The Human Truth Foundation

Dominica (Commonwealth of Dominica)

By Vexen Crabtree 2013

#dominica

Dominica
Commonwealth of Dominica
StatusIndependent State
Social and Moral Index116th best
CapitalRoseau
Land Area 750km21
LocationNorth America, The Americas, The Caribbean
GroupingsSmall Islands
Population71 6252
Life Expectancy77.85yrs (2017)3
GNI$10 096 (2017)4
ISO3166-1 CodesDM, DMA, 2125
Internet Domain.dm6
CurrencyDollar (XCD)7
Telephone+8

1. Overview

#france

Dominica was the last of the Caribbean islands to be colonized by Europeans due chiefly to the fierce resistance of the native Caribs. France ceded possession to Great Britain in 1763, which made the island a colony in 1805. In 1980, two years after independence, Dominica's fortunes improved when a corrupt and tyrannical administration was replaced by that of Mary Eugenia CHARLES, the first female prime minister in the Caribbean, who remained in office for 15 years. Some 3,000 Carib Indians still living on Dominica are the only pre-Columbian population remaining in the eastern Caribbean.

CIA's The World Factbook (2013)9

Book CoverWith waterfalls, jungle, sulfur springs, secret swimming holes, rivers, reefs and coastline, this untamed and mass-tourism-free `nature island´ promises unusual experiences and adventures. On Dominica, nature has been as creative and prolific as Picasso in his prime. Much of this volcanic island is blanketed by untamed rainforest that embraces you with the loft and grandeur of a Gothic cathedral. Experiences await that will forever etch themselves into your memory: an intense trek to a bubbling lake, soothing your muscles in hot sulfur springs, getting pummeled by a waterfall, snorkeling in a glass of `champagne,´ swimming up a narrow gorge -the list of possible ecoadventures goes on.

In many ways, Dominica is the `anti-Caribbean´ island. It has been spared the mass tourism, in large part because there are very few sandy beaches, no flashy resorts and no direct international flights. The locals are so friendly that they often stop visitors just to wish them a good visit. Just as uniquely, Dominica is also home to about 2200 Caribs, the only pre-Columbian population remaining in the eastern Caribbean.

"The World" by Lonely Planet (2014)10

2. Dominica National and Social Development

#economics #human_development

UN HDI (2016)11
Pos.Lower is better
Rank11
1Norway1
2Australia2
3Switzerland2
...
93Mongolia92
94Jamaica94
95Colombia95
96Dominica96
97Suriname97
98Tunisia97
99Dominican Rep.99
100St Vincent & Grenadines99
World Avg94.3
q=188.
Gross National Income Per-Capita (2011)12
Pos.Higher is better
PPP $12
1Qatar$129 916
2Singapore$78 162
3Kuwait$76 075
...
99Albania$10 252
100Tunisia$10 249
101Jordan$10 111
102Dominica$10 096
103Bosnia & Herzegovina$10 091
104Egypt$10 064
105Indonesia$10 053
106St Lucia$9 791
World Avg$17 240
q=193.
Social & Moral
Development Index
13,14
Pos.Lower is better
Avg Rank13,14
1Taiwan30.2
2Denmark30.5
3Norway30.9
...
113Antigua & Barbuda93.5
114Kenya94.5
115Senegal94.7
116Dominica94.7
117St Vincent & Grenadines95.0
118Grenada95.8
119Brunei96.0
120St Kitts & Nevis96.1
World Avg86.4
q=195.

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 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.

3. Dominica's Demographics

#health #immigration #life_expectancy #longevity #migration #population

Population:

Dominica's population is predicted to fall to 69 000 by 2030. Developed countries with falling populations face a pension's crises, whereby an incresingly ageing population must be cared for by fewer and fewer workers. Economic stability can be maintained by increasing foreign workers from younger countries.

Population (2018)2
Pos.
Population2
1China1.4b
2India1.4b
3USA327.1m
...
184Seychelles97 096
185Antigua & Barbuda96 286
186Andorra77 006
187Dominica71 625
188Marshall Islands58 413
189St Kitts & Nevis52 441
190Monaco38 682
191Liechtenstein37 910
World Avg39.0m
q=195.
Life Expectancy (2015)12
Pos.Higher is better
Years12
1Hong Kong84.16
2Japan83.68
3Italy83.34
...
38Czechia78.78
39Qatar78.32
40Albania77.97
41Dominica77.85
42Panama77.76
43Poland77.62
44Croatia77.50
45Uruguay77.35
World Avg71.27
q=190.

