The Human Truth Foundation

Which are the Best Countries in the Middle East?

By Vexen Crabtree 2013

#cyprus #human_development #israel #middle_east #morality #news #qatar #religious_intolerance #the_middle_east

Social & Moral
Development Index
1,2
Pos.Lower is better
Avg Rank1,2
1Cyprus55.6
2Israel67.5
3Turkey77.4
4UAE77.9
5Qatar80.4
6Jordan80.6
7Kuwait85.2
8Saudi Arabia88.6
9Oman89.1
10Lebanon89.6
The Middle East Avg89.8
World Avg86.4
q=16.

Almost exclusively dominated by Muslim countries, the Middle East in general has severe problems with human rights, gender equality and cultural misogyny, religious tolerance3 and LGBT equality. It is the Arabian and Islamic countries in this region where human rights is poor4. Acceptance of democratic and human-rights principles is largely impossible given the prominence of Islamic theocracy, and religion-based persecution is at its most severe in this area3. The two countries that do not fit in this pattern bear these criticisms out: Cyprus and Israel are both non-Islamic states and they come 1st and 2nd on the Social and Moral Index for this region.

There are 17 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)
Population5
Social & Moral
Lower is better

Avg Rank1,2
Gross National
Income (2011)
Higher is better
PPP $6
UN HDI (2016)
Lower is better

Rank7
Land Area (2011)
km28
People
Per km2
Lower is better
1Egypt98.4m92.6$10 064111 995 450 99
2Turkey82.3m77.4$18 70571 769 630 107
3Iran81.8m97.8$16 395691 628 550 50
4Iraq38.4m124.2$11 608121 434 320 88
5Saudi Arabia33.7m88.6$51 320382 149 690 16
6Yemen28.5m122.6$2 300168 527 970 54
7Syria16.9m117.2$2 441149 183 630 92
8Jordan10.0m80.6$10 11186 88 780 112
9UAE9.6m77.9$66 20342 83 600 115
10Israel8.4m67.5$31 21519 21 640 387
11Lebanon6.9m89.6$13 31276 10 230 671
12Palestine4.9m$5 256114
13Oman4.8m89.1$34 40252 309 500 16
14Kuwait4.1m85.2$76 07551 17 820 232
15Qatar2.8m80.4$129 91633 11 610 240
16Bahrain1.6m90.2$37 23647 7602 065
17Cyprus1.2m55.6$29 45933 9 240 129
The Middle East Avg25.6m89.8$32 11975.3 452 651 56
World Avg39.0m86.4$17 24094.3 620 450 63
q=17.

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. Emigration and Immigration

#emigration #immigration #migration #the_middle_east

Pos.Immigrants (2017)
%9
Emigrants (2010)
%10
1UAE88.4%1.2%
2Kuwait75.5%8.5%
3Qatar65.2%0.7%
4Bahrain48.4%3.7%
5Oman44.7%0.5%
The Middle East Avg28.6%9.8%
q=17.

The countries in The Middle East with the highest percent of immigrants in their populations are UAE (88.4%), Kuwait (75.5%) and Qatar (65.2%), although the average for The Middle East is 29%. And emigration: Palestine (68.4%), Cyprus (17.0%) and Lebanon (15.6%). The average regional emigration rate is 10%.

For full stats and comparisons, see: Which Country in the Middle East Has the Most Immigrants Or Emigrants?.

3. 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 Rank11,12
Health (2020)
Lower is better

Avg Rank13,12
Modernity and Learning (2020)
Lower is better

Avg Rank14
Demographics (2020)15
1Cyprus55.644.179.347.1
2Israel67.576.280.826.0
3Turkey77.481.685.640.0
4UAE77.9112.476.653.8
5Qatar80.4117.271.168.1
6Jordan80.698.887.571.8
7Kuwait85.2104.372.367.1
8Saudi Arabia88.6110.173.452.2
9Oman89.1118.757.976.1
10Lebanon89.697.092.371.9
11Bahrain90.2106.979.067.1
12Egypt92.6110.7100.665.4
13Iran97.8136.574.460.9
14Syria117.2128.7104.997.7
15Yemen122.6122.8111.4105.7
16Iraq124.2125.3132.0106.6
The Middle East Avg89.8109.586.267.8
World Avg86.489.892.369.0
q=16.

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.

4. 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 Norway11. These countries are displaying the best traits that humanity has to offer. The worst countries are Tuvalu, The Solomon Islands and Palestine11.

