The Human Truth Foundation

Which Countries are Most Modern, With the Best Education and Internet Access?

By Vexen Crabtree 2020


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The most modern countries, with the best results from education, the highest levels of research, and with the easiest access to information on the Internet, are Finland, Belgium and Denmark. The worst countries are Equatorial Guinea, Madagascar and Djibouti.

The data sets used to calculate points for each country are statistics on Research and Development, Secondary Education, Length of Schooling, Intellectual Endeavours, Maths, Science & Reading, Religiosity, IQ, the percent of citizens with access to the internet, Freedom On The Internet, IT Security and IPv6 Uptake. The regions with the best average results per country are Scandinavia, Baltic States and Europe, whereas the worst are Africa, Melanesia and Micronesia.


1. The Criteria: Modernity and Education

Modernity and Education

Overall Results:
Best: Finland, Belgium, Denmark
Regions: Scandinavia, Baltic States and Europe
Worst: Equatorial Guinea, Madagascar, Djibouti
Regions: Africa, Melanesia and Micronesia
Constituent Data Sets: Modernity and Education
1. Research and DevelopmentBest: S. Korea, Israel, Japan
Worst: Lesotho, 3-country draw
2. Secondary EducationBest: 6-country draw
Worst: Chad, Niger, Burkina Faso
3. Length of SchoolingBest: Australia, Belgium, Finland
Worst: S. Sudan, Eritrea, Niger
4. Intellectual EndeavoursBest: Ukraine, Czechia, Hungary
Worst: Angola, Iraq, Bolivia
5. Maths, Science & ReadingBest: Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan
Worst: Dominican Rep., Algeria, Kosovo
6. ReligiosityBest: Estonia, Sweden, Denmark
Worst: Bangladesh, Niger, 4-country draw
7. IQBest: Singapore, Hong Kong, S. Korea
Worst: 6-country draw
Constituent Data Sets: Technology and Information
8. Internet UsersBest: Iceland, Faroe Islands, Norway
Worst: Eritrea, Timor-Leste (E. Timor), Burundi
9. Freedom On The InternetBest: Estonia, USA, Germany
Worst: Iran, Cuba, China
10. IT SecurityBest: Belize, Ireland, Luxembourg
Worst: USA, Russia, India
11. IPv6 UptakeBest: Belgium, Germany, Switzerland
Worst: 59-country draw

1.1. Research and Development

#countries #denmark #finland #israel #japan #politics #research #science #south_korea #sweden #taiwan

Research and Development (2016)
Pos.Higher is better
% RDP PPP
1S. Korea4.291
2Israel4.111
3Japan3.581
4Finland3.171
5Sweden3.161
6Denmark3.051
7Taiwan3.011
8Austria3.002
9Switzerland2.963
10Germany2.841
11USA2.744
12Belgium2.461
13Slovenia2.391
14France2.261
15Australia2.255
16Singapore2.004
17Czechia2.001
18Netherlands1.971
19Iceland1.891
20Norway1.701
q=126.
Research and Development (2016)
Pos.Lower is worse
% RDP PPP
126Lesotho0.015
125China0.036
124El Salvador0.033
123Iraq0.035
122Colombia0.046
121Honduras0.047
120Bahrain0.046
119Guatemala0.043
118Trinidad & Tobago0.053
117Macau0.056
116Saudi Arabia0.078
115Cape Verde0.075
114Algeria0.079
113Indonesia0.086
112Congo, DR0.088
111Paraguay0.093
110Peru0.109
109Madagascar0.115
108Myanmar (Burma)0.117
107Philippines0.1110
q=126.

Research and Development is a long-term boost to Human understanding: science improves our knowledge of the world, and new products such as better batteries for devices can improve our quality of lives. The world needs discoveries to help combat climate change, mitigate starvation and fight disease. The ten countries that commit most to Research and Development (as a percent of their GDP PPP) are mostly predictable; Japan, Finland, Sweden and Denmark top most developmental indices of any kind. Also in the list can be found technologically savvy South Korea and Taiwan and a few well-developed European countries. The only surprise (for some) is Israel, sitting 2nd in the list.

