The Human Truth Foundation

Marshall Islands (Republic of the Marshall Islands)

By Vexen Crabtree 2013

Marshall Islands
Republic of the Marshall Islands
StatusIndependent State
Social and Moral Index170th best
CapitalMajuro
Land Area 180km21
LocationAustralasia, Micronesia
GroupingsSmall Islands
Population58 4132
Life Expectancy
GNI$4 412 (2017)3
ISO3166-1 CodesMH, MHL, 5844
Internet Domain.mh5
CurrencyDollar (USD)6
Telephone+6927

1. Overview

#USA

After almost four decades under US administration as the easternmost part of the UN Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, the Marshall Islands attained independence in 1986 under a Compact of Free Association. Compensation claims continue as a result of US nuclear testing on some of the atolls between 1947 and 1962. The Marshall Islands hosts the US Army Kwajalein Atoll (USAKA) Reagan Missile Test Site, a key installation in the US missile defense network.

CIA's The World Factbook (2013)8

Book CoverThis expanse of slender, flat coral atolls is so surrounded by tropical sea that anywhere at any time you can see, hear, smell and feel salt air and water. A thousand or so coral islands make up the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI). Living on these narrow strips of land between ocean and lagoon, the Marshallese are expert fishers and navigators, having long been reliant on the sea.

Local faces reflect the islands´ history. In the late 1700s, after 2000 years of isolation, these Micronesian islands were variously visited, settled, colonised or occupied by British, Russians, Germans, Japanese and Americans (at first by missionaries, later by defence forces). Today the more developed atolls have a sense of all these influences, with well-stocked stores carrying international groceries, restaurants serving the food of several nations, and basketball courts on many street corners. On the quieter backstreets the Marshallese continue to live in family compounds, surrounded by flowers.

The RMI´s charm lies in its outer islands, which still retain the pristine feel of a Pacific paradise.

"The World" by Lonely Planet (2014)9

2. Marshall Islands National and Social Development

#economics #human_development

Gross National Income Per-Capita (2011)10
Pos.Higher is better
PPP $10
1Qatar$129 916
2Singapore$78 162
3Kuwait$76 075
...
139Myanmar (Burma)$4 943
140Nicaragua$4 747
141Honduras$4 466
142Marshall Islands$4 412
143Sudan$3 846
144Ghana$3 839
145Mauritania$3 527
146Zambia$3 464
World Avg$17 240
q=193.
Social & Moral
Development Index
11,12
Pos.Lower is better
Avg Rank11,12
1Taiwan30.2
2Denmark30.5
3Norway30.9
...
167Zimbabwe117.1
168N. Korea117.1
169Niger117.1
170Marshall Islands117.1
171Syria117.2
172Swaziland117.6
173Sudan118.2
174Comoros119.3
World Avg86.4
q=195.

The Social and Moral Development Index concentrates on moral issues and human rights, violence, public health, equality, tolerance, freedom and effectiveness in climate change mitigation and environmentalism, and on some technological issues. 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: Which are the Best Countries in the World? The Social and Moral Development Index.

3. Marshall Islands's Demographics

#immigration #migration #population

Population:

The Marshall Islands's population is predicted to rise to 67 344 by 2030.

Population (2018)2
Pos.
Population2
1China1.4b
2India1.4b
3USA327.1m
...
185Antigua & Barbuda96 286
186Andorra77 006
187Dominica71 625
188Marshall Islands58 413
189St Kitts & Nevis52 441
190Monaco38 682
191Liechtenstein37 910
192San Marino33 785
World Avg39.0m
q=195.

Migration:

Immigrants (2017)13
Pos.
%13
1UAE88.4%
2Kuwait75.5%
3Qatar65.2%
...
76Bhutan6.5%
77Macedonia6.3%
78Finland6.2%
79Marshall Islands6.2%
80Turkey6.0%
81Syria5.5%
82Thailand5.2%
83Hungary5.2%
World Avg9.4%
q=195.
Emigrants (2010)14
Pos.
%14
1Dominica104.8%
2Palestine68.4%
3Samoa67.3%
...
34Croatia17.1%
35Liechtenstein17.1%
36Cyprus17.0%
37Marshall Islands16.6%
38Ireland16.1%
39Belize16.1%
40Azerbaijan16.0%
41Bulgaria16.0%
World Avg11.5%
q=192.

