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Lithuania (Republic of Lithuania)

By Vexen Crabtree 2013

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Lithuania
Republic of Lithuania
StatusIndependent State
Social and Moral Index33rd best
CapitalVilnius
Land Area1 62 674 km2
LocationEurope, Baltic States
Population23.292 million
Life Expectancy372.534yrs (2012)
GNI3$16 858
ISO3166-1 Codes4LT, LTU, 440
Internet Domain5.lt
Currency6Litas (LTL)
Telephone7+370

1. Overview

Lithuanian lands were united under MINDAUGAS in 1236; over the next century, through alliances and conquest, Lithuania extended its territory to include most of present-day Belarus and Ukraine. By the end of the 14th century Lithuania was the largest state in Europe. An alliance with Poland in 1386 led the two countries into a union through the person of a common ruler. In 1569, Lithuania and Poland formally united into a single dual state, the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. This entity survived until 1795 when its remnants were partitioned by surrounding countries. Lithuania regained its independence following World War I but was annexed by the USSR in 1940 - an action never recognized by the US and many other countries. On 11 March 1990, Lithuania became the first of the Soviet republics to declare its independence, but Moscow did not recognize this proclamation until September of 1991 (following the abortive coup in Moscow). The last Russian troops withdrew in 1993. Lithuania subsequently restructured its economy for integration into Western European institutions; it joined both NATO and the EU in the spring of 2004.

CIA's The World Factbook (2013)8

2. Lithuania National and Social Development

UN's Human Development Index
Country2012
score
Average
1980-2010
1Norway95.587.3
2Australia93.888.9
3USA93.787.8
...
39Poland82.179.0
40Chile81.972.0
41UAE81.872.9
42Lithuania81.877.7
43Portugal81.673.3
44Latvia81.474.2
45Argentina81.172.7
46Seychelles80.676.8
47Croatia80.577.1
48Bahrain79.673.8
49Bahamas79.476.1
50Belarus79.375.1
51Uruguay79.271.5
Data Source
Social and Moral Development
CountryScore
1Sweden89.9
2Iceland88.7
3Denmark88.3
...
30Slovakia72.1
31Italy71.3
32USA71.0
33Lithuania70.5
34Latvia70.3
35Antigua & Barbuda69.9
36Costa Rica69.2
37Singapore69.1
38Israel68.5
39Seychelles68.4
40Malta68.4
41Uruguay68.2
42St Kitts & Nevis68.1
43Bahamas68.1
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
...
103Samoa72.7
104Tonga72.5
105St Vincent & Grenadines72.5
106Lithuania72.5
107El Salvador72.4
108Morocco72.4
109Marshall Islands72.3
110Palau72.1
Data Source
Fertility Rate
1Korea, N.2.0
2Brunei2.0
3St Vincent & Grenadines2.0
...
80Spain1.5
81Croatia1.5
82Dominican Rep.2.5
83Lithuania1.5
84Kazakhstan2.5
85Ukraine1.5
86Nicaragua2.5
87Belarus1.5
Data Source
Population (m=millions)
CountryPeoplePer km2
1China1 353.6m145
2India1 258.35m423
3USA 315.79m35
...
130Mauritania3.623m4
131Moldova3.519m107
132Uruguay3.391m19
133Lithuania3.292m53
134Albania3.227m118
135Armenia3.109m109
136Oman2.904m9
Data Source

Lithuania's population is predicted to fall to 3 068 000 by 2030, decreasing the burden on the planet's resources. 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. This country has a fertility rate of 1.49.

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
...
21Albania1920
22USA1920
23Azerbaijan1921
24Lithuania1921
25Sweden1921
26Georgia1921
27Armenia1921
28Ireland1922
Gender Equality
1Netherlands0.04
2Sweden0.05
3Denmark0.06
...
25Israel0.14
26Luxembourg0.15
27Korea, S.0.15
28Lithuania0.16
29Estonia0.16
30Macedonia0.16
31New Zealand0.16
32Slovakia0.17
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.

Lithuania is on the way towards ending gender inequality.

See:

5. Religion and Beliefs

#buddhism #christianity #hinduism #islam #judaism

Disbelief In God
1Vietnam81%
2Japan65%
3Sweden64%
...
33Israel15%
34Spain15%
35Armenia14%
36Lithuania13%
37Singapore13%
38Kazakhstan12%
39Uruguay12%
40China12%
Data Source
How Many Are Religious?
1Estonia16%
2Sweden17%
3Denmark19%
...
15Germany40%
16Switzerland41%
17Uruguay41%
18Lithuania42%
19Canada42%
20Kazakhstan43%
21Korea, S.43%
22Ukraine46%
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:

Christian89.8%
Muslim0.1%
Hindu0.1%
Buddhist0.1%
Folk Religion0.1%
Jew0.1%
Unaffiliated10%

By adding up the Pew Forum data for the major monotheistic religions we can see that these make up 90% of the population. Yet there are simply too many who disbelieve in God for this to be true (13%). This is due to the so-called 'Census Effect', whereby many put down a religion for cultural reasons rather than because it reflects their beliefs. In highly Christian countries, as many as half of those who say they're a Christian lack any connection to a Church, and do not hold Christian beliefs (such as believing in God!).

It appears that when asked "What religion are you" many give pollsters the 'correct' answer despite how they actually feel, and despite what they actually believe. Although 90.3% of the populace say they belong to a religion, only 42% say that they are religious when the question is phrased as "Is religion an important part of your daily life?".