1.2. Secondary Education

#education

Secondary Education (2018)11
Pos.Higher is better11
1Luxembourg100.0%
2Estonia100.0%
3Austria100.0%
4Canada100.0%
5Finland100.0%
6Iceland100.0%
7Uzbekistan99.9%
8Czechia99.8%
9Slovakia99.3%
10Latvia99.2%
11Kazakhstan98.6%
12Kyrgyzstan98.4%
13Georgia98.0%
14Slovenia97.6%
15Armenia97.2%
16Hungary97.2%
17Palau97.1%
18New Zealand96.9%
19Switzerland96.5%
20Moldova96.4%
q=169.
Secondary Education (2018)11
Pos.Lower is worse11
169Chad6.0%
168Niger6.6%
167Burkina Faso8.8%
166Burundi9.3%
165Guinea11.7%
164Bhutan12.0%
163Papua New Guinea12.5%
162Mali13.1%
161Tanzania14.3%
160Rwanda16.3%
159Ethiopia17.1%
158Sudan17.5%
157Senegal17.6%
156Mauritania18.8%
155Mozambique19.3%
154Cambodia21.3%
153Malawi21.8%
152Central African Rep.22.1%
151Myanmar (Burma)25.8%
150Afghanistan26.1%
q=169.

This data shows the "percentage of the population ages 25 and older that has reached (but not necessarily completed) a secondary level of education"11.

1.3. Length of Schooling

#education

Length of Schooling (2018)12
Pos.Higher is better
Years12
1Australia22.1
2Belgium19.7
3Finland19.3
4Iceland19.2
5Denmark19.1
6New Zealand18.8
7Sweden18.8
8Ireland18.8
9Norway18.1
10Netherlands18.0
11Spain17.9
12Argentina17.6
13UK17.4
14Slovenia17.4
15Greece17.3
16Germany17.1
17Saudi Arabia17.0
18Czechia16.8
19Grenada16.6
20Chile16.5
q=193.
Length of Schooling (2018)12
Pos.Lower is worse
Years12
193S. Sudan5.0
192Eritrea5.0
191Niger6.5
190Djibouti6.5
189Chad7.5
188Central African Rep.7.6
187Mali7.6
186Sudan7.7
185Tanzania8.0
184Pakistan8.5
183Mauritania8.5
182Yemen8.7
181Ethiopia8.7
180Syria8.9
179Burkina Faso8.9
178Senegal9.0
177Guinea9.0
176Equatorial Guinea9.2
175Gambia9.5
174Haiti9.5
q=193.

This data shows the "number of years of schooling that a child of school entrance age can expect to receive if prevailing patterns of age-specific enrolment rates persist throughout the child´s life"12. It seems sensible that at some point an upper ceiling is necessary, so that countries with (for example) over 20 years of expected schooling gain no further points. However, we do not yet have a problem with lives being wasted by knowledge. Almost everywhere, we have the opposite problem: lives being wasted through ignorance. The more that we can encourage learning, the better. We are at a stage of human development where we have, by a long way, reached a sufficient quantity of humans, and now, we need to improve the quality of humans. Education is the key that opens successive doors, generating understanding and giving life meaning, creating life options and allowing informed choices when approaching the world.

1.4. Intellectual Endeavours

Intellectual Endeavours (2017)13
Pos.Lower is better
Rank13
1Ukraine1
2Czechia2
3Hungary3
4Denmark4
5UK5
6Austria6
7Finland7
8Netherlands8
9Belgium9
10Slovenia10
11Switzerland11
12New Zealand12
13Latvia13
14Bulgaria14
15Iceland15
16Bosnia & Herzegovina16
17Sweden17
18Lithuania18
19Macedonia19
20Australia20
q=163.
Intellectual Endeavours (2017)13
Pos.Higher is worse
Rank13
163Angola163
162Iraq162
161Bolivia161
160Indonesia160
159Afghanistan159
158Guyana158
157Equatorial Guinea157
156Tanzania156
155Paraguay155
154Zambia154
153Cambodia153
152Sierra Leone152
151Gabon151
150Libya150
149Venezuela149
148Lesotho148
147Mozambique147
146Philippines146
145Qatar145
144Congo, (Brazzaville)144
q=163.