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 Europe11, whereas the worst are Micronesia, Melanesia and Australasia11.

The Arab World [is] a region where the mean and median levels of performance [at ensuring human rights and freedom] are probably most charitably labeled poor.

"Universal Human Rights in Theory and Practice" by Jack Donnelly (2013)16

Human Rights & Tolerance:

Pos.HRW (2017)
Score17
Nominal Commitment to HR (2009)
Higher is better
Treaties18
HR Treaties Lag (2019)
Lower is better
Avg Yrs/Treaty19
Personal, Civil & Economic Freedom (2014)
Lower is better
Rank20
Press Freedom (2013)
Lower is better21
Slavery (2018)
Lower is better

% Victims22
1Bahrain-51212.558862750.19
2Cyprus5205.813313830.42
3Egypt-7164.5214448660.55
4Iran-10910.8115773401.62
5Iraq-697.5544670.48
6Israel-51210.975232970.39
7Jordan-6147.759138470.18
8Kuwait-41210.3611128280.15
9Lebanon-51210.1410830150.17
10Oman-5913.4612041510.21
11Qatar-31011.3411732860.15
12Saudi Arabia-101013.7314456880.19
13Syria-10147.0215678530.73
14Turkey-2179.487346560.65
15UAE-6714.8111833490.17
16Yemen-7168.8815869220.31
17Palestine17.214309
The Middle East Avg-5.412.410.37111.345610.41
World Avg-1.915.110.0279.732490.65
q=17.

Qatar is host to the Arab region's unique news station, Al-Jazeera, counted by Julian McDougall23 as one of the five leading providers of global news, with 100 million viewers across the world24. It is surprisingly progressive for the region, but still outputs a lof of material that is prejudiced and problematic25,26.

Link: Qatar (State of Qatar): 12. Al-Jazeera News Station.

Gender Equality:

Pos.Gender Inequality (2015)27Year Women Can Vote
Lower is better
Year
1Bahrain0.231973
2Cyprus0.121960
3Egypt0.571956
4Iran0.511963
5Iraq0.531980
6Israel0.101948
7Jordan0.481974
8Kuwait0.332005
9Lebanon0.381952
10Oman0.281994
11Qatar0.542003
12Saudi Arabia0.260
13Syria0.551953
14Turkey0.331934
15UAE0.23
16Yemen0.771970
The Middle East Avg0.391838
World Avg0.361930
q=16. No data: 128

Prejudice:

Pos.Anti-Semite Opinions (2014)
%29
LGBT Equality (2017)
Higher is better

Score30
1Bahrain81-2
2Cyprus40
3Egypt75-27
4Iran56-19
5Iraq92-29
6Israel48
7Jordan8112
8Kuwait82-37
9Lebanon78-24
10Oman76-22
11Qatar80-54
12Saudi Arabia74-72
13Syria-84
14Turkey6925
15UAE80-34
16Yemen88-22
The Middle East Avg77.8-18.8
World Avg36.812.6
q=16. No data: 128

5. 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 Maldives13. These countries are worth emulating. And, although often through no fault of the average citizen, the worst countries are S. Sudan, Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea13.

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 Europe13, whereas the worst are Africa, Micronesia and Polynesia13.

Health:

Pos.Life
Expectancy (2015)

Years6
Alcohol Consumption (2016)
Lower is better

Per Capita31
Fertility Rate (2013)
2.0 is best
32
Smoking Rates (2014)
Lower is better
33
Suicide Rate (2013)
Per 100k34
Food Aid, Health Contributions & WHO Compliance (2017)
Lower is better

Rank35
Overweight Adults (2016)
Lower is better
%36
1Bahrain76.721.92.46 9697.59365.8
2Cyprus80.3310.81.461 6889.15959.1
3Egypt71.330.42.651 1880.17363.5
4Iran75.581.01.60 86911861.6
5Iraq69.630.44.571 22713564.6
6Israel82.563.82.911 3468.55164.3
7Jordan74.180.72.931 8550.21869.6
8Kuwait74.550.02.271 5173.62073.4
9Lebanon79.541.51.773 0236367.9
10Oman76.970.82.17 5772662.6
11Qatar78.322.02.20 6982571.7
12Saudi Arabia74.440.22.671 3951569.7
13Syria69.650.32.81 4598861.4
14Turkey75.532.02.041 5814466.8
15UAE77.123.81.70 7151467.8
16Yemen64.050.14.98 38811948.8
17Palestine73.074.31
The Middle East Avg74.921.92.681 2184.8360.164.9
World Avg71.276.22.81 81920.9382.049.0
q=17.