Migration:

Immigrants (2017)15
Pos.
%15
1UAE88.4%
2Kuwait75.5%
3Qatar65.2%
...
58Malta10.6%
59Italy10.0%
60Gambia9.8%
61Dominica9.2%
62Serbia9.1%
63Ivory Coast9.0%
64Malaysia8.5%
65Portugal8.5%
World Avg9.4%
q=195.
Emigrants (2010)16
Pos.
%16
1Dominica104.8%
2Palestine68.4%
3Samoa67.3%
4Grenada65.5%
5St Kitts & Nevis61.1%
6Guyana56.9%
7Monaco56.3%
8Antigua & Barbuda47.6%
9Tonga45.4%
10Albania45.4%
11Barbados41.0%
12Suriname39.0%
World Avg11.5%
q=192.

4. Dominica's Human Rights, Equality & Tolerance

#equality #gender_equality #homosexuality #human_rights #international_law #morals #politics #prejudice #tolerance #women

Human Rights, Equality & Tolerance (2020)17,18
Pos.Lower is better
Avg Rank17,18
1Denmark9.7
2Sweden10.0
3Norway16.1
...
143San Marino114.8
144Zambia115.1
145Bahamas115.5
146Dominica115.8
147Cameroon116.1
148Qatar117.2
149St Lucia117.8
150Oman118.7
151Liberia119.1
World Avg89.8
q=199.

The best countries in the world at ensuring human rights, fostering equality and promoting tolerance, are Denmark, Sweden and Norway17. These countries are displaying the best traits that humanity has to offer. The worst countries are Tuvalu, The Solomon Islands and Palestine17.

The data sets used to calculate points for each country are statistics on commentary in Human Rights Watch reports, its nominal commitment to Human Rights, speed of uptake of HR treaties, supporting personal, civil & economic freedoms, supporting press freedom, eliminating modern slavery, opposing gender inequality, the year from which women could participate in democracy, its success in fighting anti-semitic prejudice and LGBT equality. The regions with the best average results per country are Scandinavia, Baltic States and Europe17, whereas the worst are Micronesia, Melanesia and Australasia17.

Human Rights & Tolerance:

Nominal Commitment to HR (2009)19
Pos.Higher is better
Treaties19
1Argentina24
2Chile23
3Costa Rica23
...
136Djibouti13
137Ethiopia12
138Haiti12
139Dominica12
140Central African Rep.12
141Bahrain12
142Israel12
143Angola12
World Avg15.1
q=194.
HR Treaties Lag (2019)20
Pos.Lower is better
Avg Yrs/Treaty20
1Ecuador2.15
2Uruguay2.25
3Tunisia3.65
...
111Tajikistan11.08
112Ethiopia11.13
113Slovenia11.13
114Dominica11.14
115Benin11.15
116Chad11.23
117Slovakia11.24
118Burundi11.27
World Avg10.02
q=195.

Gender Equality:

The 1950s saw a late rush of 43 countries, including Dominica and many developing nations, move to cease preventing women from voting.

See:

Year Women Can Vote
Pos.Lower is better
Year
1New Zealand1893
2Australia1902
3Finland1906
...
85Antigua & Barbuda1951
86Grenada1951
87Nepal1951
88Dominica1951
89St Kitts & Nevis1951
90St Vincent & Grenadines1951
91Bolivia1952
92Ivory Coast1952
World Avg1930
q=189.

Prejudice:

LGBT Equality (2017)21
Pos.Higher is better
Score21
1Netherlands103
2Belgium90
3Sweden86
...
123Bahrain-2
124Sierra Leone-3
125Grenada-5
126Dominica-5
127Namibia-5
128Kiribati-5
129Jamaica-5
130Cook Islands-5
World Avg12.6
q=196.

5. Dominica's Health

#alcohol #Dominica #health #life_expectancy #longevity #obesity #vaccines

Health (2020)22,18
Pos.Lower is better
Avg Rank22,18
1Hong Kong18.0
2Singapore41.5
3Maldives43.3
...
81New Zealand88.3
82Burundi88.5
83El Salvador89.1
84Dominica89.2
85St Kitts & Nevis89.3
86Algeria89.5
87Kyrgyzstan90.0
88Grenada90.5
89Trinidad & Tobago90.6
World Avg92.3
q=187.