The Good Country Index gauges how well countries are doing in helping international development. Their criteria on Contributions to Science & Technology include:

  1. International students: Number of foreign students studying in the country (according to UNESCO) relative to the size of the economy.

  2. Journal exports: Exports of periodicals, scientific journals and newspapers (according to ITC) relative to the size of the economy.

  3. International publications: Number of articles published in international journals (according to SCImago) relative to the size of the economy.

  4. Nobel prizes: Accumulated Nobel prizes (up to 2014) assigned to countries based on laureates' country of birth as well as country (countries) of institutional affiliation at the time of the award, relative to the size of the economy.

  5. Patents: Number of International Patent Cooperation Treaty applications (according to WIPO) relative to the size of the economy.

1.5. Maths, Science & Reading

#education #english #maths #science

Maths, Science & Reading (2015)14
Pos.Higher is better
Score14
1Singapore1655
2Hong Kong1598
3Japan1586
4Macau1582
5Estonia1573
6Taiwan1571
7Canada1571
8Finland1568
9S. Korea1557
10China154315
11Ireland1528
12Slovenia1528
13Germany1524
14Netherlands1524
15Switzerland1519
16New Zealand1517
17Norway1513
18Denmark1513
19Poland1511
20Belgium1508
q=70.
Maths, Science & Reading (2015)14
Pos.Lower is worse
Score14
70Dominican Rep.1018
69Algeria1086
68Kosovo1087
67Macedonia1107
66Tunisia1114
65Lebanon1129
64Peru1182
63Brazil1185
62Indonesia1186
61Jordan1197
60Georgia1216
59Qatar1222
58Colombia1231
57Thailand1245
56Albania1245
55Mexico1247
54Costa Rica1247
53Montenegro1256
52Moldova1264
51Trinidad & Tobago1269
q=70.

The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA - part of the OECD) tests 15-year-old student's capabilities every 3 years. It is hard to imagine a more important and long-lasting improvement for a populace than a good education, be this government-led, parent-led or community-led.

1.6. Religiosity

#religion

Religiosity (2009)16
Pos.Lower is better
%16
1Estonia16
2Sweden17
3Denmark19
4Japan24
5Hong Kong24
6UK27
7France30
8Vietnam30
9Russia34
10Belarus34
11Latvia39
12Luxembourg39
13Hungary39
14Albania39
15Germany40
16Switzerland41
17Uruguay41
18Lithuania42
19Canada42
20S. Korea43
q=114.
Religiosity (2009)16
Pos.Higher is worse
%16
114Niger99.5
113Bangladesh99.5
112Yemen99
111Sri Lanka99
110Indonesia99
109Malawi99
108Somaliland98
107Djibouti98
106Burundi98
105Mauritania98
104Egypt97
103Afghanistan97
102Comoros97
101Morocco97
100Thailand97
99Malaysia96
98Philippines96
97Senegal96
96Nigeria96
95Cambodia96
q=114.
Disbelief In God (2007)17
Pos.Higher is better
%17
1Vietnam81
2Japan65
3Sweden64
4Czechia61
5Estonia49
6Denmark48
7France44
8Belgium43
9Netherlands42
10Germany42
11UK42
12Cuba40
13Slovenia35
14Bulgaria34
15Hungary32
16Norway31
17S. Korea30
18Finland28
19Russia27
20Australia25
q=137.

High rates of religion are associated with pre-modernity, causing many inequalities and problems, for example male-dominated society and abuse of women, and gender inequality, poor adoption of human rights and anti-science and poor education policies. The Gallup (2009) data used here is used by the Social and Moral Index formula to grant points based on areligiosity. The data set on belief in god is only informational, as such personal beliefs are not the same thing as organised, endemic religion.