Children's Health:

Pos.Adolescent Birth Rate (2015)
Per 100027
Infant Immunizations 2011-2015 (2015)
Higher is better

Avg %37
1Bahrain13.598.2
2Cyprus5.095.3
3Egypt51.993.4
4Iran26.798.1
5Iraq84.070.7
6Israel9.795.2
7Jordan23.296.6
8Kuwait9.897.5
9Lebanon12.479.4
10Oman8.198.0
11Qatar10.795.6
12Saudi Arabia8.898.0
13Syria39.462.4
14Turkey27.695.5
15UAE29.794.0
16Yemen61.567.4
17Palestine58.6
The Middle East Avg28.389.7
World Avg47.988.3
q=17.

6. 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
38
Length of Schooling (2018)
Higher is better

Years39
Intellectual Endeavours (2017)
Lower is better

Rank35
Maths, Science & Reading (2015)
Higher is better

Score40
Religiosity (2009)
Lower is better

%41
IQ (2006)
Higher is better42
1Bahrain0.044359.6%15.311594
2Cyprus0.484380.3%14.731131375
3Egypt0.684365.3%13.1609781
4Iran0.314469.8%14.79084
5Iraq0.034548.0%11.11628487
6Israel4.114689.1%16.03414165195
7Jordan0.434784.0%11.965119784
8Kuwait0.304351.5%13.81279186
9Lebanon54.9%11.36811298782
10Oman0.174366.4%14.712383
11Qatar0.474867.5%12.2145122295
12Saudi Arabia0.074972.8%17.0819384
13Syria41.0%8.91408983
14Turkey1.014653.1%16.455127382
15UAE0.494570.7%13.68412989184
16Yemen28.0%8.71089985
17Palestine61.1%12.893
The Middle East Avg0.6662.5%13.393.0126487.284.8
World Avg0.8463.0%13.282.0138975.185.6
q=17.

Technology and Information:

Pos.Internet Users (2016)50Internet Freedom (2012)
Lower is better
51
IT Security (2013)
Lower is better
52
IPv6 Uptake (2017)
Higher is better

Ratio53
1Bahrain92%710.0
2Cyprus72%0.0
3Egypt33%590.4
4Iran49%900.850.1
5Iraq13%1.840.0
6Israel73%0.201.8
7Jordan46%450.0
8Kuwait80%0.930.0
9Lebanon76%0.0
10Oman71%1.720.0
11Qatar92%0.650.0
12Saudi Arabia65%710.936.8
13Syria30%830.0
14Turkey58%460.520.3
15UAE92%0.3
16Yemen25%0.0
17Palestine63%0.0
The Middle East Avg60.4%66.40.960.57
World Avg48.1%46.70.983.82
q=17.

7. National Culture

#charity #corruption #happiness #morals #politics

Pos.Personal Charitability
(World Position, 2013-2016)
54
Corruption (2012-2016)
Higher is better

Avg Score55
Happiness (2018)
Higher is better
56
Creativity and Culture (2017)
Lower is better

Rank35
Open Trading, Aid and Development (2017)
Lower is better

Rank35
1Bahrain1348.46.1105157
2Cyprus3161.65.84438
3Egypt112.2534.24.4123134
4Iran3227.24.7157148
5Iraq50.2516.64.5156153
6Israel45.2561.27.26399
7Jordan10248.65.29124
8Kuwait21.544.26.111083
9Lebanon77.2528.25.26631
10Oman45.812675
11Qatar967.46.411461
12Saudi Arabia4847.46.413685
13Syria43.6718.83.5152147
14Turkey12845.45.57540
15UAE1268.66.85349
16Yemen136.2518.43.4155137
17Palestine1354.7
The Middle East Avg62.2762542.635.35107.991.3
World Avg68.118589743589743.055.3882.082.0
q=17.

