The Human Truth Foundation

Which are the Best Mediterranean Countries?

By Vexen Crabtree 2013

#human_development

Social & Moral
Development Index
1,2
Pos.Lower is better
Avg Rank1,2
1Spain42.2
2France44.0
3Italy45.1
4Slovenia47.2
5Cyprus55.6
6Malta56.6
7Croatia61.7
8Greece62.6
9Israel67.5
10Monaco70.5
The Mediterranean Avg72.2
World Avg86.4
q=21.

These countries all have coastlines on the Mediterranean, and are thus generally considered to be attractive places for holidays, retirements, and thrill-seeking by the rest of Europe, due to the warmer Mediterranean weather.

There are 22 locations that fall within this category. By adding up all the known populations that fall within these locations, and summing their physical land areas, we can calculate population densities. Some islands and territories can end up being counted twice depending on how they are classified and divided up politically, but, mostly such errors involve only small populations. So, some data on this collection of countries in total:


1. Basic Stats and Demographics

#economics #human_development #population

Pos.Population (2018)
Population3
Social & Moral
Lower is better

Avg Rank1,2
Gross National
Income (2011)
Higher is better
PPP $4
UN HDI (2016)
Lower is better

Rank5
Land Area (2011)
km26
People
Per km2
Lower is better
1Egypt98.4m92.6$10 064111 995 450 99
2Turkey82.3m77.4$18 70571 769 630 107
3France65.0m44.0$38 08521 547 660 119
4Italy60.6m45.1$33 57326 294 140 206
5Spain46.7m42.2$32 77927 498 800 94
6Algeria42.2m97.2$13 533832 381 740 18
7Morocco36.0m82.9$7 195123 446 300 81
8Syria16.9m117.2$2 441149 183 630 92
9Tunisia11.6m76.9$10 24997 155 360 74
10Greece10.5m62.6$24 80829 128 900 82
11Israel8.4m67.5$31 21519 21 640 387
12Lebanon6.9m89.6$13 31276 10 230 671
13Libya6.7m106.5$14 3031021 759 540 4
14Palestine4.9m$5 256114
15Croatia4.2m61.7$20 29145 55 960 74
16Bosnia & Herzegovina3.3m73.5$10 09181 51 000 65
17Albania2.9m71.4$10 25275 27 400 105
18Slovenia2.1m47.2$28 66425 20 140 103
19Cyprus1.2m55.6$29 45933 9 240 129
20Montenegro0.6m77.4$15 41048 13 450 47
21Malta0.4m56.6$29 50033 3201 373
22Monaco38 68270.5 219 341
The Mediterranean Avg23.3m72.2$19 00966.1 398 597 58
World Avg39.0m86.4$17 24094.3 620 450 63
q=22.

Not showing due to lack of data: Palestine. This page only shows places where the database has enough data to be able to come to reasonable conclusions about each place. The main focus is on nation states, but, some distinct external territories may be listed if the database has enough information about them. Averages are calculated from as many valid data points as possible, meaning, that some territories and locations that are not listed above may still be used to calculate some of the average values. Some calculations only use Independent State data - hover the cursor over values to see hints.

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2. Social and Moral Development

#education #equality #health #human_development #human_rights #modernity #morals #politics #prejudice #technology #the_internet #tolerance

Here are each country's overall scores across the categories that make up the Social and Moral Development Index. This is followed by lists of how each country scores in each individual data set.

Pos.Social & Moral
Lower is better

Avg Rank1,2
Human Rights, Equality & Tolerance (2020)
Lower is better

Avg Rank7,8
Health (2020)
Lower is better

Avg Rank9,8
Modernity and Learning (2020)
Lower is better

Avg Rank10
Demographics (2020)11
1Spain42.224.169.128.8
2France44.028.182.922.0
3Italy45.132.166.433.5
4Slovenia47.236.879.819.5
5Cyprus55.644.179.347.1
6Malta56.644.081.646.5
7Croatia61.753.282.940.0
8Greece62.664.876.129.3
9Israel67.576.280.826.0
10Monaco70.5101.5
11Albania71.465.082.864.1
12Bosnia & Herzegovina73.558.883.148.1
13Tunisia76.988.380.062.3
14Turkey77.481.685.640.0
15Montenegro77.472.6102.956.8
16Morocco82.9101.175.170.0
17Lebanon89.697.092.371.9
18Egypt92.6110.7100.665.4
19Algeria97.2110.689.589.6
20Libya106.5113.491.981.3
21Syria117.2128.7104.997.7
The Mediterranean Avg72.277.484.453.1
World Avg86.489.892.369.0
q=21.

