Czech Republic

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Czech Republic
StatusIndependent State
Social and Moral Index24th best
CapitalPrague
Land Area1 77 240 km2
LocationEurope
Population2 10.57 million
Life Expectancy377.844yrs (2012)
GNI3$22 067
ISO3166-1 Codes4CZ, CZE, 203
Internet Domain5.cz
Currency6Koruna (CZK)
Telephone7+420

1. Overview

At the close of World War I, the Czechs and Slovaks of the former Austro-Hungarian Empire merged to form Czechoslovakia. During the interwar years, having rejected a federal system, the new country's predominantly Czech leaders were frequently preoccupied with meeting the increasingly strident demands of other ethnic minorities within the republic, most notably the Slovaks, the Sudeten Germans, and the Ruthenians (Ukrainians). On the eve of World War II, Nazi Germany occupied the Czech part of the country and Slovakia became an independent state allied with Germany. After the war, a reunited but truncated Czechoslovakia (less Ruthenia) fell within the Soviet sphere of influence. In 1968, an invasion by Warsaw Pact troops ended the efforts of the country's leaders to liberalize Communist rule and create "socialism with a human face," ushering in a period of repression known as "normalization." The peaceful "Velvet Revolution" swept the Communist Party from power at the end of 1989 and inaugurated a return to democratic rule and a market economy. On 1 January 1993, the country underwent a nonviolent "velvet divorce" into its two national components, the Czech Republic and Slovakia. The Czech Republic joined NATO in 1999 and the European Union in 2004.

CIA's The World Factbook (2013)8

2. Czech Republic National and Social Development

UN's Human Development Index
Country2012
score
Average
1980-2010
1Norway95.587.3
2Australia93.888.9
3USA93.787.8
...
25Italy88.179.5
26Luxembourg87.580.9
27UK87.580.4
28Czech Rep.87.383.9
29Greece86.078.7
30Brunei85.579.7
31Cyprus84.879.5
32Malta84.777.1
33Andorra84.683.8
34Estonia84.677.5
35Slovakia84.078.6
36Qatar83.476.4
37Hungary83.174.9
Data Source
Social and Moral Development
CountryScore
1Sweden89.1
2Iceland87.6
3Denmark87.2
...
21Liechtenstein76.6
22Spain76.4
23Hong Kong76.2
24Czech Rep.76.1
25Korea, S.76.0
26St Vincent & Grenadines74.9
27Taiwan74.7
28Slovakia74.4
29Slovenia74.4
30Lithuania73.7
31Portugal73.6
32Latvia71.5
33Italy70.2
34Antigua & Barbuda69.9
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
...
38USA78.7
39Qatar78.5
40Brunei78.1
41Czech Rep.77.8
42Dominica77.6
43Uruguay77.2
44Mexico77.1
45Albania77.1
Data Source
Fertility Rate
1Korea, N.2.0
2Brunei2.0
3St Vincent & Grenadines2.0
...
76Russia1.5
77Albania1.5
78Latvia1.5
79Czech Rep.1.5
80Spain1.5
81Croatia1.5
82Dominican Rep.2.5
83Lithuania1.5
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Population (m=millions)
CountryPeoplePer km2
1China1 353.6m145
2India1 258.35m423
3USA 315.79m35
...
77Tunisia 10.7m69
78Portugal 10.7m117
79S. Sudan 10.67m
80Czech Rep. 10.57m137
81Guinea 10.48m43
82Haiti 10.26m372
83Bolivia 10.25m9
Data Source

The Czech Republic's population is predicted to rise to 10.8 million by 2030. This rise is despite a low fertility rate, meaning, that this country is helping to alleviate problems with growing population in neighbouring countries by accepting immigrants, very likely as a requirement of maintaining an active workforce. This country has a fertility rate of 1.50. 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
...
10Latvia1918
11Germany1919
12Slovakia1919
13Czech Rep.1919
14Poland1919
15Netherlands1919
16Belarus1919
17Luxembourg1919
Gender Equality
1Netherlands0.04
2Sweden0.05
3Denmark0.06
...
17Australia0.12
18Canada0.12
19Ireland0.12
20Czech Rep.0.12
21Japan0.13
22Cyprus0.13
23Greece0.14
24Poland0.14
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.

Czech Republic is on the way towards ending gender inequality and has been striving towards this end for quite some time.