Over the last 60 years, religion in Europe has seen a strong decline. On average throughout the 27 EU countries, only half of its people believe in God18 and 25.4% directly say that they have no religion19. There is much variation from country to country. Only 16% of the populace of Estonia believe in God and the Scandinavian countries are highly atheist. But 95% believe in Malta. Two main social groups are particularly prone to belief in God; those over 55 years old and those whose education did not proceed beyond the 15-year-old stage.18. For a discussion on secularisation in general, see: "Secularisation Theory: Will Modern Society Reject Religion? What is Secularism?" by Vexen Crabtree

Despite the low rate of belief in God, many Europeans still claim to belong to theistic religions. 49.5% of the population of Europe say they are Catholic Christian, 15.7% say they're Muslim, 12.7% say they're Protestant Christian, 8.6% say they're Orthodox Christian and 0.4% say they are Jewish19. These numbers mean that at least 30% of Europeans are putting down a religion despite not believing in the very basic first principal of the religion they put down. In some places, this percent is higher. In France only 52% of Catholic believe in God and "only 18 percent define God according to the teachings of the Catholic Church"20. This is all because most people in Europe confuse religion and cultural heritage, and for many the actual beliefs of a religion don't really matter. For a discussion of this, see: "Institutionalized Religions Have Their Numbers Inflated by National Polls" by Vexen Crabtree.

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1.7. IQ

#intelligence

IQ (2006)21
Pos.Higher is better21
1Hong Kong108
2Singapore108
3S. Korea106
4Japan105
5Taiwan105
6China105
7Italy102
8Iceland101
9Switzerland101
10Mongolia101
11Netherlands100
12Norway100
13Austria100
14UK100
15New Zealand99
16Poland99
17Germany99
18Finland99
19Estonia99
20Sweden99
q=138.
IQ (2006)21
Pos.Lower is worse21
138Mozambique64
137Central African Rep.64
136Congo, (Brazzaville)64
135Sierra Leone64
134Cameroon64
133Ethiopia64
132Gambia66
131Senegal66
130Zimbabwe66
129Haiti67
128Liberia67
127Guinea67
126Somalia68
125Chad68
124Angola68
123Burkina Faso68
122Ivory Coast69
121Mali69
120Burundi69
119Malawi69
q=138.

1.8. Internet Users

#internet #the_internet

Internet Users (2016)22
Pos.Higher is better22
1Iceland100%
2Faroe Islands99%
3Norway98%
4Bermuda97%
5Andorra97%
6Denmark96%
7Liechtenstein96%
8Luxembourg95%
9Netherlands94%
10Sweden93%
11Monaco93%
12UK93%
13Finland93%
14Qatar92%
15UAE92%
16Bahrain92%
17Estonia91%
18Japan91%
19New Zealand89%
20USA89%
q=201.
Internet Users (2016)22
Pos.Lower is worse22
201Eritrea1%
200Timor-Leste (E. Timor)1%
199Burundi2%
198Somalia2%
197Guinea2%
196Niger2%
195Sierra Leone2%
194Myanmar (Burma)3%
193Chad3%
192Guinea-Bissau4%
191Congo, DR4%
190Ethiopia4%
189Madagascar4%
188Central African Rep.5%
187Tanzania5%
186Benin6%
185Mozambique6%
184Malawi7%
183Afghanistan7%
182Comoros7%
q=201.

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.

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.

1.9. Freedom On The Internet

#politics #the_internet

Freedom On The Internet (2012)23
Pos.Lower is better23
1Estonia10
2USA12
3Germany15
4Australia18
5Hungary19
6Philippines23
7Italy23
8UK25
9S. Africa26
10Argentina26
11Ukraine27
12Brazil27
13Kenya29
14Georgia30
15Nigeria33
16S. Korea34
17Uganda34
18Kyrgyzstan35
19Mexico37
20India39
q=47.
Freedom On The Internet (2012)23
Pos.Higher is worse23
47Iran90
46Cuba86
45China85
44Syria83
43Uzbekistan77
42Ethiopia75
41Myanmar (Burma)75
40Vietnam73
39Bahrain71
38Saudi Arabia71
37Belarus69
36Pakistan63
35Thailand61
34Egypt59
33Kazakhstan58
32Sri Lanka55
31Zimbabwe54
30Russia52
29Rwanda51
28Azerbaijan50
q=47.

