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Dominican Republic

By Vexen Crabtree 2013

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Dominican Republic
StatusIndependent State
Social and Moral Index74th best
CapitalSanto Domingo
Land Area1 48 320 km2
LocationNorth America, The Americas, Caribbean
GroupingsSmall Islands
Population2 10.18 million
Life Expectancy373.631yrs (2012)
GNI3$8 506
ISO3166-1 Codes4DO, DOM, 214
Internet Domain5.do
Currency6Peso (DOP)
Telephone7+

1. Overview

The Taino - indigenous inhabitants of Hispaniola prior to the arrival of the Europeans - divided the island into five chiefdoms and territories. Christopher COLUMBUS explored and claimed the island on his first voyage in 1492; it became a springboard for Spanish conquest of the Caribbean and the American mainland. In 1697, Spain recognized French dominion over the western third of the island, which in 1804 became Haiti. The remainder of the island, by then known as Santo Domingo, sought to gain its own independence in 1821 but was conquered and ruled by the Haitians for 22 years; it finally attained independence as the Dominican Republic in 1844. In 1861, the Dominicans voluntarily returned to the Spanish Empire, but two years later they launched a war that restored independence in 1865. A legacy of unsettled, mostly non-representative rule followed, capped by the dictatorship of Rafael Leonidas TRUJILLO from 1930 to 1961. Juan BOSCH was elected president in 1962 but was deposed in a military coup in 1963. In 1965, the United States led an intervention in the midst of a civil war sparked by an uprising to restore BOSCH. In 1966, Joaquin BALAGUER defeated BOSCH in an election to become president. BALAGUER maintained a tight grip on power for most of the next 30 years when international reaction to flawed elections forced him to curtail his term in 1996. Since then, regular competitive elections have been held in which opposition candidates have won the presidency. Former President Leonel FERNANDEZ Reyna (first term 1996-2000) won election to a new term in 2004 following a constitutional amendment allowing presidents to serve more than one term, and was since reelected to a second consecutive term.

CIA's The World Factbook (2013)8

2. Dominican Republic National and Social Development

UN's Human Development Index
Country2012
score
Average
1980-2010
1Norway95.587.3
2Australia93.888.9
3USA93.787.8
...
94Tunisia71.258.0
95Tonga71.067.7
96Samoa70.267.1
97Dominican Rep.70.260.9
98Fiji70.263.6
99Belize70.265.9
100Jordan70.061.9
101China69.954.1
102Turkmenistan69.868.1
103Thailand69.058.9
104Maldives68.861.7
105Suriname68.467.7
106Gabon68.360.4
Data Source
Social and Moral Development
CountryScore
1Sweden88.9
2Iceland87.4
3Denmark87.2
...
71Belize60.7
72Mexico60.4
73Ukraine60.2
74Dominican Rep.59.9
75Nicaragua59.5
76Mongolia59.5
77Peru59.1
78Belarus58.9
79Kyrgyzstan58.8
80Philippines58.6
81Bosnia & Herzegovina58.1
82Guyana57.9
83Georgia57.2
84S. Africa57.2
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
...
85Brazil73.8
86China73.7
87Jordan73.5
88Dominican Rep.73.6
89Mauritius73.5
90Bulgaria73.6
91Latvia73.6
92Egypt73.5
Data Source
Fertility Rate
1Korea, N.2.0
2Brunei2.0
3St Vincent & Grenadines2.0
...
79Czech Rep.1.5
80Spain1.5
81Croatia1.5
82Dominican Rep.2.5
83Lithuania1.5
84Kazakhstan2.5
85Ukraine1.5
86Nicaragua2.5
Data Source
Population (m=millions)
CountryPeoplePer km2
1China1 353.6m145
2India1 258.35m423
3USA 315.79m35
...
81Guinea 10.48m43
82Haiti 10.26m372
83Bolivia 10.25m9
84Dominican Rep. 10.18m211
85Hungary9.95m110
86Serbia9.847m113
87Somalia9.797m16
Data Source

The Dominican Republic's population is predicted to rise to 12.06 million by 2030. This country has a fertility rate of 2.51.

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
...
43Myanmar (Burma)1935
44Philippines1937
45Uzbekistan1938
46Dominican Rep.1942
47Bermuda1944
48France1944
49Jamaica1944
50Bulgaria1944
Gender Equality
1Netherlands0.04
2Sweden0.05
3Denmark0.06
...
106Indonesia0.49
107Iran0.50
108Panama0.50
109Dominican Rep.0.51
110Uganda0.52
111Bangladesh0.52
112Swaziland0.53
113Lesotho0.53
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.

