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Bolivia (Republic of Bolivia)

By Vexen Crabtree 2013

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Bolivia
Republic of Bolivia
StatusIndependent State
Social and Moral Index111st best
CapitalLa Paz (administrative/legislative) and Sucre (judical)
Land Area11 083 300 km2
LocationSouth America, The Americas
Population2 10.25 million
Life Expectancy366.933yrs (2012)
GNI3$4 444
ISO3166-1 Codes4BO, BOL, 68
Internet Domain5.bo
Currency6Boliviano (BOB)
Telephone7+591

1. Overview

Bolivia, named after independence fighter Simon BOLIVAR, broke away from Spanish rule in 1825; much of its subsequent history has consisted of a series of nearly 200 coups and countercoups. Democratic civilian rule was established in 1982, but leaders have faced difficult problems of deep-seated poverty, social unrest, and illegal drug production. In December 2005, Bolivians elected Movement Toward Socialism leader Evo MORALES president - by the widest margin of any leader since the restoration of civilian rule in 1982 - after he ran on a promise to change the country's traditional political class and empower the nation's poor, indigenous majority. However, since taking office, his controversial strategies have exacerbated racial and economic tensions between the Amerindian populations of the Andean west and the non-indigenous communities of the eastern lowlands. In December 2009, President MORALES easily won reelection, and his party took control of the legislative branch of the government, which will allow him to continue his process of change. In October 2011, the country held its first judicial elections to appoint judges to the four highest courts.

CIA's The World Factbook (2013)8

2. Bolivia National and Social Development

UN's Human Development Index
Country2012
score
Average
1980-2010
1Norway95.587.3
2Australia93.888.9
3USA93.787.8
...
106Gabon68.360.4
107El Salvador68.057.0
108Mongolia67.558.1
109Bolivia67.558.5
110Palestine67.064.0
111Paraguay66.959.8
112Egypt66.253.3
113Moldova66.061.5
114Philippines65.459.1
115Uzbekistan65.463.6
116Syria64.856.5
117Micronesia64.563.5
118Guyana63.655.0
Data Source
Social and Moral Development
CountryScore
1Sweden89.9
2Iceland88.7
3Denmark88.3
...
108Honduras52.8
109Azerbaijan52.7
110Qatar52.6
111Bolivia52.5
112Vietnam52.5
113Libya52.4
114Tunisia52.3
115UAE52.2
116Botswana52.1
117Swaziland51.7
118Jordan51.6
119Tajikistan51.4
120Sri Lanka51.1
121Korea, N.51.1
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 (2017).

3. Population and Life Expectancy

Life Expectancy (at birth)
1Japan83.6
2Hong Kong83
3Switzerland82.5
...
137Tuvalu67.5
138Kazakhstan67.4
139Madagascar66.9
140Bolivia66.9
141Yemen65.9
142India65.8
143Pakistan65.7
144Myanmar (Burma)65.7
Data Source
Fertility Rate
1Korea, N.2.0
2Brunei2.0
3St Vincent & Grenadines2.0
...
127Haiti3.2
128Gabon3.2
129Swaziland3.2
130Bolivia3.2
131Pakistan3.2
132Micronesia3.3
133Sao Tome & Principe3.5
134Djibouti3.6
Data Source
Population (m=millions)
CountryPeoplePer km2
1China1 353.6m145
2India1 258.35m423
3USA 315.79m35
...
80Czech Rep. 10.57m137
81Guinea 10.48m43
82Haiti 10.26m372
83Bolivia 10.25m9
84Dominican Rep. 10.18m211
85Hungary9.95m110
86Serbia9.847m113
Data Source

Bolivia's population is predicted to rise to 13.39 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. This country has a fertility rate of 3.25.

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
...
89St Vincent & Grenadines1951
90Antigua & Barbuda1951
91Greece1952
92Bolivia1952
93Ivory Coast1952
94Lebanon1952
95Guyana1953
96Mexico1953
Gender Equality
1Netherlands0.04
2Sweden0.05
3Denmark0.06
...
94Suriname0.47
95Paraguay0.47
96Cambodia0.47
97Bolivia0.47
98Burundi0.48
99Jordan0.48
100Honduras0.48
101Laos0.48
Data Source

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.

The 1950s saw a late rush of 43 countries, including Bolivia and many developing nations, move to cease preventing women from voting. Bolivia is an unequal country, with male rights dominating those of women.

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5. Religion and Beliefs

#buddhism #christianity #hinduism #islam #judaism

Disbelief In God
1Vietnam81%
2Japan65%
3Sweden64%
...
79Guatemala1%
80Honduras1%
81Peru1%
82Bolivia1%
83Panama1%
84Brazil1%
85Paraguay1%
86Venezuela1%
Data Source
How Many Are Religious?
1Estonia16%
2Sweden17%
3Denmark19%
...
66Panama88%
67Guatemala88%
68Zimbabwe88%
69Bolivia89%
70Tanzania89%
71Syria89%
72India90%
73Kosovo90%
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:

Christian93.9%
Muslim0.1%
Hindu0.1%
Buddhist0.1%
Folk Religion0.9%
Jew0.1%
Unaffiliated4.1%

The CIA World Factbook has slightly different data, and states: Roman Catholic 95%, Protestant (Evangelical Methodist) 5%10.