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. Human Rights, Equality & Tolerance

#antisemitism #equality #freedom #gender #gender_equality #homosexuality #human_rights #international_law #mass_media #misogyny #politics #slavery #tolerance #women

The best countries in the world at ensuring human rights, fostering equality and promoting tolerance, are Denmark, Sweden and Norway7. These countries are displaying the best traits that humanity has to offer. The worst countries are Tuvalu, The Solomon Islands and Palestine7.

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 Europe7, whereas the worst are Micronesia, Melanesia and Australasia7.

Human Rights & Tolerance:

Pos.HRW (2017)
Score12
Nominal Commitment to HR (2009)
Higher is better
Treaties13
HR Treaties Lag (2019)
Lower is better
Avg Yrs/Treaty14
Personal, Civil & Economic Freedom (2014)
Lower is better
Rank15
Press Freedom (2013)
Lower is better16
Slavery (2018)
Lower is better

% Victims17
1Albania2010.945030880.69
2Algeria-8189.9515236540.27
3Bosnia & Herzegovina-6219.175426860.34
4Croatia42210.654426610.60
5Cyprus5205.813313830.42
6Egypt-7164.5214448660.55
7France9215.613121600.20
8Greece5198.444828460.79
9Israel-51210.975232970.39
10Italy5226.562826110.24
11Lebanon-51210.1410830150.17
12Libya-9155.6115937860.77
13Malta5189.60162330
14Monaco1612.76
15Montenegro2114.204432970.59
16Morocco-4175.4413139040.24
17Slovenia52311.133920490.22
18Spain5234.603620500.23
19Syria-10147.0215678530.73
20Tunisia-2183.6512339930.22
21Turkey-2179.487346560.65
22Palestine17.214309
The Mediterranean Avg-0.818.38.7976.133570.44
World Avg-1.915.110.0279.732490.65
q=22.

Gender Equality:

Pos.Gender Inequality (2015)18Year Women Can Vote
Lower is better
Year
1Albania0.271920
2Algeria0.431962
3Bosnia & Herzegovina0.161949
4Croatia0.141945
5Cyprus0.121960
6Egypt0.571956
7France0.101944
8Greece0.121952
9Israel0.101948
10Italy0.081945
11Lebanon0.381952
12Libya0.171964
13Malta0.221947
14Monaco1962
15Montenegro0.16
16Morocco0.491963
17Slovenia0.051945
18Spain0.081931
19Syria0.551953
20Tunisia0.291959
21Turkey0.331934
The Mediterranean Avg0.241950
World Avg0.361930
q=21. No data: 119

Prejudice:

Pos.Anti-Semite Opinions (2014)
%20
LGBT Equality (2017)
Higher is better

Score21
1Albania40
2Algeria87-37
3Bosnia & Herzegovina3235
4Croatia3345
5Cyprus40
6Egypt75-27
7France3778
8Greece6939
9Israel48
10Italy2040
11Lebanon78-24
12Libya87-42
13Malta63
14Monaco40
15Montenegro2935
16Morocco80-42
17Slovenia2745
18Spain2979
19Syria-84
20Tunisia86-39
21Turkey6925
The Mediterranean Avg55.917.0
World Avg36.812.6
q=21. No data: 119

4. Health

#alcohol #birth_control #demographics #health #life_expectancy #longevity #mental_health #obesity #overpopulation #parenting #population #smoking #suicide #vaccines

The countries with the best overall approach to public health, in terms of both public policy and individual lifestyle choices, are Hong Kong, Singapore and The Maldives9. These countries are worth emulating. And, although often through no fault of the average citizen, the worst countries are S. Sudan, Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea9.

The data sets used to calculate points for each country are its average life expectancy, its alcohol consumption rate, its fertility rate, its smoking rate, its suicide rate, its food aid and health contributions and WHO compliance, the prevalence of overweight adults, its adolescent birth rate and its immunizations take-up. The regions with the best average results per country are Scandinavia, Asia and Europe9, whereas the worst are Africa, Micronesia and Polynesia9.