This is an important category as internet access allows access to varied sources of information outside of state influence, and access to the information age is a massive boost to personal liberty and personal potential. Scores are derived from these categories:

  1. "Obstacles to Access: assesses infrastructural and economic barriers to access; governmental efforts to block specific applications or technologies; and legal, regulatory and ownership control over internet and mobile phone access providers."
  2. "Limits on Content: examines filtering and blocking of websites; other forms of censorship and self-censorship; manipulation of content; the diversity of online news media; and usage of digital media for social and political activism."
  3. "Violations of User Rights: measures legal protections and restrictions on online activity; surveillance; privacy; and repercussions for online activity, such as legal prosecution, imprisonment, physical attacks, or other forms of harassment."

14 countries improved their stance on allowing access to the Internet uncensored by political or ideological bias, since last year. Bahrain, Pakistan, and Ethiopia saw the biggest increases in authoritarian behaviour. In many countries, imprisonment and violence against journalists and bloggers increased, and Pakistan's infamous blasphemy laws were increasingly enforced for online behaviour, reducing its ranking somewhat. "Only 4 of the 20 countries that recently experienced declines are considered electoral democracies. [...]"

"Regimes are covertly hiring armies of pro-government bloggers to tout the official point of view, discredit opposition activists, or disseminate false information about unfolding events [and] over the last year, it has been adopted in more than a quarter of the countries examined. The Bahraini authorities, for example, have employed hundreds of "trolls" whose responsibility is to scout popular domestic and international websites, and while posing as ordinary users, attack the credibility of those who post information that reflects poorly on the government."

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1.10. IT Security

#it_security

IT Security (2013)
Pos.Lower is better
1Ireland0.11
2Luxembourg0.11
3Belize0.11
4Hong Kong0.12
5Mexico0.16
6Israel0.20
7Colombia0.22
8S. Africa0.22
9Japan0.22
10Philippines0.24
11Czechia0.24
12Argentina0.27
13Hungary0.27
14Peru0.30
15Latvia0.33
16Pakistan0.38
17Taiwan0.44
18Sweden0.44
19Romania0.52
20Turkey0.52
q=81.
IT Security (2013)
Pos.Higher is worse
81USA3.68
80Russia2.42
79India2.10
78Sudan1.98
77Bangladesh1.87
76Iraq1.84
75Oman1.72
74Sri Lanka1.67
73Angola1.61
72China1.59
71Maldives1.57
70Tanzania1.50
69Rwanda1.50
68Netherlands1.47
67Germany1.46
66Afghanistan1.45
65Nepal1.45
64Ukraine1.44
63Uganda1.44
62Mongolia1.42
q=81.

This index measures to what extent countries produce spam and malware. Spam has threatened to destroy the world's email systems and has certainly cost the IT industry billions in mitigation. "Malware" is malicious software, and the index takes into account the number of servers based in country that are Botnet CnC machines (which are bad), and the numbers of servers that host malicious downloads, including some of those associated with the infamous Blackhole crimepak.

Russia's authorities have historically been quite lax toward cybercriminals.

Kaspersky Labs (2012)

The index also includes measures of host-based virus-detection from removable devices such as USB drives. This measures the danger in running IT systems in those locations, and probably reflects badly on the society and governments level of understanding of IT security in general.

Being a source of spam or malware is gauged as being four times worse than the other factors considered, especially as detection and block actions from antivirus are a good thing and only indirectly give away the fact that the IT security of the local environment is bad.

The data comes from a range of IT security companies including AVG, Kaspersky, McAfee and Sophos, covering 2010, 2011 and 2012 reports. In total, 17 reports' data were accumulated for this index, in all cases listing the worst offenders. In all this data only 83 unique countries appeared. All countries not on these lists have been given full points on account of no news being good news!