The countries with the best overall approach to public health, in terms of both public policy and individual lifestyle choices, are Hong Kong, Singapore and The Maldives22. These countries are worth emulating. And, although often through no fault of the average citizen, the worst countries are S. Sudan, Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea22.

The data sets used to calculate points for each country are its average life expectancy, its alcohol consumption rate, its fertility rate, its smoking rate, its suicide rate, its food aid and health contributions and WHO compliance, the prevalence of overweight adults, its adolescent birth rate and its immunizations take-up. The regions with the best average results per country are Scandinavia, Asia and Europe22, whereas the worst are Africa, Micronesia and Polynesia22.

Health:

Dominica does relatively well in encouraging good health, compared to many other countries. Dominica does better than average in its immunizations take-up23 and in its average life expectancy12. And finally, it does worse than average in terms of its food aid and health contributions and WHO compliance24 and in its alcohol consumption rate25. The prevalence of overweight adults has increased by 14% during the last 40 years.
Life Expectancy (2015)12
Pos.Higher is better
Years12
1Hong Kong84.16
2Japan83.68
3Italy83.34
...
38Czechia78.78
39Qatar78.32
40Albania77.97
41Dominica77.85
42Panama77.76
43Poland77.62
44Croatia77.50
45Uruguay77.35
World Avg71.27
q=190.
Alcohol Consumption (2016)25
Pos.Lower is better
Per Capita25
1Bangladesh0.0
2Kuwait0.0
3Libya0.0
...
121Macedonia8.1
122Burkina Faso8.2
123St Vincent & Grenadines8.2
124Dominica8.2
125Thailand8.3
126Ivory Coast8.4
127Botswana8.4
128Trinidad & Tobago8.4
World Avg6.2
q=189.
Food Aid, Health Contributions & WHO Compliance (2017)24
Pos.Lower is better
Rank24
1Sweden1
2Ireland2
3Denmark3
...
108Central African Rep.108
109Benin109
110Costa Rica110
111Dominica111
112Romania112
113Peru113
114Kenya114
115Haiti115
World Avg82.0
q=163.
Overweight Adults (2016)26
Pos.Lower is better
%26
1Vietnam18.3
2India19.7
3Bangladesh20.0
...
138Lithuania59.6
139Croatia59.6
140El Salvador59.9
141Dominica60.3
142Morocco60.4
143Ireland60.6
144Dominican Rep.61.2
145Syria61.4
World Avg49.0
q=191.

Children's Health:

Infant Immunizations 2011-2015 (2015)23
Pos.Higher is better
Avg %23
1Hungary99.0
2China99.0
3Uzbekistan98.9
...
27Greece97.3
28Turkmenistan97.2
29St Vincent & Grenadines97.2
30Dominica97.1
31Kazakhstan97.1
32Albania97.1
33Andorra97.1
34Russia97.0
World Avg88.3
q=194.

6. Dominica's Modernity and Learning

#education #modernity #technology #the_internet

Modernity and Learning (2020)27
Pos.Lower is better
Avg Rank27
1Finland8.0
2Belgium9.1
3Denmark10.0
...
110Jamaica80.6
111Libya81.3
112Indonesia82.8
113Dominica83.3
114Cameroon83.3
115Ethiopia83.5
116Zimbabwe83.8
117Ghana84.1
118Nepal84.5
World Avg69.0
q=180.

Modernity and Education:

Length of Schooling (2018)28
Pos.Higher is better
Years28
1Australia22.1
2Belgium19.7
3Finland19.3
...
95Belize13.1
96Egypt13.1
97Morocco13.1
98Dominica13.0
99Trinidad & Tobago13.0
100Indonesia12.9
101Gabon12.9
102Panama12.9
World Avg13.2
q=193.
Intellectual Endeavours (2017)24
Pos.Lower is better
Rank24
1Ukraine1
2Czechia2
3Hungary3
...
48Montenegro48
49Norway49
50Fiji50
51Dominica51
52Malaysia52
53Russia53
54St Lucia54
55Turkey55
World Avg82.0
q=163.

