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Micronesia (Federated States of Micronesia)

By Vexen Crabtree 2013

#micronesia

Micronesia
Federated States of Micronesia
StatusIndependent State
Social and Moral Index186th best
CapitalPalikir
Land Area 3 170km21
LocationAustralasia, Micronesia
GroupingsSmall Islands
Population0.1m2
Life Expectancy69.27yrs (2017)3
GNI$3 291 (2017)4
ISO3166-1 CodesFM, FSM, 5835
Internet Domain.fm6
CurrencyDollar (USD)7
Telephone+6918

1. Overview

In 1979 the Federated States of Micronesia, a UN Trust Territory under US administration, adopted a constitution. In 1986, independence was attained under a Compact of Free Association with the US, which was amended and renewed in 2004. Present concerns include large-scale unemployment, overfishing, and overdependence on US aid.

CIA's The World Factbook (2013)9

Book CoverThe four unique states of Kosrae, Pohnpei, Chuuk and Yap have distinct cultures, traditions and identities as colourful and diverse as the multitudes of coral formations that live in their fringing reefs. Known collectively as the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), these four states are otherwise unrelated, and travellers looking to experience a variety of lifestyles are in luck.

Kosrea is a Pacific paradise and arguably FSM´s most beautiful island. Its people are true believers, and here everything shuts down on Sunday and full focus is given to vibrant all-singing, all-dancing church ceremonies (with a relaxed island twist).

Pohnpei is home to mysterious ancient ruins and a plethora of lush landforms, and retains a system of chiefs and clan titles - a distinct style of governance that still exerts significant social and political influence.

Chuuk is renowned for its wreck diving, and while it is just coming to terms with international tourism, the uncompromising nature of the Chuukese holds firm.

Last, but not least, Yap is a fiercly traditional state retaining a true island spirit. Its people retain their architecture, customs, religions and gigantic stone money - it´s an eternally fascinating place.

"The World" by Lonely Planet (2014)10

2. Micronesia National and Social Development

#economics #human_development

UN HDI (2016)11
Pos.Lower is better
Rank11
1Norway1
2Australia2
3Switzerland2
...
125Guatemala125
126Namibia125
127Guyana127
128Micronesia127
129Tajikistan129
130Honduras130
131India131
132Bhutan132
World Avg94.3
q=188.
Gross National Income Per-Capita (2011)12
Pos.Higher is better
PPP $12
1Qatar$129 916
2Singapore$78 162
3Kuwait$76 075
...
146Zambia$3 464
147Bangladesh$3 341
148Lesotho$3 319
149Micronesia$3 291
150Djibouti$3 216
151Ivory Coast$3 163
152Kyrgyzstan$3 097
153Cambodia$3 095
World Avg$17 240
q=193.
Social & Moral
Development Index
13,14
Pos.Lower is better
Avg Rank13,14
1Taiwan30.2
2Denmark30.5
3Norway30.9
...
183Iraq124.2
184Eritrea124.4
185Congo, DR124.8
186Micronesia125.3
187Palau125.9
188Chad127.0
189Afghanistan128.1
190Equatorial Guinea128.1
World Avg86.4
q=195.

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 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. Micronesia's Demographics

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

Population:

Micronesia's population is predicted to rise to 128 767 by 2030. This country has a fertility rate of 3.33. 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.

Population (2018)2
Pos.
Population2
1China1.4b
2India1.4b
3USA327.1m
...
177Samoa0.2m
178St Lucia0.2m
179Kiribati0.1m
180Micronesia0.1m
181Grenada0.1m
182St Vincent & Grenadines0.1m
183Tonga0.1m
184Seychelles97 096
World Avg39.0m
q=195.
Life Expectancy (2015)12
Pos.Higher is better
Years12
1Hong Kong84.16
2Japan83.68
3Italy83.34
...
124Kazakhstan69.59
125Tajikistan69.58
126Uzbekistan69.40
127Micronesia69.27
128Indonesia69.05
129Cambodia68.81
130Bolivia68.74
131Timor-Leste (E. Timor)68.51
World Avg71.27
q=190.
Fertility Rate (2013)15
Pos.2.0 is best15
1N. Korea2.00
2Brunei1.99
3St Vincent & Grenadines2.01
...
129Swaziland3.21
130Bolivia3.25
131Pakistan3.25
132Micronesia3.33
133Sao Tome & Principe3.52
134Djibouti3.61
135Vanuatu3.77
136Samoa3.77
World Avg2.81
q=180.
Old-Age Dependency Ratio (2016)16
Pos.Lower is better
Per 10016
1Uganda04.3
2Mali04.5
3Chad04.7
...
75Bangladesh10.6
76Nepal10.8
77Bhutan10.8
78Micronesia10.8
79Honduras11.0
80Turkmenistan11.0
81Maldives11.0
82Mongolia11.8
World Avg18.3
q=185.

