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Guinea-Bissau (Republic of Guinea-Bissau)

By Vexen Crabtree 2013

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Guinea-Bissau
Republic of Guinea-Bissau
StatusIndependent State
Social and Moral Index180th best
CapitalBissau
Land Area1 28 120 km2
LocationAfrica
Population21.58 million
Life Expectancy348.555yrs (2012)
GNI3$1 042
ISO3166-1 Codes4GW, GNB, 624
Internet Domain5.gw
Currency6Franc (XOF)
Telephone7+245

1. Overview

Since independence from Portugal in 1974, Guinea-Bissau has experienced considerable political and military upheaval. In 1980, a military coup established authoritarian dictator Joao Bernardo 'Nino' VIEIRA as president. Despite setting a path to a market economy and multiparty system, VIEIRA's regime was characterized by the suppression of political opposition and the purging of political rivals. Several coup attempts through the 1980s and early 1990s failed to unseat him. In 1994 VIEIRA was elected president in the country's first free elections. A military mutiny and resulting civil war in 1998 eventually led to VIEIRA's ouster in May 1999. In February 2000, a transitional government turned over power to opposition leader Kumba YALA after he was elected president in transparent polling. In September 2003, after only three years in office, YALA was overthrown in a bloodless military coup, and businessman Henrique ROSA was sworn in as interim president. In 2005, former President VIEIRA was re-elected president pledging to pursue economic development and national reconciliation; he was assassinated in March 2009. Malam Bacai SANHA was elected in an emergency election held in June 2009, but he passed away in January 2012 from an existing illness. A military coup in April 2012 prevented Guinea-Bissau's second-round presidential election - to determine SANHA's successor - from taking place.

CIA's The World Factbook (2013)8

2. Guinea-Bissau National and Social Development

UN's Human Development Index
Country2012
score
Average
1980-2010
1Norway95.587.3
2Australia93.888.9
3USA93.787.8
...
173Ethiopia39.631.6
174Liberia38.832.2
175Afghanistan37.426.7
176Guinea-Bissau36.435.1
177Sierra Leone35.926.9
178Guinea35.534.2
179Burundi35.525.2
180Central African Rep.35.230.9
181Eritrea35.134.5
182Mali34.425.2
183Burkina Faso34.332.9
184Chad34.030.6
185Mozambique32.725.4
Data Source
Social and Moral Development
CountryScore
1Sweden88.9
2Iceland87.4
3Denmark87.2
...
177Ethiopia38.2
178Burundi38.2
179Pakistan38.1
180Guinea-Bissau37.5
181Mali35.9
182Niger35.4
183Central African Rep.35.0
184Chad34.2
185Iraq33.7
186Mauritania33.6
187Yemen31.7
188Congo, DR30.0
189Sudan29.7
190Somalia29.7
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
...
187Zambia49.4
188Swaziland48.9
189Afghanistan49.1
190Central African Rep.49.1
191Congo, DR48.7
192Lesotho48.7
193Guinea-Bissau48.6
194Sierra Leone48.1
Data Source
Fertility Rate
1Korea, N.2.0
2Brunei2.0
3St Vincent & Grenadines2.0
...
157Mozambique4.8
158Comoros4.8
159Sierra Leone4.8
160Guinea-Bissau4.9
161Yemen5.0
162Equatorial Guinea5.0
163Guinea5.1
164Liberia5.1
Data Source
Population (m=millions)
CountryPeoplePer km2
1China1 353.6m145
2India1 258.35m423
3USA 315.79m35
...
145Slovenia2.04m101
146Qatar1.939m167
147Gambia1.825m180
148Guinea-Bissau1.58m56
149Gabon1.564m6
150Bahrain1.359m1789
151Trinidad & Tobago1.351m263
Data Source

Guinea-Bissau's population is predicted to rise to 2.263 million by 2030. This country has a fertility rate of 4.92.

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
...
168Angola1975
169Mozambique1975
170Portugal1976
171Guinea-Bissau1977
172Zimbabwe1978
173Micronesia1979
174Marshall Islands1979
175Palau1979

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.

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5. 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 below9:

Christian19.7%
Muslim45.1%
Hindu0.1%
Buddhist0.1%
Folk Religion30.9%
Jew0.1%
Unaffiliated4.3%

The CIA World Factbook has slightly different data, and states simply: Muslim 50%, indigenous beliefs 40%, Christian 10%10.

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6. The Internet

IT Security Risks
271USA3.68
270Russia2.42
269India2.10
...
221Zambia0.76
220Moldova0.71
219Uzbekistan0.69
218Guinea-Bissau0.67
217Chile0.66
216Qatar0.65
215Libya0.63
214Australia0.63
Data Source
Internet Users in Population
1Iceland95.64
2Norway93.28
3Netherlands90.70
...
166Mali2.70
167Ivory Coast2.60
168Iraq2.47
169Guinea-Bissau2.45
170Central African Rep.2.30
171Malawi2.26
172Turkmenistan2.20
173Burundi2.10
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
...
135Central African Rep.5.3
136Algeria5.3
137Chad5.3
138Guinea-Bissau5.2
139Angola5.1
140Congo, DR5.0
141Congo, (Brazzaville)4.7
142Myanmar (Burma)4.3
Data Source
Human Rights Treaties
1Argentina24
2Ecuador23
3Germany23
...
169Samoa9
170St Kitts & Nevis9
171Comoros9
172Guinea-Bissau8
173USA8
174Somalia8
175Eritrea8
176Sao Tome & Principe7
Data Source
Press Freedom Index
1Finland99.0
2Netherlands99.0
3Norway99.0
...
88Gabon99.3
89Timor-Leste (E. Timor)99.3
90Paraguay99.3
91Guinea-Bissau99.3
92Seychelles99.3
93Northern Cyprus99.3
94Guatemala99.3
95Ivory Coast99.3
Data Source
Gross National Income
1Qatar$87 478
2Liechtenstein$84 880
3Kuwait$52 793
...
167Rwanda$1 147
168Nepal$1 137
169Haiti$1 070
170Guinea-Bissau$1 042
171Ethiopia$1 017
172Afghanistan$1 000
173Comoros$ 986
174Guinea$ 941
Data Source
Environmental Performance
1Iceland93.5
2Switzerland89.1
3Costa Rica86.4
...
128Sudan47.1
129Zambia47.0
130Oman45.9
131Guinea-Bissau44.7
132Cameroon44.6
133Indonesia44.6
134Rwanda44.6
135Guinea44.4
Data Source
Gay Equality
1Netherlands405
2Belgium350
3Canada280
...
138Liberia-10
139Niger-10
140Tajikistan-10
141Guinea-Bissau-15
142Egypt-20
143Burundi-20
144Djibouti-20
145Bahrain-20
Data Source

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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
(2017) "What is the Best Country in the World? An Index of Morality, Conscience and Good Life" (2017). Accessed 2017 Feb 20.

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/pu.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.^

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