Technology and Information:

Internet Users (2016)29
Pos.Higher is better29
1Iceland100%
2Faroe Islands99%
3Norway98%
...
63Portugal67%
64Brazil66%
65St Kitts & Nevis66%
66Dominica66%
67Italy66%
68Uruguay65%
69Antigua & Barbuda65%
70Greece65%
World Avg48.1%
q=201.
IPv6 Uptake (2017)30
Pos.Higher is better
Ratio30
1Belgium55.4
2Germany41.8
3Switzerland35.1
...
165Gabon0.0
166Lebanon0.0
167St Lucia0.0
168Dominica0.0
169Cuba0.0
170St Vincent & Grenadines0.0
171Montenegro0.0
172Libya0.0
World Avg3.82
q=176.

7. National Culture

#corruption #politics

Corruption (2012-2016)31
Pos.Higher is better
Avg Score31
1Denmark90.8
2New Zealand90.6
3Finland89.4
...
37Poland60.8
38Spain60.0
39Slovenia59.4
40Dominica58.3
41Cape Verde57.8
42Brunei57.7
43Lithuania57.4
44Malta56.6
World Avg43.05
q=176.
Creativity and Culture (2017)24
Pos.Lower is better
Rank24
1Belgium1
2Netherlands2
3Estonia3
...
70Tonga70
71Trinidad & Tobago71
72Botswana72
73Dominica73
74Antigua & Barbuda74
75Turkey75
76Kyrgyzstan76
77Togo77
World Avg82.0
q=163.
Open Trading, Aid and Development (2017)24
Pos.Lower is better
Rank24
1Ireland1
2Denmark2
3Sweden3
...
101Seychelles101
102Australia102
103Madagascar103
104Dominica104
105Iceland105
106Bolivia106
107Ghana107
108Mexico108
World Avg82.0
q=163.

8. Peace Versus Instability

Peacekeeping and Security (2017)24
Pos.Lower is better
Rank24
1Samoa1
2S. Africa2
3Tunisia3
...
134El Salvador134
135Macedonia135
136Armenia136
137Dominica137
138Cape Verde138
139St Lucia139
140Kuwait140
141Saudi Arabia141
World Avg82.0
q=163.
Refugees and UN Treaties (2017)24
Pos.Lower is better
Rank24
1Austria1
2Germany2
3Netherlands3
...
113Belize113
114Morocco114
115Iraq115
116Dominica116
117Saudi Arabia117
118Lesotho118
119Oman119
120Egypt120
World Avg82.0
q=163.

9. The Natural Environment

#biodiversity #climate_change #over-exploitation #the_environment

Forest Area Change 1990-2015 (2015)32
Pos.Higher is better
%32
1Iceland205.6
2Bahrain144.4
3Uruguay131.3
...
144Guinea-12.4
145Mozambique-12.5
146Bolivia-12.8
147Dominica-13.3
148Liberia-15.2
149Belize-15.5
150Equatorial Guinea-15.7
151Haiti-16.4
World Avg02.8
q=184.
Environmental Performance (2018)33
Pos.Higher is better33
1Switzerland87.4
2France84.0
3Denmark81.6
...
70Sri Lanka60.6
71Equatorial Guinea60.4
72Mexico59.7
73Dominica59.4
74Argentina59.3
75Malaysia59.2
76Antigua & Barbuda59.2
77UAE58.9
World Avg56.4
q=180.
Convention on Biological Diversity
Pos.Earlier is better
Signed
1China1993 Dec 29
2Guinea1993 Dec 29
3Cook Islands1993 Dec 29
...
52Namibia1997 Aug 14
53Sri Lanka1994 Jun 21
54Ethiopia1994 Jul 04
55Dominica1994 Jul 05
56Italy1994 Jul 14
57Bangladesh1994 Aug 01
58Luxembourg1994 Aug 07
59Georgia1994 Aug 31
World Avg1899 Dec 30
q=197.

10. Religion and Beliefs

#buddhism #christianity #hinduism #islam #judaism

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 below34:

Christian94.4%
Muslim0.1%
Hindu0.1%
Buddhist0.1%
Folk Religion3%
Jew0.1%
Unaffiliated0.5%

The CIA World Factbook has slightly different data, and states: Roman Catholic 61.4%, Protestant 20.6% (Seventh-Day Adventist 6%, Pentecostal 5.6%, Baptist 4.1%, Methodist 3.7%, Church of God 1.2%), Jehovah's Witnesses 1.2%, other Christian 7.7%, Rastafarian 1.3%, other or unspecified 1.6%, none 6.1% (2001 census)35.

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