The upside to this IT Security index is that countries that are host to malware score lowly, bringing down their average scores. The downside to this negative index is that over 100 countries scored top points and many of these are not countries that have excellent IT security, but merely are countries that do not have much IT infrastructure. Hopefully a positive measure of IT security will resolve this in the future.

1.11. IPv6 Uptake

#the_internet

IPv6 Uptake (2017)24
Pos.Higher is better
Ratio24
1Belgium55.4
2Germany41.8
3Switzerland35.1
4USA35.0
5Greece33.5
6Luxembourg32.4
7India26.8
8Portugal26.6
9Ireland26.1
10UK24.7
11Japan22.1
12France18.8
13Canada18.3
14Peru18.3
15Ecuador18.2
16Estonia17.6
17Malaysia16.5
18Norway14.7
19Australia14.6
20Trinidad & Tobago14.5
q=176.
IPv6 Uptake (2017)24
Pos.Lower is worse
Ratio24
176Equatorial Guinea0.0
175Jordan0.0
174Fiji0.0
173Jamaica0.0
172Libya0.0
171Montenegro0.0
170St Vincent & Grenadines0.0
169Cuba0.0
168Dominica0.0
167St Lucia0.0
166Lebanon0.0
165Gabon0.0
164Grenada0.0
163Belize0.0
162Lesotho0.0
161Suriname0.0
160Oman0.0
159Barbados0.0
158Bahrain0.0
157Aruba0.0
q=176.

The time for preparation and transition is over: we should all be moving to IPv6. This is largely an issue for ISPs and large telecommunications companies, spurred on by government and citizen pressure. It is not good enough to ignore IPv6. Eventually when IPv4 support is removed from infrastructure, the entire network-of-networks (as well as individual networks) will run more smoothly and quicker. Don't hold up progress!

Sometimes, transition is a case of having to buy new equipment, but often the cost is tied up with having qualified administrators to make required configuration changes (and testing) on network devices. Because of this, the Social & Moral Development index only rates countries that have are at over $1,000 GDP per capita, in order to avoid punishing countries that are simply to poor and too troubled to modernize right now. Of the countries with the lowest GDP per Capita in the results, India performs very well indeed, proving to others that it can be done even where investments are spread thinly.

2. Overall Results by Country

#education #human_development #modernity #technology #the_internet

The overall scores are simply an average of each countries' position in all of the data sets that make up this category. Countries only receive a ranking if they have at least 4 different data points across the data sets. The overall results for each country are listed alongside their position in the Social and Moral Development Index.

Pos.Modernity and Learning (2020)
Lower is better

Avg Rank25
Social & Moral
Lower is better

Avg Rank26,27
1Finland8.029.7
2Belgium9.142.0
3Denmark10.028.3
4Sweden13.332.0
5Australia14.839.0
6Switzerland14.934.9
7Estonia14.947.0
8Czechia15.545.7
9New Zealand15.634.9
10UK15.837.6
11Ireland16.438.7
12Norway16.629.1
13Germany17.133.5
14Japan17.339.6
15Netherlands18.632.9
16Austria18.934.7
17Iceland19.137.0
18Slovenia19.546.5
19Canada20.435.8
20Singapore21.150.4
21Hungary21.248.4
22S. Korea21.545.2
23Hong Kong21.627.3
24France22.043.9
25Luxembourg22.236.5
26USA24.750.0
27Israel26.064.8
28Portugal27.051.3
29Latvia27.357.8
30Poland28.152.4
31Spain28.841.9
32Greece29.363.8
33Lithuania30.561.7
34Italy33.545.1
35Argentina33.769.9
36Russia37.181.3
37Slovakia38.955.7
38Turkey40.077.2
39Croatia40.061.1
40Ukraine41.980.9
41Bulgaria42.767.5
42Chile43.359.1
43S. Africa43.775.8
44Romania44.662.0
45Brazil45.168.1
46Malaysia45.670.4
47Belarus46.079.8
48Malta46.557.7
49Serbia46.669.8
50Cyprus47.157.8
q=180.
Pos.Modernity and Learning (2020)
Lower is better

