgaria0.6513
53Ethiopia0.6113
54Latvia0.6013
Gross National Income
1Qatar$87 478
2Liechtenstein$84 880
3Kuwait$52 793
...
58Turkey$13 710
59Malaysia$13 676
60Panama$13 519
61Belarus$13 385
62Uruguay$13 333
63Mauritius$13 300
64Botswana$13 102
65Mexico$12 947
Data Source
Happiness
1Denmark7.8
2Netherlands7.6
3Norway7.6
...
72Albania5.3
73Turkey5.3
74Pakistan5.3
75Belarus5.2
76Lebanon5.2
77Algeria5.2
78Portugal5.2
79Indonesia5.2
Data Source
Environmental Performance
1Iceland93.5
2Switzerland89.1
3Costa Rica86.4
...
49Philippines65.7
50Australia65.7
51Morocco65.6
52Belarus65.4
53Malaysia65.0
54Slovenia65.0
55Syria64.6
56Estonia63.8
Data Source
Gay Equality
1Netherlands405
2Belgium350
3Canada280
...
100Kyrgyzstan10
101Laos10
102Equatorial Guinea10
103Belarus10
104Hong Kong10
105Macau10
106Bahamas10
107Azerbaijan10
Data Source

By Vexen Crabtree 2013 May 01
http://www.humantruth.info/belarus.html
Parent page: Vexing International Issues

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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 2016 Nov 01.

Gallup
(2009) Religiosity. gallup.com/poll/142727/.... The survey question was "Is religion an important part of your daily life?" and results are charted for those who said "yes". 1000 adults were polled in each of 114 countries.

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.

OECD
(2016) Research and development (R&D) - Gross domestic spending on R&D. Data from data.oecd.org. Accessed 2016 Sep 28.

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.

World Bank
Research and Development and a Percent of GDP PPP. Data from databank.worldbank.org. Accessed 2016 Sep 29.

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/bo.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.^
  11. OECD (2016) data for year 2014.^
  12. World Bank data for year 2012.^
  13. World Bank data for year 2013.^
  14. World Bank data for year 2010.^

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