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Congo, (Brazzaville) (Republic of the Congo)

By Vexen Crabtree 2013

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Congo, (Brazzaville)
Republic of the Congo
StatusIndependent State
Social and Moral Index160th best
CapitalBrazzaville
Land Area1 341 500 km2
LocationAfrica
Population24.233 million
Life Expectancy357.769yrs (2012)
GNI3$2 934
ISO3166-1 Codes4CG, COG, 178
Internet Domain5.cg
Currency6Franc (XAF)
Telephone7+242

1. Overview

Upon independence in 1960, the former French region of Middle Congo became the Republic of the Congo. A quarter century of experimentation with Marxism was abandoned in 1990 and a democratically elected government took office in 1992. A brief civil war in 1997 restored former Marxist President Denis SASSOU-Nguesso, and ushered in a period of ethnic and political unrest. Southern-based rebel groups agreed to a final peace accord in March 2003, but the calm is tenuous and refugees continue to present a humanitarian crisis. The Republic of Congo is one of Africa's largest petroleum producers, but with declining production it will need new offshore oil finds to sustain its oil earnings over the long term.

CIA's The World Factbook (2013)8

2. Congo, (Brazzaville) National and Social Development

UN's Human Development Index
Country2012
score
Average
1980-2010
1Norway95.587.3
2Australia93.888.9
3USA93.787.8
...
139Cambodia54.347.8
140Bhutan53.851.8
141Swaziland53.651.3
142Congo, (Brazzaville)53.449.3
143Solomon Islands53.049.3
144Sao Tome & Principe52.550.6
145Kenya51.945.6
146Bangladesh51.539.3
147Pakistan51.542.4
148Angola50.843.3
149Myanmar (Burma)49.835.9
150Cameroon49.542.6
151Madagascar48.345.4
Data Source
Social and Moral Development
CountryScore
1Sweden88.9
2Iceland87.4
3Denmark87.2
...
157Uganda43.6
158Tanzania43.5
159Angola43.1
160Congo, (Brazzaville)43.0
161Nigeria43.0
162Djibouti42.9
163Eritrea42.5
164Senegal42.5
165Ivory Coast42.4
166Gambia42.0
167Zambia42.0
168Malawi42.0
169Togo41.6
170Mozambique41.6
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
...
160Gambia58.8
161Tanzania58.9
162Djibouti58.3
163Congo, (Brazzaville)57.8
164Kenya57.7
165Togo57.5
166Liberia57.3
167Benin56.5
Data Source
Fertility Rate
1Korea, N.2.0
2Brunei2.0
3St Vincent & Grenadines2.0
...
147Palestine4.3
148Cameroon4.3
149Mauritania4.4
150Congo, (Brazzaville)4.5
151Central African Rep.4.5
152Madagascar4.5
153Iraq4.6
154Kenya4.6
Data Source
Population (m=millions)
CountryPeoplePer km2
1China1 353.6m145
2India1 258.35m423
3USA 315.79m35
...
124Lebanon4.292m420
125Palestine4.271m
126Liberia4.245m44
127Congo, (Brazzaville)4.233m12
128Bosnia & Herzegovina3.744m73
129Panama3.625m49
130Mauritania3.623m4
Data Source

Congo, (Brazzaville)'s population is predicted to rise to 6.169 million by 2030. This country has a fertility rate of 4.46.

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
...
153Ecuador1967
154Swaziland1968
155Nauru1968
156Congo, (Brazzaville)1970
157Congo, DR1970
158Yemen1970
159Switzerland1971
160Bangladesh1972
Gender Equality
1Netherlands0.04
2Sweden0.05
3Denmark0.06
...
130Kenya0.61
131Burkina Faso0.61
132India0.61
133Congo, (Brazzaville)0.61
134Papua New Guinea0.62
135Benin0.62
136Zambia0.62
137Cameroon0.63
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.