Health:

Pos.Life
Expectancy (2015)

Years4
Alcohol Consumption (2016)
Lower is better

Per Capita22
Fertility Rate (2013)
2.0 is best
23
Smoking Rates (2014)
Lower is better
24
Suicide Rate (2013)
Per 100k25
Food Aid, Health Contributions & WHO Compliance (2017)
Lower is better

Rank26
Overweight Adults (2016)
Lower is better
%27
1Albania77.977.51.511 177813857.7
2Algeria75.030.92.171 02415962.0
3Bosnia & Herzegovina76.636.41.132 2339553.3
4Croatia77.508.91.491 70936.48359.6
5Cyprus80.3310.81.461 6889.15959.1
6Egypt71.330.42.651 1880.17363.5
7France82.3612.61.99 99333.22359.5
8Greece81.0710.41.542 08672962.3
9Israel82.563.82.911 3468.55164.3
10Italy83.347.51.471 44312.82458.5
11Lebanon79.541.51.773 0236367.9
12Libya71.760.02.441 3332815666.8
13Malta80.738.11.281 2666.97666.4
14Montenegro76.408.01.634 12513459.4
15Morocco74.310.62.20 6715860.4
16Slovenia80.5812.61.472 637445756.1
17Spain82.7710.01.501 26515.32261.6
18Syria69.650.32.81 4598861.4
19Tunisia74.981.91.931 6289261.6
20Turkey75.532.02.041 5814466.8
21Palestine73.074.31
The Mediterranean Avg77.505.71.991 64416.4876.261.4
World Avg71.276.22.81 81920.9382.049.0
q=21. No data: 129

Children's Health:

Pos.Adolescent Birth Rate (2015)
Per 100018
Infant Immunizations 2011-2015 (2015)
Higher is better

Avg %30
1Albania21.797.1
2Algeria10.695.0
3Bosnia & Herzegovina8.688.0
4Croatia9.595.9
5Cyprus5.095.3
6Egypt51.993.4
7France8.992.6
8Greece7.597.3
9Israel9.795.2
10Italy6.093.8
11Lebanon12.479.4
12Libya6.296.4
13Malta16.695.5
14Monaco97.3
15Montenegro12.289.9
16Morocco31.797.5
17Slovenia3.895.2
18Spain8.496.5
19Syria39.462.4
20Tunisia6.895.7
21Turkey27.695.5
22Palestine58.6
The Mediterranean Avg17.392.6
World Avg47.988.3
q=22.

5. Modernity and Learning

#education #english #intelligence #it_security #maths #politics #religion #research #science #the_internet

Modernity and Education:

Pos.Research and Development (2016)
% RDP PPP
Secondary Education (2018)
Higher is better
31
Length of Schooling (2018)
Higher is better

Years32
Intellectual Endeavours (2017)
Lower is better

Rank26
Maths, Science & Reading (2015)
Higher is better

Score33
Religiosity (2009)
Lower is better

%34
IQ (2006)
Higher is better35
1Albania0.153692.9%15.210512453990
2Algeria0.073738.9%14.711310869583
3Bosnia & Herzegovina0.333881.2%13.81677
4Croatia0.813895.7%15.03314267090
5Cyprus0.483880.3%14.731131375
6Egypt0.683865.3%13.1609781
7France2.263983.5%15.52414873098
8Greece0.843964.8%17.32713767192
9Israel4.113989.1%16.03414165195
10Italy1.293979.6%16.241145672102
11Lebanon54.9%11.36811298782
12Libya57.4%12.815083
13Malta0.893878.2%15.962139186
14Montenegro0.383891.6%15.048125671
15Morocco0.734032.2%13.1459784
16Slovenia2.393997.6%17.41015284796
17Spain1.223975.8%17.94014754998
18Syria41.0%8.91408983
19Tunisia0.684151.8%15.17211149383
20Turkey1.013953.1%16.455127382
21Palestine61.1%12.893
The Mediterranean Avg1.0869.8%14.758.7133173.689.3
World Avg0.8463.0%13.282.0138975.185.6
q=21. No data: 129

Technology and Information:

Pos.Internet Users (2016)42Internet Freedom (2012)
Lower is better
43
IT Security (2013)
Lower is better
44
IPv6 Uptake (2017)
Higher is better

Ratio45
1Albania63%0.0
2Algeria20%0.0
3Bosnia & Herzegovina62%3.1
4Croatia74%0.1
5Cyprus72%0.0
6Egypt33%590.4
7France86%1.1318.8
8Greece65%33.5
9Israel73%0.201.8
10Italy66%231.151.7
11Lebanon76%0.0
12Libya21%430.630.0
13Malta80%0.0
14Monaco93%0.0
15Montenegro62%0.0
16Morocco58%0.0
17Slovenia72%5.4
18Spain82%0.880.6
19Syria30%830.0
20Tunisia48%460.0
21Turkey58%460.520.3
22Palestine63%0.0
The Mediterranean Avg61.6%50.00.752.98
World Avg48.1%46.70.983.82
q=22.