Avg Rank25
Social & Moral
Lower is better

Avg Rank26,27
51Barbados48.075.9
52Bosnia & Herzegovina48.176.3
53Macau50.8
54Mexico50.975.3
55Saudi Arabia52.286.2
56Macedonia53.176.3
57UAE53.873.8
58Andorra53.888.0
59Uruguay55.158.3
60Costa Rica55.856.6
61Montenegro56.877.9
62Vietnam57.781.5
63India59.389.6
64Moldova60.175.3
65Uzbekistan60.181.1
66Iran60.999.0
67China61.477.8
68Kazakhstan61.488.7
69Tunisia62.379.9
70Peru62.377.1
71Colombia62.486.6
72Georgia62.875.3
73Trinidad & Tobago62.978.6
74Albania64.171.6
75Kenya64.797.3
76Ecuador64.781.0
77Thailand65.280.0
78Armenia65.377.2
79Egypt65.498.0
80St Lucia66.689.8
81Bahrain67.188.3
82Kuwait67.183.6
83Kyrgyzstan67.686.7
84Fiji68.085.9
85Qatar68.178.7
86Dominican Rep.68.387.0
87Azerbaijan68.687.3
88Bahamas68.686.3
89Seychelles69.878.1
90Morocco70.086.7
91Grenada70.592.7
92Cuba71.276.7
93Jordan71.884.6
94Lebanon71.992.7
95Mauritius72.067.1
96Venezuela72.3103.2
97Belize72.796.6
98Brunei73.092.6
99Philippines74.184.0
100Palestine74.8116.1
q=180.
Pos.Modernity and Learning (2020)
Lower is better

Avg Rank25
Social & Moral
Lower is better

Avg Rank26,27
101Uganda75.3101.7
102Sri Lanka76.078.7
103Tonga76.0109.1
104Oman76.187.0
105Maldives77.074.2
106Bhutan77.582.1
107Panama77.778.6
108Bolivia79.984.9
109Pakistan80.2113.2
110Jamaica80.685.5
111Libya81.3110.4
112Indonesia82.894.7
113Dominica83.393.8
114Cameroon83.3112.8
115Ethiopia83.5112.3
116Zimbabwe83.8116.9
117Ghana84.190.5
118Nepal84.597.0
119Tajikistan84.592.8
120Mongolia85.476.7
121Marshall Islands86.8112.3
122Samoa86.8100.1
123Zambia89.0100.6
124Rwanda89.1104.0
125Algeria89.6101.2
126Guatemala89.987.4
127Senegal90.097.2
128Sudan90.9124.0
129Paraguay91.392.4
130El Salvador91.391.2
131Laos91.7111.6
132Antigua & Barbuda92.890.9
133Sao Tome & Principe92.8114.4
134Nicaragua93.390.9
135Cape Verde93.598.0
136Botswana93.598.2
137Namibia94.2103.9
138Ivory Coast94.3113.8
139Suriname94.897.2
140Nigeria95.3113.0
141St Vincent & Grenadines95.595.1
142Burkina Faso95.7101.7
143Benin97.0111.6
144Syria97.7122.0
145Mali98.1117.5
146Togo99.4111.5
147Malawi99.8108.5
148Gabon100.2114.6
149Swaziland100.4117.9
150Angola101.3134.2
q=180.
Pos.Modernity and Learning (2020)
Lower is better

Avg Rank25
Social & Moral
Lower is better

Avg Rank26,27
151Myanmar (Burma)103.8113.5
152Burundi104.2124.6
153Turkmenistan104.499.9
154Bangladesh104.4104.6
155Tanzania105.3108.3
156Honduras105.3100.8
157Yemen105.7128.9
158Iraq106.6131.8
159Guyana107.699.9
160Liberia107.8117.1
161Central African Rep.108.5131.5
162Mauritania108.7123.0
163Guinea-Bissau109.3123.0
164Cambodia110.0111.3
165Gambia110.3113.4
166Afghanistan112.5130.8
167Mozambique113.8115.1
168Congo, (Brazzaville)115.8125.6
169Congo, DR116.0128.2
170Lesotho116.7105.1
171Guinea117.5115.7
172Chad118.6131.3
173Papua New Guinea119.2119.4
174Haiti119.5112.6
175Niger124.0120.3
176Timor-Leste (E. Timor)127.8110.4
177Sierra Leone128.3116.7
178Djibouti129.2110.9
179Madagascar141.0115.6
180Equatorial Guinea150.0127.1
q=180.