Dominican Republic 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%
...
42Trinidad & Tobago9%
43Albania8%
44Cambodia7%
45Dominican Rep.7%
46Kyrgyzstan7%
47Croatia7%
48Italy6%
49Moldova6%
Data Source
How Many Are Religious?
1Estonia16%
2Sweden17%
3Denmark19%
...
59Tajikistan85%
60S. Africa85%
61Malta86%
62Dominican Rep.87%
63Lebanon87%
64Brazil87%
65Ivory Coast88%
66Panama88%
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:

Christian88%
Muslim0.1%
Hindu0.1%
Buddhist0.1%
Folk Religion0.9%
Jew0.1%
Unaffiliated10.9%

The CIA World Factbook has slightly different data, and states simply: Roman Catholic 95%, other 5%10.

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6. The Internet

Internet Users in Population
1Iceland95.64
2Norway93.28
3Netherlands90.70
...
71St Lucia40.06
72Romania40.02
73Turkey39.82
74Dominican Rep.39.53
75Jordan38.88
76Kuwait38.26
77Tunisia36.56
78Colombia36.50
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
...
37Turkmenistan33.75
38Philippines34.75
39Nigeria35
40Dominican Rep.35.75
41Northern Cyprus37
42Mongolia38
43Slovenia38.75
44Costa Rica38.75
Economic Freedom
1Hong Kong9.0
2Singapore8.8
3New Zealand8.4
...
57Portugal7.2
58Czech Rep.7.2
59Latvia7.2
60Dominican Rep.7.1
61Cambodia7.1
62Philippines7.1
63Fiji7.1
64Saudi Arabia7.1
Data Source
Global Peace Index
1Iceland1.11
2New Zealand1.24
3Denmark1.24
...
87Equatorial Guinea2.04
88USA2.06
89China2.06
90Dominican Rep.2.07
91Bangladesh2.07
92Guinea2.07
93Papua New Guinea2.08
94Trinidad & Tobago2.08
Data Source
Average IQ
1Singapore108
2Korea, S.106
3Taiwan105
...
89Libya83
90Madagascar82
91Bangladesh82
92Dominican Rep.82
93India82
94Lebanon82
95Egypt81
96Nicaragua81
Data Source
Human Rights Treaties
1Argentina24
2Ecuador23
3Germany23
...
109Tanzania15
110Liberia15
111Libya15
112Dominican Rep.14
113China14
114Syria14
115Botswana14
116Madagascar14
Data Source
Press Freedom Index
1Finland99.0
2Netherlands99.0
3Norway99.0
...
76Kuwait99.3
77Nicaragua99.3
78Benin99.3
79Dominican Rep.99.3
80Lesotho99.3
81Bhutan99.3
82Togo99.3
83Greece99.3
Data Source
Gross National Income
1Qatar$87 478
2Liechtenstein$84 880
3Kuwait$52 793
...
83Peru$9 306
84Grenada$9 257
85Colombia$8 711
86Dominican Rep.$8 506
87Azerbaijan$8 153
88Tunisia$8 103
89St Lucia$7 971
90China$7 945
Data Source
Happiness
1Denmark7.8
2Netherlands7.6
3Norway7.6
...
103S. Africa4.7
104Bosnia & Herzegovina4.7
105Azerbaijan4.7
106Dominican Rep.4.7
107Tunisia4.7
108India4.6
109Congo, (Brazzaville)4.5
110Serbia4.5
Data Source
Environmental Performance
1Iceland93.5
2Switzerland89.1
3Costa Rica86.4
...
32Hungary69.1
33El Salvador69.1
34Croatia68.7
35Dominican Rep.68.4
36Lithuania68.3
37Nepal68.2
38Suriname68.2
39Bhutan68.0
Data Source
Gay Equality
1Netherlands405
2Belgium350
3Canada280
...
80Cape Verde20
81Central African Rep.20
82Macedonia20
83Dominican Rep.20
84Korea, S.20
85San Marino20
86Panama20
87Timor-Leste (E. Timor)20
Data Source

Current edition: 2013 May 01
http://www.humantruth.info/dominican_republic.html
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References: (What's this?)

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.

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.

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/dr.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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