Migration:

Immigrants (2017)17
Pos.
%17
1UAE88.4%
2Kuwait75.5%
3Qatar65.2%
...
108Cape Verde2.8%
109Burundi2.8%
110Chile2.7%
111Micronesia2.6%
112Azerbaijan2.6%
113Kiribati2.6%
114Samoa2.5%
115Zimbabwe2.4%
World Avg9.4%
q=195.
Emigrants (2010)18
Pos.
%18
1Dominica104.8%
2Palestine68.4%
3Samoa67.3%
...
28Portugal20.8%
29Lesotho20.5%
30El Salvador20.5%
31Micronesia19.7%
32Belarus18.4%
33Eritrea18.0%
34Croatia17.1%
35Liechtenstein17.1%
World Avg11.5%
q=192.

4. Micronesia's Human Rights, Equality & Tolerance

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

Human Rights, Equality & Tolerance (2020)19,20
Pos.Lower is better
Avg Rank19,20
1Denmark9.7
2Sweden10.0
3Norway16.1
...
189Sao Tome & Principe147.8
190St Kitts & Nevis150.3
191Nauru153.3
192Micronesia157.0
193Somalia157.9
194Palau159.8
195Marshall Islands160.0
196Kiribati164.8
197Palestine170.0
World Avg89.8
q=199.

The best countries in the world at ensuring human rights, fostering equality and promoting tolerance, are Denmark, Sweden and Norway19. These countries are displaying the best traits that humanity has to offer. The worst countries are Tuvalu, The Solomon Islands and Palestine19.

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 Europe19, whereas the worst are Micronesia, Melanesia and Australasia19.

Human Rights & Tolerance:

Nominal Commitment to HR (2009)21
Pos.Higher is better
Treaties21
1Argentina24
2Chile23
3Costa Rica23
...
183Tonga6
184Pakistan6
185Tuvalu5
186Micronesia5
187Singapore5
188Nauru5
189Marshall Islands4
190Myanmar (Burma)4
World Avg15.1
q=194.
HR Treaties Lag (2019)22
Pos.Lower is better
Avg Yrs/Treaty22
1Ecuador2.15
2Uruguay2.25
3Tunisia3.65
...
183Papua New Guinea15.23
184Brunei15.29
185Tonga15.55
186Micronesia15.55
187Somalia15.71
188Kiribati15.80
189Solomon Islands15.81
190Nauru16.16
World Avg10.02
q=195.

Gender Equality:

See:

Year Women Can Vote
Pos.Lower is better
Year
1New Zealand1893
2Australia1902
3Finland1906
...
172Zimbabwe1978
173Marshall Islands1979
174Palau1979
175Micronesia1979
176Iraq1980
177Vanuatu1980
178Liechtenstein1984
179Djibouti1986
World Avg1930
q=189.

Prejudice:

LGBT Equality (2017)23
Pos.Higher is better
Score23
1Netherlands103
2Belgium90
3Sweden86
...
87Nauru20
88Marshall Islands20
89Guinea-Bissau20
90Micronesia20
91Armenia20
92Mozambique17
93Laos15
94Haiti15
World Avg12.6
q=196.

5. Micronesia's Health

#alcohol #birth_control #demographics #health #life_expectancy #longevity #Micronesia #obesity #overpopulation #parenting #population #vaccines

Health (2020)24,20
Pos.Lower is better
Avg Rank24,20
1Hong Kong18.0
2Singapore41.5
3Maldives43.3
...
170Laos116.4
171Guinea-Bissau116.5
172Burkina Faso117.0
173Micronesia117.2
174Cameroon118.0
175Chad118.6
176Swaziland120.0
177Mali120.6
178Namibia121.1
World Avg92.3
q=187.

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 Maldives24. These countries are worth emulating. And, although often through no fault of the average citizen, the worst countries are S. Sudan, Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea24.

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 Europe24, whereas the worst are Africa, Micronesia and Polynesia24.

Health:

Micronesia has some poor policies and cultural issues which cause some public health problems. Micronesia does better than average for its alcohol consumption rate25 and in its adolescent birth rate26 (one of the lowest in Australasia). And finally, it does worse than average when it comes to its average life expectancy12 (amongst the worst in Australasia), its fertility rate15 and in its immunizations take-up27 (one of the lowest in Australasia). The number of overweight adults has increased by 14% between 1976 and 2016.
Life Expectancy (2015)12
Pos.Higher is better
Years12
1Hong Kong84.16
2Japan83.68
3Italy83.34
...
124Kazakhstan69.59
125Tajikistan69.58
126Uzbekistan69.40
127Micronesia69.27
128Indonesia69.05
129Cambodia68.81
130Bolivia68.74
131Timor-Leste (E. Timor)68.51
World Avg71.27
q=190.
Alcohol Consumption (2016)25
Pos.Lower is better
Per Capita25
1Bangladesh0.0
2Kuwait0.0
3Libya0.0
...
46Timor-Leste (E. Timor)2.1
47Mozambique2.4
48Samoa2.5
49Micronesia2.5
50Guatemala2.5
51Congo, DR2.6
52Uzbekistan2.7
53Ghana2.7
World Avg6.2
q=189.
Fertility Rate (2013)15
Pos.2.0 is best15
1N. Korea2.00
2Brunei1.99
3St Vincent & Grenadines2.01
...
129Swaziland3.21
130Bolivia3.25
131Pakistan3.25
132Micronesia3.33
133Sao Tome & Principe3.52
134Djibouti3.61
135Vanuatu3.77
136Samoa3.77
World Avg2.81
q=180.
Overweight Adults (2016)28
Pos.Lower is better
%28
1Vietnam18.3
2India19.7
3Bangladesh20.0
...
179Saudi Arabia69.7
180Qatar71.7
181Kuwait73.4
182Micronesia75.9
183Samoa77.6
184Tonga78.5
185Kiribati78.7
186Niue80.0
World Avg49.0
q=191.