3. Overall Results by Region

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AreaModernity and Learning (2020)
Lower is better

Avg Rank25
Social & Moral
Lower is better

Avg Rank26,27
Africa...97.4111.1
Asia...69.686.8
Australasia66.7102.5
Baltic States24.255.5
Central America83.786.0
Europe...33.356.9
Melanesia93.6107.5
Micronesia86.8116.3
North America73.283.4
Polynesia59.597.4
Scandinavia...13.733.9
Small Islands...75.493.5
South America67.781.5
The Americas...71.282.7
The Balkans48.772.1
The Caribbean...77.388.8
The Mediterranean53.175.1
The Middle East67.892.4
World69.086.9

The table here shows overall results for this category, compared with each region's average score on the Social and Moral Development Index. Regional values are calculated as an average of national results, not by total regional population. The tables below show results for each data set for each region.

Modernity and Education Data Sets by Region:

AreaResearch and Development (2016)
Higher is better

% RDP PPP
Secondary Education (2018)
Higher is better
11
Length of Schooling (2018)
Higher is better

Years12
Intellectual Endeavours (2017)
Lower is better

Rank13
Maths, Science & Reading (2015)
Higher is better

Score14
Religiosity (2009)
Lower is better

%16
IQ (2006)
Higher is better21
Africa...0.3634.4%10.6106.4110094.770.6
Asia...0.7566.0%13.197.1139877.390.4
Australasia1.7179.3%13.558.7151298.5
Baltic States0.9998.1%16.222.3148632.396.0
Central America0.1552.2%12.4110.4124784.382.3
Europe...1.3288.3%16.031.3141755.296.6
Melanesia44.7%11.593.5
Micronesia94.6%12.543.0
North America0.5764.7%13.486.8130377.383.5
Polynesia1.1788.4%14.553.7151799.0
Scandinavia...2.4095.6%18.421.3151617.399.3
Small Islands...0.7468.7%13.376.5137084.887.0
South America0.3460.5%14.4122.4127177.387.8
The Americas...0.4763.0%13.899.8128777.385.3
The Balkans0.5080.7%14.936.7123268.391.7
The Caribbean...0.3268.0%13.580.7114487.078.0
The Mediterranean1.0869.8%14.758.7133173.689.3
The Middle East0.6662.5%13.393.0126487.284.8
World0.8463.0%13.282.0138975.185.6

Technology and Information Data Sets by Region:

AreaInternet Users (2016)
Higher is better
22
Internet Freedom (2012)
Lower is better
23
IT Security (2013)
Lower is better
IPv6 Uptake (2017)
Higher is better

Ratio24
Africa...18.4%45.01.070.04
Asia...48.7%56.61.082.11
Australasia44.3%18.00.631.55
Baltic States81.6%10.00.336.65
Central America36.0%0.111.00
Europe...76.7%31.40.808.11
Melanesia33.8%0.02
Micronesia34.2%0.10
North America57.5%45.01.202.76
Polynesia57.2%1.93
Scandinavia...95.7%10.00.447.87
Small Islands...54.9%71.01.030.52
South America53.9%33.70.494.76
The Americas...56.4%39.30.843.36
The Balkans61.8%5.41
The Caribbean...60.4%86.01.081.03
The Mediterranean61.6%50.00.752.98
The Middle East60.4%66.40.960.57
World48.1%46.70.983.82

4. The Social and Moral Development Index

The data sets form part of the calculations for the Human Truth Foundation's Social and Moral Development Index.

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.