6. National Culture

#charity #corruption #happiness #morals #politics

Pos.Personal Charitability
(World Position, 2013-2016)
46
Corruption (2012-2016)
Higher is better

Avg Score47
Happiness (2018)
Higher is better
48
Creativity and Culture (2017)
Lower is better

Rank26
Open Trading, Aid and Development (2017)
Lower is better

Rank26
1Albania101.2534.44.67815
2Algeria10935.25.3138160
3Bosnia & Herzegovina10740.05.16945
4Croatia11348.45.33810
5Cyprus3161.65.84438
6Egypt112.2534.24.4123134
7France80.570.06.51417
8Greece13341.85.44750
9Israel45.2561.27.26399
10Italy63.543.86.02636
11Lebanon77.2528.25.26631
12Libya2916.85.616397
13Malta1456.66.62842
14Montenegro121.7543.25.36171
15Morocco11937.25.38543
16Slovenia38.7559.45.91677
17Spain6460.06.33034
18Syria43.6718.83.5152147
19Tunisia12140.24.69370
20Turkey12845.45.57540
21Palestine1354.7
The Mediterranean Avg85.103333333333343.825.4370.562.8
World Avg68.118589743589743.055.3882.082.0
q=21. No data: 129

7. Peace Versus Instability

#extremism #human_development #peace #politics #religious_violence #terrorism

Pos.Global Peace Index (2012)49Peacekeeping and Security (2017)
Lower is better

Rank26
Refugees and UN Treaties (2017)
Lower is better

Rank26
Impact of Terrorism (2019)
Lower is better

Score50
1Albania1.9380740.42
2Algeria2.2622793.41
3Bosnia & Herzegovina1.92149351.39
4Croatia1.65146580.00
5Cyprus1.9673170.42
6Egypt2.2241206.79
7France1.7153165.01
8Greece1.98115314.17
9Israel2.84123844.53
10Italy1.6955143.11
11Lebanon2.46153764.40
12Libya2.831451126.77
13Malta1245
14Montenegro2.01128411.00
15Morocco1.87101141.22
16Slovenia1.33160180.00
17Spain1.5571153.35
18Syria2.831311428.01
19Tunisia1.9631073.94
20Turkey2.3478396.53
21Palestine5.18
The Mediterranean Avg2.0791.259.93.48
World Avg2.0282.082.02.78
q=21. No data: 129

8. The Natural Environment

#biodiversity #climate_change #over-exploitation #the_environment

Pos.Forest Area Change 1990-2015 (2015)
%51
Environmental Performance (2018)
Higher is better
52
Energy to GDP Efficiency (2014)
Higher is better53
CBD
Earlier is better

Signed
Rational Beliefs on the Environment (2011)
Higher is better
%54
1Albania-02.265.512.501994 Apr 059.4%
2Algeria17.357.210.001995 Nov 1223.5%
3Bosnia & Herzegovina-01.541.804.522002 Nov 2444.0%
4Croatia03.865.510.001997 Jan 0537.8%
5Cyprus07.272.612.991996 Oct 0871.0%
6Egypt65.961.211.761994 Aug 3130.1%
7France17.784.009.901994 Sep 2938.4%
8Greece22.973.611.241994 Nov 0277.6%
9Israel25.075.011.111995 Nov 0527.6%
10Italy22.577.013.161994 Jul 1449.6%
11Lebanon04.861.109.901995 Mar 1554.3%
12Libya00.049.82001 Oct 1014.6%
13Malta00.080.915.152001 Mar 2957.3%
14Monaco1993 Dec 29
15Montenegro32.161.309.172006 Jun 0335.9%
16Morocco13.763.512.661995 Nov 1960.0%
17Slovenia05.167.608.851996 Oct 0745.1%
18Spain33.278.412.501994 Mar 2144.8%
19Syria32.11996 Apr 0326.6%
20Tunisia61.962.411.241993 Dec 2919.3%
21Turkey21.853.011.111997 May 1547.4%
22Palestine01.02015 Apr 0227.5%
The Mediterranean Avg18.365.810.991899 Dec 3040.1%
World Avg02.856.409.291899 Dec 3039.9%
q=22.