For more on this phenomenon, see:

The CIA World Factbook has slightly different data, and states: Roman Catholic 79%, Russian Orthodox 4.1%, Protestant (including Lutheran and Evangelical Christian Baptist) 1.9%, other or unspecified 5.5%, none 9.5% (2001 census)10.

Links:

6. The Internet

Internet Users in Population
1Iceland95.64
2Norway93.28
3Netherlands90.70
...
36Israel65.39
37Hungary65.16
38Malta63.08
39Lithuania62.81
40Poland62.47
41Oman61.99
42Croatia60.12
43Malaysia56.30
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.

Links:

7. More Charts and Comparisons to Other Countries

Anti-Semite Opinions11
Country%11
1Laos0
2Philippines3
3Sweden4
...
59Cameroon35
60Paraguay35
61Kenya35
62Lithuania36
63Guatemala36
64France37
65Chile37
66Azerbaijan37
Personal Charitability
(World Position, 2013-2016)
12
CountryValue12
1Myanmar (Burma)1.25
2USA1.5
3New Zealand3.5
...
145Rwanda122.75
146Serbia125
147Russia126
148Lithuania126.25
149Armenia126.25
150Congo, DR126.5
151Turkey128
152Greece133
Personal, Civil and Economic Freedom13
CountryRank13
1Hong Kong1
2Switzerland2
3New Zealand3
...
17Belgium17
18Czech Rep.18
19Portugal19
20Lithuania20
21Estonia21
22Poland21
23USA23
24Latvia24
Global Peace Index
1Iceland1.11
2New Zealand1.24
3Denmark1.24
...
40France1.71
41Estonia1.72
42Korea, S.1.73
43Lithuania1.74
44Argentina1.76
45Latvia1.77
46UAE1.78
47Kuwait1.79
Data Source
Average IQ
1Singapore108
2Korea, S.106
3Taiwan105
...
48Greece92
49Cambodia91
50Thailand91
51Lithuania91
52Brunei91
53Chile90
54Croatia90
55Kyrgyzstan90
Data Source
Human Rights Treaties
1Argentina24
2Ecuador23
3Germany23
...
63Venezuela19
64UK19
65Canada19
66Lithuania18
67Tunisia18
68Philippines18
69Malta18
70El Salvador18
Data Source
Press Freedom Index
1Finland99.0
2Netherlands99.0
3Norway99.0
...
30Ghana99.1
31Suriname99.2
32USA99.2
33Lithuania99.2
34Slovenia99.2
35Spain99.2
36France99.2
37El Salvador99.2
Data Source
R & D Spending
Country% RDP PPP
1Korea, S.4.2914
2Israel4.1114
3Japan3.5814
...
32Brazil1.1515
33Malaysia1.1315
34Turkey1.0114
35Lithuania0.9516
36Poland0.9414
37Slovakia0.8914
38Malta0.8916
39Greece0.8414
Gross National Income
1Qatar$87 478
2Liechtenstein$84 880
3Kuwait$52 793
...
46Poland$17 776
47Estonia$17 402
48Barbados$17 308
49Lithuania$16 858
50Hungary$16 088
51Croatia$15 419
52Argentina$15 347
53Chile$14 987
Data Source
Happiness
1Denmark7.8
2Netherlands7.6
3Norway7.6
...
66Estonia5.5
67Hong Kong5.5
68Mauritius5.5
69Lithuania5.4
70Russia5.4
71Greece5.4
72Pakistan5.3
73Albania5.3
Data Source
Environmental Performance
1Iceland93.5
2Switzerland89.1
3Costa Rica86.4
...
33El Salvador69.1
34Croatia68.7
35Dominican Rep.68.4
36Lithuania68.3
37Nepal68.2
38Suriname68.2
39Bhutan68.0
40Luxembourg67.8
Data Source
Gay Equality
1Netherlands405
2Belgium350
3Canada280
...
52Jersey35
53Australia32
54Cuba30
55Lithuania30
56Chile30
57Nepal30
58Albania30
59Serbia30
Data Source

Current edition: 2013 May 01
http://www.humantruth.info/lithuania.html
Parent page: The Human Truth Foundation

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References: (What's this?)

Anti-Defamation League. (ADL)
(2014) ADL Global 100, Executive Summary. Accessed on global100.adl.org on 2017 Jan 02. The numbers given are of those who state that racist stereotyped statements about Jews are true; they have to agree to 6 or more of the 11 statements to be counted. An example statements is "Jews are hated because of the way they behave". The data was collected from 53,100 interviews across 101 countries plus the West Bank and Gaza. The global average is 26%.

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 28.

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.

OECD
(2016) Research and development (R&D) - Gross domestic spending on R&D. Data from data.oecd.org. Accessed 2016 Sep 28.

The Fraser Institute
(2016) The Human Freedom Index. Published by The Cato Institute, The Fraser Institute and the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom. Covers data up to 2014. On www.fraserinstitute.org/.../human-freedom-index-2016..

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/lh.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. ADL (2014) . Lower is better.^
  12. Charities Aid Foundation . Average ranking across years 2013-2016. Lower is better.^
  13. Fraser Institute, the (2016) . Covers data for 2014.^
  14. OECD (2016) data for year 2014.^
  15. World Bank data for year 2012.^
  16. World Bank data for year 2013.^

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