Congo, (Brazzaville) 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%
...
59Romania4%
60Iran4%
61Uzbekistan4%
62Congo, (Brazzaville)3%
63India3%
64Poland3%
65Jamaica3%
66Lebanon3%
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:

Christian85.9%
Muslim1.2%
Hindu0.1%
Buddhist0.1%
Folk Religion2.8%
Jew0.1%
Unaffiliated9%

The CIA World Factbook has slightly different data, and states simply: Christian 50%, animist 48%, Muslim 2%10.

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6. The Internet

Internet Users in Population
1Iceland95.64
2Norway93.28
3Netherlands90.70
...
155Togo5.38
156Comoros5.10
157Solomon Islands5.00
158Congo, (Brazzaville)5.00
159Mozambique4.17
160Cameroon4.00
161Lesotho3.86
162Bangladesh3.70
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

Personal Charitability (2013-2016)11
CountryValue11
1Myanmar (Burma)1.25
2USA1.5
3New Zealand3.5
...
121Azerbaijan102.25
122Estonia103.25
123Moldova103.5
124Congo, (Brazzaville)104.75
125Bosnia & Herzegovina107
126Algeria109
127Slovakia110.5
128Ecuador111
Economic Freedom
1Hong Kong9.0
2Singapore8.8
3New Zealand8.4
...
137Chad5.3
138Guinea-Bissau5.2
139Angola5.1
140Congo, DR5.0
141Congo, (Brazzaville)4.7
142Myanmar (Burma)4.3
143Zimbabwe4.3
144Venezuela4.0
Data Source
Global Peace Index
1Iceland1.11
2New Zealand1.24
3Denmark1.24
...
100Liberia2.13
101Mali2.13
102Sri Lanka2.14
103Congo, (Brazzaville)2.15
104Kazakhstan2.15
105Saudi Arabia2.18
106Haiti2.18
107Cambodia2.21
Data Source
Average IQ
1Singapore108
2Korea, S.106
3Taiwan105
...
129Zimbabwe66
130Senegal66
131Cameroon64
132Central African Rep.64
133Congo, (Brazzaville)64
134Ethiopia64
135Mozambique64
136Sierra Leone64
Data Source
Human Rights Treaties
1Argentina24
2Ecuador23
3Germany23
...
127Nepal13
128Equatorial Guinea13
129Ivory Coast13
130Congo, (Brazzaville)13
131Djibouti13
132Antigua & Barbuda13
133Zambia13
134Malawi13
Data Source
Press Freedom Index
1Finland99.0
2Netherlands99.0
3Norway99.0
...
72Mozambique99.3
73Armenia99.3
74Malawi99.3
75Congo, (Brazzaville)99.3
76Kuwait99.3
77Nicaragua99.3
78Benin99.3
79Dominican Rep.99.3
Data Source
Gross National Income
1Qatar$87 478
2Liechtenstein$84 880
3Kuwait$52 793
...
134Uzbekistan$3 201
135Kiribati$3 079
136Vietnam$2 970
137Congo, (Brazzaville)$2 934
138Pakistan$2 566
139Nicaragua$2 551
140Laos$2 435
141Papua New Guinea$2 386
Data Source
Happiness
1Denmark7.8
2Netherlands7.6
3Norway7.6
...
106Dominican Rep.4.7
107Tunisia4.7
108India4.6
109Congo, (Brazzaville)4.5
110Serbia4.5
111Bahrain4.5
112Kenya4.4
113Cameroon4.4
Data Source
Environmental Performance
1Iceland93.5
2Switzerland89.1
3Costa Rica86.4
...
100Swaziland54.4
101Ivory Coast54.3
102Trinidad & Tobago54.2
103Congo, (Brazzaville)54.0
104Guatemala54.0
105Congo, DR51.6
106Malawi51.4
107Kenya51.4
Data Source
Gay Equality
1Netherlands405
2Belgium350
3Canada280
...
117Puerto Rico10
118China10
119Madagascar10
120Congo, (Brazzaville)10
121Bermuda10
122Anguilla10
123Nauru0
124Palau0
Data Source

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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 20.

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/cf.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. Charities Aid Foundation . Average ranking across years 2013-2016. Lower is better.^

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