4. Marshall Islands's Human Rights, Equality & Tolerance

#equality #gender_equality #homosexuality #human_rights #international_law #morals #politics #prejudice #tolerance #women

Human Rights, Equality & Tolerance (2020)15,16
Pos.Lower is better
Avg Rank15,16
1Denmark9.7
2Sweden10.0
3Norway16.1
...
191Nauru153.3
192Micronesia157.0
193Somalia157.9
194Palau159.8
195Marshall Islands160.0
196Kiribati164.8
197Palestine170.0
198Solomon Islands175.3
199Tuvalu176.5
World Avg89.8
q=199.

The best countries in the world at ensuring human rights, fostering equality and promoting tolerance, are Denmark, Sweden and Norway15. These countries are displaying the best traits that humanity has to offer. The worst countries are Tuvalu, The Solomon Islands and Palestine15.

The data sets used to calculate points for each country are statistics on commentary in Human Rights Watch reports, its nominal commitment to Human Rights, speed of uptake of HR treaties, supporting personal, civil & economic freedoms, supporting press freedom, eliminating modern slavery, opposing gender inequality, the year from which women could participate in democracy, its success in fighting anti-semitic prejudice and LGBT equality. The regions with the best average results per country are Scandinavia, Baltic States and Europe15, whereas the worst are Micronesia, Melanesia and Australasia15.

Human Rights & Tolerance:

Nominal Commitment to HR (2009)17
Pos.Higher is better
Treaties17
1Argentina24
2Chile23
3Costa Rica23
...
186Micronesia5
187Singapore5
188Nauru5
189Marshall Islands4
190Myanmar (Burma)4
191Palau4
192Malaysia4
193Bhutan3
World Avg15.1
q=194.
HR Treaties Lag (2019)18
Pos.Lower is better
Avg Yrs/Treaty18
1Ecuador2.15
2Uruguay2.25
3Tunisia3.65
...
188Kiribati15.80
189Solomon Islands15.81
190Nauru16.16
191Sao Tome & Principe16.17
192Tuvalu16.33
193Palau16.34
194Marshall Islands16.34
195Palestine17.21
World Avg10.02
q=195.

Gender Equality:

See:

Year Women Can Vote
Pos.Lower is better
Year
1New Zealand1893
2Australia1902
3Finland1906
...
170Portugal1976
171Guinea-Bissau1977
172Zimbabwe1978
173Marshall Islands1979
174Palau1979
175Micronesia1979
176Iraq1980
177Vanuatu1980
World Avg1930
q=189.

Prejudice:

LGBT Equality (2017)19
Pos.Higher is better
Score19
1Netherlands103
2Belgium90
3Sweden86
...
85Sao Tome & Principe20
86Palau20
87Nauru20
88Marshall Islands20
89Guinea-Bissau20
90Micronesia20
91Armenia20
92Mozambique17
World Avg12.6
q=196.

5. Marshall Islands's Health

#health #obesity #vaccines

Health:

The Marshall Islands is amongst the unhealthiest places in the world, causing serious issues for most of its citizens. The Marshall Islands does worse than average for its immunizations take-up20. And finally, it sits amongst the bottom 20 for its food aid and health contributions and WHO compliance21 (one of the highest in Australasia). The number of overweight adults has increased by 14% between 1976 and 2016.
Food Aid, Health Contributions & WHO Compliance (2017)21
Pos.Lower is better
Rank21
1Sweden1
2Ireland2
3Denmark3
...
141Rwanda141
142Mali142
143Niger143
144Marshall Islands144
145Botswana145
146Samoa146
147Jamaica147
148Togo148
World Avg82.0
q=163.
Overweight Adults (2016)22
Pos.Lower is better
%22
1Vietnam18.3
2India19.7
3Bangladesh20.0
...
184Tonga78.5
185Kiribati78.7
186Niue80.0
187Tuvalu81.9
188Marshall Islands83.5
189Cook Islands84.7
190Palau85.1
191Nauru88.5
World Avg49.0
q=191.

Children's Health:

Infant Immunizations 2011-2015 (2015)20
Pos.Higher is better
Avg %20
1Hungary99.0
2China99.0
3Uzbekistan98.9
...
149Djibouti82.6
150Uganda82.5
151Comoros81.8
152Marshall Islands81.8
153Mozambique81.4
154Venezuela80.6
155Myanmar (Burma)80.3
156Benin80.1
World Avg88.3
q=194.

6. Marshall Islands's Modernity and Learning

#education #modernity #technology #the_internet

Modernity and Learning (2020)23
Pos.Lower is better
Avg Rank23
1Finland8.0
2Belgium9.1
3Denmark10.0
...
118Nepal84.5
119Tajikistan84.5
120Mongolia85.4
121Marshall Islands86.8
122Samoa86.8
123Zambia89.0
124Rwanda89.1
125Algeria89.6
126Guatemala89.9
World Avg69.0
q=180.