9. Economic Inequality and Poverty

#capitalism #economics #health #inequality #life_expectancy #poverty #social_development

Pos.Inequality in Life Expectancy (2019)55Income Inequality (Gini Coefficient) (2017)
Lower is better
%56
Multidimensional Poverty (2018)
Lower is better
Severity57
1Albania7.2029.0.003
2Algeria14.1027.6.008
3Bosnia & Herzegovina5.4033.0.008
4Croatia4.3031.1
5Cyprus3.6034.0
6Egypt11.6031.8.019
7France3.8032.7
8Greece3.5036.0
9Israel3.3038.9
10Italy3.1035.4
11Lebanon7.4031.8
12Libya9.10.007
13Malta4.6029.4
14Montenegro3.6031.9.002
15Morocco13.0039.5.085
16Slovenia2.9025.4
17Spain3.0036.2
18Syria13.00.029
19Tunisia9.0032.8.005
20Turkey9.0041.9
21Palestine12.0033.7.004
The Mediterranean Avg6.9833.3.017
World Avg14.5938.1.154
q=21. No data: 129

10. Demographics

#birth_control #demographics #health #immigration #life_expectancy #longevity #migration #overpopulation #population

Population:

Pos.Population (2018)
Population3
Life
Expectancy (2015)
Higher is better

Years4
Fertility Rate (2013)
2.0 is best
23
Old-Age Dependency Ratio (2016)
Lower is better

Per 10058
1Albania2.9m77.971.5131.8
2Algeria42.2m75.032.1714.0
3Bosnia & Herzegovina3.3m76.631.1337.3
4Croatia4.2m77.501.4939.7
5Cyprus1.2m80.331.4626.9
6Egypt98.4m71.332.6510.5
7France65.0m82.361.9940.5
8Greece10.5m81.071.5441.3
9Israel8.4m82.562.9122.9
10Italy60.6m83.341.4748.6
11Lebanon6.9m79.541.7721.1
12Libya6.7m71.762.4410.5
13Malta0.4m80.731.2839.9
14Monaco38 682
15Montenegro0.6m76.401.6330.0
16Morocco36.0m74.312.2016.1
17Slovenia2.1m80.581.4742.7
18Spain46.7m82.771.5041.4
19Syria16.9m69.652.8109.0
20Tunisia11.6m74.981.9318.6
21Turkey82.3m75.532.0418.0
22Palestine4.9m73.074.3106.5
The Mediterranean Avg23.3m77.501.9927.0
World Avg39.0m71.272.8118.3
q=22.

Migration:

Pos.Immigrants (2017)
%59
Emigrants (2010)
%60
1Albania1.8%45.4%
2Algeria0.6%3.4%
3Bosnia & Herzegovina1.1%38.9%
4Croatia13.4%17.1%
5Cyprus16.0%17.0%
6Egypt0.5%4.4%
7France12.2%2.8%
8Greece10.9%10.8%
9Israel23.6%14.0%
10Italy10.0%5.8%
11Lebanon31.9%15.6%
12Libya12.4%1.7%
13Malta10.6%26.2%
14Monaco54.9%56.3%
15Montenegro11.3%0.0%
16Morocco0.3%9.3%
17Slovenia11.8%6.5%
18Spain12.8%3.0%
19Syria5.5%4.2%
20Tunisia0.5%6.3%
21Turkey6.0%5.6%
22Palestine5.2%68.4%
The Mediterranean Avg11.5%16.5%
World Avg9.4%11.5%
q=22.

11. Religion and Beliefs

#belief #buddhism #christianity #folk_religion #god #hinduism #human_development #islam #judaism #no_religion #religion

Pos.Religiosity (2009)
%34
Disbelief In God (2007)
Higher is better
%61
Jews (2010)
%62
Christians (2010)
%62
Muslims (2010)
%62
Hindus (2010)
%62
Buddhists (2010)
%62
Folk Religion (2010)
%62
Unaffiliated (2010)
%62
1Albania3980.118.080.30.10.10.11.4
2Algeria9500.10.297.90.10.10.11.8
3Bosnia & Herzegovina770.152.345.20.10.10.12.5
4Croatia7070.193.41.40.10.10.15.1
5Cyprus750.173.225.30.10.20.11.2
6Egypt9700.15.194.90.10.10.10.1
7France30440.563.07.50.10.50.328.0
8Greece71160.188.15.30.10.10.16.1
9Israel511575.62.018.60.10.30.23.1
10Italy7260.183.33.70.10.20.112.4
11Lebanon8730.138.361.30.10.20.10.3
12Libya00.12.796.60.10.30.10.2
13Malta860.197.00.20.20.10.12.5
14Monaco1.786.00.40.10.10.111.7
15Montenegro710.178.118.70.10.10.13.2
16Morocco9700.10.199.00.10.10.10.1
17Slovenia47350.178.43.60.10.10.118.0
18Spain49150.178.62.10.10.10.119.0
19Syria8900.15.292.80.10.10.12.0
20Tunisia9300.10.299.00.10.10.10.2
21Turkey820.10.498.00.10.10.11.2
22Palestine930.12.497.60.10.10.10.1
The Mediterranean Avg73.69.93.643.047.70.10.20.15.5
World Avg75.19.90.560.622.42.03.52.77.9
q=22.

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