Children's Health:

Adolescent Birth Rate (2015)26
Pos.Lower is better
Per 100026
1N. Korea0.5
2S. Korea1.6
3Switzerland2.9
...
47Australia14.1
48UK14.6
49Sri Lanka14.8
50Micronesia15.0
51Tonga15.2
52Mongolia15.7
53Turkmenistan16.4
54Myanmar (Burma)16.5
World Avg47.9
q=185.
Infant Immunizations 2011-2015 (2015)27
Pos.Higher is better
Avg %27
1Hungary99.0
2China99.0
3Uzbekistan98.9
...
160Lebanon79.4
161San Marino79.3
162Gabon78.7
163Micronesia78.2
164Philippines77.9
165Sweden77.8
166Ivory Coast76.9
167Congo, DR76.5
World Avg88.3
q=194.

6. Micronesia's Modernity and Learning

#education #the_internet

Modernity and Education:

Length of Schooling (2018)29
Pos.Higher is better
Years29
1Australia22.1
2Belgium19.7
3Finland19.3
...
135Angola11.8
136Moldova11.6
137Congo, (Brazzaville)11.6
138Micronesia11.5
139Ghana11.5
140Guyana11.5
141Vanuatu11.4
142Tajikistan11.4
World Avg13.2
q=193.

Technology and Information:

Internet Users (2016)30
Pos.Higher is better30
1Iceland100%
2Faroe Islands99%
3Norway98%
...
128Kyrgyzstan34%
129Egypt33%
130Cuba32%
131Micronesia31%
132Vanuatu31%
133Syria30%
134Sri Lanka29%
135Samoa29%
World Avg48.1%
q=201.
IPv6 Uptake (2017)31
Pos.Higher is better
Ratio31
1Belgium55.4
2Germany41.8
3Switzerland35.1
...
123Mongolia0.0
124Samoa0.0
125Albania0.0
126Micronesia0.0
127Algeria0.0
128Djibouti0.0
129Guyana0.0
130Namibia0.0
World Avg3.82
q=176.

7. The Natural Environment

#biodiversity #climate_change #the_environment

Environmental Performance (2018)32
Pos.Higher is better32
1Switzerland87.4
2France84.0
3Denmark81.6
...
119Tanzania50.8
120China50.7
121Thailand49.9
122Micronesia49.8
123Libya49.8
124Ghana49.7
125Timor-Leste (E. Timor)49.5
126Senegal49.5
World Avg56.4
q=180.
Convention on Biological Diversity
Pos.Earlier is better
Signed
1China1993 Dec 29
2Guinea1993 Dec 29
3Cook Islands1993 Dec 29
...
61UK1994 Sep 01
62Chad1994 Sep 05
63Gambia1994 Sep 08
64Micronesia1994 Sep 18
65Malaysia1994 Sep 22
66Benin1994 Sep 28
67France1994 Sep 29
68Netherlands1994 Oct 10
World Avg1899 Dec 30
q=197.

8. Economic Inequality and Poverty

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

Inequality in Life Expectancy (2019)33
Pos.Higher is worse33
184Chad40.90
183Central African Rep.40.10
182Sierra Leone39.00
...
121Dominican Rep.17.00
120Sao Tome & Principe17.00
119Tajikistan16.70
118Micronesia16.10
117Iraq15.90
116Philippines15.30
115Trinidad & Tobago14.90
114Fiji14.90
World Avg14.59
q=184.
Income Inequality (Gini Coefficient) (2017)34
Pos.Lower is better
%34
1Ukraine25.0
2Belarus25.4
3Slovenia25.4
...
96Uruguay39.5
97Sri Lanka39.8
98Iran40.0
99Micronesia40.1
100Philippines40.1
101Senegal40.3
102Argentina40.6
103Kenya40.8
World Avg38.1
q=152.

9. 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 below35:

Christian95.3%
Muslim0.1%
Hindu0.1%
Buddhist0.4%
Folk Religion2.7%
Jew0.1%
Unaffiliated0.9%

The CIA World Factbook has slightly different data, and states: Roman Catholic 52.7%, Protestant 41.7% (Congregational 40.1%, Baptist 0.9%, Seventh-Day Adventist 0.7%), other 3.8%, none or unspecified 0.8% (2000 Census)36.

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