Modernity and Education:

Secondary Education (2018)24
Pos.Higher is better24
1Luxembourg100.0%
2Estonia100.0%
3Austria100.0%
...
34Barbados92.9%
35Albania92.9%
36Belarus92.2%
37Marshall Islands92.1%
38Montenegro91.6%
39Australia90.4%
40Romania90.0%
41Botswana90.0%
World Avg63.0%
q=169.
Length of Schooling (2018)25
Pos.Higher is better
Years25
1Australia22.1
2Belgium19.7
3Finland19.3
...
118Antigua & Barbuda12.5
119Azerbaijan12.4
120Timor-Leste (E. Timor)12.4
121Marshall Islands12.4
122India12.3
123Tuvalu12.3
124Nicaragua12.2
125Nepal12.2
World Avg13.2
q=193.
Intellectual Endeavours (2017)21
Pos.Lower is better
Rank21
1Ukraine1
2Czechia2
3Hungary3
...
40Spain40
41Italy41
42Slovakia42
43Marshall Islands43
44S. Korea44
45Morocco45
46Belarus46
47Moldova47
World Avg82.0
q=163.

Technology and Information:

Internet Users (2016)26
Pos.Higher is better26
1Iceland100%
2Faroe Islands99%
3Norway98%
...
149Equatorial Guinea21%
150Lesotho21%
151Indonesia20%
152Marshall Islands20%
153Algeria20%
154Nicaragua19%
155Uganda19%
156Zambia19%
World Avg48.1%
q=201.
IPv6 Uptake (2017)27
Pos.Higher is better
Ratio27
1Belgium55.4
2Germany41.8
3Switzerland35.1
...
117Maldives0.0
118Tunisia0.0
119Tuvalu0.0
120Marshall Islands0.0
121Georgia0.0
122Swaziland0.0
123Mongolia0.0
124Samoa0.0
World Avg3.82
q=176.

7. National Culture

Creativity and Culture (2017)21
Pos.Lower is better
Rank21
1Belgium1
2Netherlands2
3Estonia3
...
37Iceland37
38Croatia38
39Bulgaria39
40Marshall Islands40
41Malaysia41
42Namibia42
43St Vincent & Grenadines43
44Cyprus44
World Avg82.0
q=163.
Open Trading, Aid and Development (2017)21
Pos.Lower is better
Rank21
1Ireland1
2Denmark2
3Sweden3
...
38Cyprus38
39Bulgaria39
40Turkey40
41Marshall Islands41
42Malta42
43Morocco43
44Fiji44
45Bosnia & Herzegovina45
World Avg82.0
q=163.

8. Peace Versus Instability

Peacekeeping and Security (2017)21
Pos.Lower is better
Rank21
1Samoa1
2S. Africa2
3Tunisia3
...
156Swaziland156
157Yemen157
158Iraq158
159Bahrain159
160Slovenia160
161Tonga161
162Marshall Islands162
163Guinea-Bissau163
World Avg82.0
q=163.
Refugees and UN Treaties (2017)21
Pos.Lower is better
Rank21
1Austria1
2Germany2
3Netherlands3
...
146Central African Rep.146
147El Salvador147
148Bahamas148
149Marshall Islands149
150Burundi150
151Zimbabwe151
152Grenada152
153Angola153
World Avg82.0
q=163.

9. The Natural Environment

#biodiversity #the_environment

Convention on Biological Diversity
Pos.Earlier is better
Signed
1China1993 Dec 29
2Guinea1993 Dec 29
3Cook Islands1993 Dec 29
...
10Canada1993 Dec 29
11Monaco1993 Dec 29
12Maldives1993 Dec 29
13Marshall Islands1993 Dec 29
14Seychelles1993 Dec 29
15Mauritius1993 Dec 29
16Antigua & Barbuda1993 Dec 29
17Mongolia1993 Dec 29
World Avg1899 Dec 30
q=197.

10. 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 below28:

Christian97.5%
Muslim0.1%
Hindu0.1%
Buddhist0.1%
Folk Religion0.3%
Jew0.1%
Unaffiliated1.5%

The CIA World Factbook has slightly different data, and states: Protestant 54.8%, Assembly of God 25.8%, Roman Catholic 8.4%, Bukot nan Jesus 2.8%, Mormon 2.1%, other Christian 3.6%, other 1%, none 1.5% (1999 census)29.

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