The Human Truth Foundation

Macau (Macau/Macao Special Administrative Region)

By Vexen Crabtree 2013

Macau
Macau Special Administrative Region
StatusA Special Administrative Region of China
CapitalMacau
Land Area 28km21
LocationAsia
Population
GNI
ISO3166-1 CodesMO, MAC, 4462
Internet Domain.mo3
CurrencyPataca (MOP)4
Telephone+8535

1. Overview

Colonized by the Portuguese in the 16th century, Macau was the first European settlement in the Far East. Pursuant to an agreement signed by China and Portugal on 13 April 1987, Macau became the Macau Special Administrative Region (SAR) of the People's Republic of China on 20 December 1999. In this agreement, China promised that, under its "one country, two systems" formula, China's political and economic system would not be imposed on Macau, and that Macau would enjoy a high degree of autonomy in all matters except foreign affairs and defense for the next 50 years.

CIA's The World Factbook (2013)6

Book CoverThe last outpost of the Portuguese empire, Macau still has a tangible Mediterranean feel. Nevertheless, Chinese culture shines through in this city state located at the mouth of the Pearl River. The Chinese people have stood up and they´re off to Macau. Chairman Mao (who coined the first half of that sentence) must be spinning in his glass coffin. Mainlanders can´t get enough of this once Portuguese-administered backwater-turned-gambling-megaresort.

Such has been its explosive growth since 2002 that it is commonplace to refer to Macau as the Vegas of the East. It might be more appropriate to put that the other way round, since Macau has eclipsed its American rival in gambling income.

And there are many other things that Macau does better. Beyond the gaming halls, it offers cobblestoned streets punctuated with Chinese temples and baroque churches, pockets of (natural) greenery, a historic centre of Unesco World Heritage status and balmy beaches.

Macau´s history has also created a one-of-a-kind cuisine that celebrates the marriage of European, Latin American, African and Asian flavours.

"The World" by Lonely Planet (2014)7

As a territory of China I do not have many specific statistics for this territory in its own right.

2. Macau's Human Rights, Equality & Tolerance

#homosexuality

Prejudice:

LGBT Equality (2017)8
Pos.Higher is better
Score8
1Netherlands103
2Belgium90
3Sweden86
4Brazil81
5Spain79
6France78
7S. Africa78
8Uruguay77
9Norway72
10Denmark72
11Iceland72
12UK72
World Avg12.6
q=196.

3. Macau's Modernity and Learning

#education #english #maths #modernity #research #science #technology #the_internet

Modernity and Learning (2020)9
Pos.Lower is better
Avg Rank9
1Finland8.0
2Belgium9.1
3Denmark10.0
...
50Cyprus47.1
51Barbados48.0
52Bosnia & Herzegovina48.1
53Macau50.8
54Mexico50.9
55Saudi Arabia52.2
56Macedonia53.1
57UAE53.8
58Andorra53.8
World Avg69.0
q=180.

Modernity and Education:

Research and Development (2016)
Pos.Higher is better
% RDP PPP
1S. Korea4.2910
2Israel4.1110
3Japan3.5810
...
115Algeria0.0711
116Cape Verde0.0712
117Trinidad & Tobago0.0513
118Macau0.0514
119Honduras0.0415
120Guatemala0.0413
121Bahrain0.0414
122Colombia0.0414
World Avg0.84
q=126.
Maths, Science & Reading (2015)16
Pos.Higher is better
Score16
1Singapore1655
2Hong Kong1598
3Japan1586
4Macau1582
5Estonia1573
6Taiwan1571
7Canada1571
8Finland1568
9S. Korea1557
10China154317
11Ireland1528
12Slovenia1528
World Avg1389
q=70.

Technology and Information:

Internet Users (2016)18
Pos.Higher is better18
1Iceland100%
2Faroe Islands99%
3Norway98%
...
45Croatia74%
46Hong Kong74%
47Cayman Islands74%
48Macau73%
49Israel73%
50Guam73%
51Poland72%
52Brunei72%
World Avg48.1%
q=201.
IPv6 Uptake (2017)19
Pos.Higher is better
Ratio19
1Belgium55.4
2Germany41.8
3Switzerland35.1
...
31Vietnam5.9
32Slovenia5.4
33Bolivia5.0
34Macau4.2
35Singapore4.0
36Sweden3.8
37Poland3.6
38Thailand3.3
World Avg3.82
q=176.

4. 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 below20:

Christian7.2%
Muslim0.2%
Hindu0.1%
Buddhist17.3%
Folk Religion58.9%
Jew0.1%
Unaffiliated15.4%

The CIA World Factbook has slightly different data, and states: Buddhist 50%, Roman Catholic 15%, none or other 35% (1997 est.)21.

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