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Guinea (Republic of Guinea)

By Vexen Crabtree 2013

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Guinea
Republic of Guinea
StatusIndependent State
Social and Moral Index152nd best
CapitalConakry
Land Area1 245 720 km2
LocationAfrica
Population2 10.48 million
Life Expectancy354.538yrs (2012)
GNI3$ 941
ISO3166-1 Codes4GN, GIN, 324
Internet Domain5.gn
Currency6Franc (GNF)
Telephone7+224

1. Overview

Guinea has had a history of authoritarian rule since gaining its independence from France in 1958. Lansana CONTE came to power in 1984 when the military seized the government after the death of the first president, Sekou TOURE. Guinea did not hold democratic elections until 1993 when Gen. CONTE (head of the military government) was elected president of the civilian government. He was reelected in 1998 and again in 2003, though all the polls were marred by irregularities. History repeated itself in December 2008 when following President CONTE's death, Capt. Moussa Dadis CAMARA led a military coup, seizing power and suspending the constitution. His unwillingness to yield to domestic and international pressure to step down led to heightened political tensions that culminated in September 2009 when presidential guards opened fire on an opposition rally killing more than 150 people, and in early December 2009 when CAMARA was wounded in an assassination attempt and evacuated to Morocco and subsequently to Burkina Faso. A transitional government led by Gen. Sekouba KONATE held democratic elections in 2010 and Alpha CONDE was elected president in the country's first free and fair elections since independence. CONDE in July 2011 survived an attack on his residence allegedly perpetrated by the military. In October 2012, he announced a cabinet reshuffle that removed three members of the military from their positions, making the current administration Guinea's first all-civilian government.

CIA's The World Factbook (2013)8

2. Guinea National and Social Development

UN's Human Development Index
Country2012
score
Average
1980-2010
1Norway95.587.3
2Australia93.888.9
3USA93.787.8
...
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
186Niger30.422.3
187Congo, DR30.426.9
Data Source
Social and Moral Development
CountryScore
1Sweden88.9
2Iceland87.4
3Denmark87.2
...
149Bangladesh45.7
150Nepal45.3
151Comoros44.7
152Guinea44.5
153Solomon Islands44.4
154Cameroon43.7
155Iran43.7
156Burkina Faso43.6
157Uganda43.6
158Tanzania43.5
159Angola43.1
160Congo, (Brazzaville)43.0
161Nigeria43.0
162Djibouti42.9
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 (2017).

3. Population and Life Expectancy

Life Expectancy (at birth)
1Japan83.6
2Hong Kong83
3Switzerland82.5
...
171Niger55.1
172Malawi54.8
173Uganda54.5
174Guinea54.5
175Botswana53
176S. Africa53.4
177Nigeria52.3
178Cameroon52.1
Data Source
Fertility Rate
1Korea, N.2.0
2Brunei2.0
3St Vincent & Grenadines2.0
...
160Guinea-Bissau4.9
161Yemen5.0
162Equatorial Guinea5.0
163Guinea5.1
164Liberia5.1
165Benin5.1
166Angola5.2
167Rwanda5.3
Data Source
Population (m=millions)
CountryPeoplePer km2
1China1 353.6m145
2India1 258.35m423
3USA 315.79m35
...
78Portugal 10.7m117
79S. Sudan 10.67m
80Czech Rep. 10.57m137
81Guinea 10.48m43
82Haiti 10.26m372
83Bolivia 10.25m9
84Dominican Rep. 10.18m211
Data Source

Guinea's population is predicted to rise to 15.95 million by 2030. These millions of extra people will all need space to live, food to eat, energy to consume, and will increase the burden on the planet's resources. This country has a fertility rate of 5.08.

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
...
114Comoros1956
115Malaysia1957
116Burkina Faso1958
117Guinea1958
118Nigeria1958
119Chad1958
120Hungary1958
121Laos1958

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.

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

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5. Religion and Beliefs

#buddhism #christianity #hinduism #islam #judaism

Disbelief In God
1Vietnam81%
2Japan65%
3Sweden64%
...
129Senegal0%
130Tanzania0%
131Saudi Arabia0%
132Guinea0%
133Haiti0%
134Rwanda0%
135Iraq0%
136Philippines0%
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:

Christian10.9%
Muslim84.4%
Hindu0.1%
Buddhist0.1%
Folk Religion2.7%
Jew0.1%
Unaffiliated1.8%

The CIA World Factbook has slightly different data, and states simply: Muslim 85%, Christian 8%, indigenous beliefs 7%10.

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6. The Internet

Internet Users in Population
1Iceland95.64
2Norway93.28
3Netherlands90.70
...
176Burkina Faso1.40
177Papua New Guinea1.28
178Cambodia1.26
179Guinea1.00
180Niger0.83
181Ethiopia0.75
182Congo, DR0.72
183Timor-Leste (E. Timor)0.21
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
...
75Spain64
76Sudan64
77Tajikistan64.5
78Guinea65.75
79Cameroon66
80Suriname66
81Korea, S.66.33
82Tanzania69
Global Peace Index
1Iceland1.11
2New Zealand1.24
3Denmark1.24
...
89China2.06
90Dominican Rep.2.07
91Bangladesh2.07
92Guinea2.07
93Papua New Guinea2.08
94Trinidad & Tobago2.08
95Angola2.11
96Cameroon2.11
Data Source
Average IQ
1Singapore108
2Korea, S.106
3Taiwan105
...
124Chad68
125Haiti67
126Liberia67
127Guinea67
128Gambia66
129Zimbabwe66
130Senegal66
131Cameroon64
Data Source
Human Rights Treaties
1Argentina24
2Ecuador23
3Germany23
...
76Russia17
77Turkey17
78Estonia17
79Guinea17
80Morocco17
81Turkmenistan17
82Armenia17
83Mongolia17
Data Source
Press Freedom Index
1Finland99.0
2Netherlands99.0
3Norway99.0
...
82Togo99.3
83Greece99.3
84Kosovo99.3
85Guinea99.3
86Bulgaria99.3
87Madagascar99.3
88Gabon99.3
89Timor-Leste (E. Timor)99.3
Data Source
Gross National Income
1Qatar$87 478
2Liechtenstein$84 880
3Kuwait$52 793
...
171Ethiopia$1 017
172Afghanistan$1 000
173Comoros$ 986
174Guinea$ 941
175Togo$ 928
176Mozambique$ 906
177Sierra Leone$ 881
178Mali$ 853
Data Source
Happiness
1Denmark7.8
2Netherlands7.6
3Norway7.6
...
131Egypt4.1
132Tanzania4.1
133Congo, DR4
134Guinea4
135Rwanda4
136Burkina Faso4
137Comoros3.9
138Bulgaria3.9
Data Source
Environmental Performance
1Iceland93.5
2Switzerland89.1
3Costa Rica86.4
...
132Cameroon44.6
133Indonesia44.6
134Rwanda44.6
135Guinea44.4
136Bolivia44.3
137Papua New Guinea44.3
138Bangladesh44.0
139Burundi43.9
Data Source
Gay Equality
1Netherlands405
2Belgium350
3Canada280
...
144Djibouti-20
145Bahrain-20
146Singapore-20
147Guinea-20
148Maldives-20
149Korea, N.-20
150Swaziland-30
151Lebanon-30
Data Source

Current edition: 2013 May 01
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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.

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/gv.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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