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6. The Internet

Internet Users in Population
1Iceland95.64
2Norway93.28
3Netherlands90.70
...
104Thailand21.20
105Syria20.66
106Micronesia20.01
107Bolivia20.00
108Paraguay19.80
109Kyrgyzstan19.58
110Uzbekistan19.45
111Sao Tome & Principe18.80
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

Anti-Semite Opinions11
Country%11
1Laos0
2Philippines3
3Sweden4
...
45Venezuela30
46Moldova30
47Russia30
48Bolivia30
49Georgia32
50Kazakhstan32
51Bangladesh32
52Bosnia & Herzegovina32
Personal Charitability
(World Position, 2013-2016)
12
CountryValue12
1Myanmar (Burma)1.25
2USA1.5
3New Zealand3.5
...
67S. Sudan58
68Uruguay61
69Namibia61
70Bolivia61.5
71Honduras61.75
72Italy63.5
73Botswana63.75
74Ghana63.75
Personal, Civil and Economic Freedom13
CountryRank13
1Hong Kong1
2Switzerland2
3New Zealand3
...
68Guatemala68
69Moldova69
70Namibia69
71Bolivia71
72Indonesia72
73Turkey73
74S. Africa74
75Papua New Guinea74
Global Peace Index
1Iceland1.11
2New Zealand1.24
3Denmark1.24
...
81Nicaragua2.01
82Montenegro2.01
83Brazil2.02
84Bolivia2.02
85Swaziland2.03
86Ecuador2.03
87Equatorial Guinea2.04
88USA2.06
Data Source
Average IQ
1Singapore108
2Korea, S.106
3Taiwan105
...
64Uzbekistan87
65Brazil87
66Azerbaijan87
67Bolivia87
68Philippines86
69Kuwait86
70Cuba85
71Trinidad & Tobago85
Data Source
Human Rights Treaties
1Argentina24
2Ecuador23
3Germany23
...
18Belgium22
19Brazil21
20Bosnia & Herzegovina21
21Bolivia21
22France21
23Montenegro21
24Senegal21
25Mali21
Data Source
Press Freedom Index
1Finland99.0
2Netherlands99.0
3Norway99.0
...
105Kyrgyzstan99.3
106Fiji99.3
107Brazil99.3
108Bolivia99.3
109Qatar99.3
110Panama99.3
111Israel99.3
112Montenegro99.3
Data Source
R & D Spending
Country% RDP PPP
1Korea, S.4.2914
2Israel4.1114
3Japan3.5814
...
95Panama0.1815
96Oman0.1716
97Kazakhstan0.1716
98Bolivia0.1617
99Kyrgyzstan0.1615
100Sri Lanka0.1618
101Albania0.1519
102Namibia0.1418
Gross National Income
1Qatar$87 478
2Liechtenstein$84 880
3Kuwait$52 793
...
113Angola$4 812
114Syria$4 674
115Paraguay$4 497
116Bolivia$4 444
117Morocco$4 384
118Mongolia$4 245
119Guatemala$4 235
120Indonesia$4 154
Data Source
Happiness
1Denmark7.8
2Netherlands7.6
3Norway7.6
...
53Moldova5.8
54Vietnam5.8
55Paraguay5.8
56Bolivia5.8
57Turkmenistan5.8
58Jordan5.7
59Nicaragua5.7
60Peru5.6
Data Source
Environmental Performance
1Iceland93.5
2Switzerland89.1
3Costa Rica86.4
...
133Indonesia44.6
134Rwanda44.6
135Guinea44.4
136Bolivia44.3
137Papua New Guinea44.3
138Bangladesh44.0
139Burundi43.9
140Ethiopia43.1
Data Source
Gay Equality
1Netherlands405
2Belgium350
3Canada280
...
70Georgia25
71Cyprus25
72Guernsey25
73Bolivia25
74Bosnia & Herzegovina25
75Venezuela25
76Gabon20
77St Helena20
Data Source

Current edition: 2013 May 01
Last Modified: 2013 Nov 05
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Anti-Defamation League. (ADL)
(2014) ADL Global 100, Executive Summary. Accessed on global100.adl.org on 2017 Jan 02. The numbers given are of those who state that racist stereotyped statements about Jews are true; they have to agree to 6 or more of the 11 statements to be counted. An example statements is "Jews are hated because of the way they behave". The data was collected from 53,100 interviews across 101 countries plus the West Bank and Gaza. The global average is 26%.

Charities Aid Foundation
World Giving Index. On www.cafonline.org.

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
(2017) "What is the Best Country in the World? An Index of Morality, Conscience and Good Life" (2017). Accessed 2017 Feb 28.

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.

The Fraser Institute
(2016) The Human Freedom Index. Published by The Cato Institute, The Fraser Institute and the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom. Covers data up to 2014. On www.fraserinstitute.org/.../human-freedom-index-2016..

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/bl.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. ADL (2014) . Lower is better.^
  12. Charities Aid Foundation . Average ranking across years 2013-2016. Lower is better.^
  13. Fraser Institute, the (2016) . Covers data for 2014.^
  14. OECD (2016) data for year 2014.^
  15. World Bank data for year 2011.^
  16. World Bank data for year 2013.^
  17. World Bank data for year 2009.^
  18. World Bank data for year 2010.^
  19. World Bank data for year 2008.^

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