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5. Religion and Beliefs

#Buddhism #Christianity #Hinduism #Islam #Judaism

Disbelief In God
1Vietnam81%
2Japan65%
3Sweden64%
4Czech Rep.61%
5Estonia49%
6Denmark48%
7France44%
8Belgium43%
9UK42%
10Netherlands42%
11Germany42%
12Cuba40%
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:

Christian23.3%
Muslim0.1%
Hindu0.1%
Buddhist0.1%
Folk Religion0.1%
Jew0.1%
Unaffiliated76.4%

The CIA World Factbook has slightly different data, and states: Roman Catholic 10.3%, Protestant (includes Czech Brethren and Hussite) 0.8%, other and unspecified 54.6%, none 34.2% (2011 census)10.

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6. The Internet

IT Security Risks
271USA3.68
270Russia2.42
269India2.10
...
204Peru0.30
203Hungary0.27
202Argentina0.27
201Czech Rep.0.24
200Philippines0.24
199S. Africa0.22
198Japan0.22
197Colombia0.22
Data Source
Internet Users in Population
1Iceland95.64
2Norway93.28
3Netherlands90.70
...
31Barbados70.03
32Ireland69.77
33Slovenia69.34
34Czech Rep.68.64
35Spain65.81
36Israel65.39
37Hungary65.16
38Malta63.08
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

Economic Freedom
1Hong Kong9.0
2Singapore8.8
3New Zealand8.4
...
55El Salvador7.2
56Guatemala7.2
57Portugal7.2
58Czech Rep.7.2
59Latvia7.2
60Dominican Rep.7.1
61Cambodia7.1
62Philippines7.1
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Global Peace Index
1Iceland1.11
2New Zealand1.24
3Denmark1.24
...
10Switzerland1.35
11Belgium1.38
12Qatar1.39
13Czech Rep.1.40
14Sweden1.42
15Germany1.42
16Portugal1.47
17Hungary1.48
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Average IQ
1Singapore108
2Korea, S.106
3Taiwan105
...
25Australia98
26USA98
27Denmark98
28Czech Rep.98
29France98
30Russia97
31Belarus97
32Ukraine97
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Human Rights Treaties
1Argentina24
2Ecuador23
3Germany23
...
31Liechtenstein20
32Hungary20
33Norway20
34Czech Rep.20
35New Zealand20
36Albania20
37Korea, S.20
38Cyprus20
Data Source
Press Freedom Index
1Finland99.0
2Netherlands99.0
3Norway99.0
...
13Jamaica99.0
14Switzerland99.0
15Ireland99.0
16Czech Rep.99.0
17Germany99.0
18Costa Rica99.1
19Namibia99.1
20Canada99.1
Data Source
R & D Spending
Country% RDP PPP
1Korea, S.4.2911
2Israel4.1111
3Japan3.5811
...
13Slovenia2.3911
14France2.2611
15Australia2.2512
16Czech Rep.2.0011
17Singapore2.0013
18Netherlands1.9711
19Iceland1.8911
20Norway1.7011
Gross National Income
1Qatar$87 478
2Liechtenstein$84 880
3Kuwait$52 793
...
35Cyprus$23 825
36Saudi Arabia$22 616
37Seychelles$22 615
38Czech Rep.$22 067
39Trinidad & Tobago$21 941
40Equatorial Guinea$21 715
41Malta$21 184
42Greece$20 511
Data Source
Happiness
1Denmark7.8
2Netherlands7.6
3Norway7.6
...
38Spain6.5
39Colombia6.4
40Argentina6.4
41Czech Rep.6.3
42Guatemala6.3
43Malta6.2
44Uruguay6.1
45Japan6.1
Data Source
Environmental Performance
1Iceland93.5
2Switzerland89.1
3Costa Rica86.4
...
19Portugal73.0
20Latvia72.5
21Japan72.5
22Czech Rep.71.6
23Panama71.4
24Albania71.4
25Spain70.6
26Belize69.9
Data Source
Gay Equality
1Netherlands405
2Belgium350
3Canada280
...
36USA88
37Finland85
38Guam80
39Czech Rep.80
40Slovenia70
41Colombia65
42Ecuador55
43Romania50
Data Source

By Vexen Crabtree 2013 May 01
http://www.humantruth.info/czech_republic.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.

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/ez.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 2011.^
  13. OECD (2016) data for year 2013.^

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