8. Peace Versus Instability

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

Pos.Global Peace Index (2012)57Peacekeeping and Security (2017)
Lower is better

Rank35
Refugees and UN Treaties (2017)
Lower is better

Rank35
Impact of Terrorism (2019)
Lower is better

Score58
1Bahrain2.25159773.20
2Cyprus1.9673170.42
3Egypt2.2241206.79
4Iran2.3283684.72
5Iraq3.191581159.24
6Israel2.84123844.53
7Jordan1.90311113.09
8Kuwait1.79140812.49
9Lebanon2.46153764.40
10Oman1.8911119
11Qatar1.4036940.03
12Saudi Arabia2.181411175.24
13Syria2.831311428.01
14Turkey2.3478396.53
15UAE1.79147530.05
16Yemen2.601571287.26
17Palestine5.18
The Middle East Avg2.25101.690.14.45
World Avg2.0282.082.02.78
q=17.

9. The Natural Environment

#biodiversity #climate_change #over-exploitation #the_environment

Pos.Forest Area Change 1990-2015 (2015)
%59
Environmental Performance (2018)
Higher is better
60
Energy to GDP Efficiency (2014)
Higher is better61
CBD
Earlier is better

Signed
Rational Beliefs on the Environment (2011)
Higher is better
%62
1Bahrain144.455.204.101996 Nov 2826.3%
2Cyprus07.272.612.991996 Oct 0871.0%
3Egypt65.961.211.761994 Aug 3130.1%
4Iran17.858.205.321996 Nov 0447.9%
5Iraq03.343.22009 Oct 2624.9%
6Israel25.075.011.111995 Nov 0527.6%
7Jordan-00.662.209.091994 Feb 1041.4%
8Kuwait81.262.307.582002 Oct 3119.6%
9Lebanon04.861.109.901995 Mar 1554.3%
10Oman00.051.306.291995 May 09
11Qatar67.806.491996 Nov 1926.5%
12Saudi Arabia00.057.507.042002 Jan 0127.2%
13Syria32.11996 Apr 0326.6%
14Turkey21.853.011.111997 May 1547.4%
15UAE31.758.908.132000 May 1020.8%
16Yemen00.012.501996 May 2143.2%
17Palestine01.02015 Apr 0227.5%
The Middle East Avg27.260.008.821899 Dec 3035.1%
World Avg02.856.409.291899 Dec 3039.9%
q=17.

10. Economic Inequality and Poverty

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

Pos.Inequality in Life Expectancy (2019)63Income Inequality (Gini Coefficient) (2017)
Lower is better
%64
Multidimensional Poverty (2018)
Lower is better
Severity65
1Bahrain5.50
2Cyprus3.6034.0
3Egypt11.6031.8.019
4Iran9.2040.0
5Iraq15.9029.5.033
6Israel3.3038.9
7Jordan10.6033.7.002
8Kuwait5.90
9Lebanon7.4031.8
10Oman6.70
11Qatar5.70
12Saudi Arabia6.40
13Syria13.00.029
14Turkey9.0041.9
15UAE5.20
16Yemen24.7036.7.241
17Palestine12.0033.7.004
The Middle East Avg9.1635.2.054
World Avg14.5938.1.154
q=17.

11. Demographics

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

Population:

Pos.Population (2018)
Population5
Life
Expectancy (2015)
Higher is better

Years6
Fertility Rate (2013)
2.0 is best
32
Old-Age Dependency Ratio (2016)
Lower is better

Per 10066
1Bahrain1.6m76.722.4608.7
2Cyprus1.2m80.331.4626.9
3Egypt98.4m71.332.6510.5
4Iran81.8m75.581.6013.4
5Iraq38.4m69.634.5706.0
6Israel8.4m82.562.9122.9
7Jordan10.0m74.182.9308.0
8Kuwait4.1m74.552.2706.8
9Lebanon6.9m79.541.7721.1
10Oman4.8m76.972.1707.8
11Qatar2.8m78.322.2005.1
12Saudi Arabia33.7m74.442.6709.5
13Syria16.9m69.652.8109.0
14Turkey82.3m75.532.0418.0
15UAE9.6m77.121.7007.7
16Yemen28.5m64.054.9805.7
17Palestine4.9m73.074.3106.5
The Middle East Avg25.6m74.922.6811.4
World Avg39.0m71.272.8118.3
q=17.

Migration:

Pos.Immigrants (2017)
%9
Emigrants (2010)
%10
1Bahrain48.4%3.7%
2Cyprus16.0%17.0%
3Egypt0.5%4.4%
4Iran3.3%1.7%
5Iraq1.0%4.9%
6Israel23.6%14.0%
7Jordan33.3%11.3%
8Kuwait75.5%8.5%
9Lebanon31.9%15.6%
10Oman44.7%0.5%
11Qatar65.2%0.7%
12Saudi Arabia37.0%0.7%
13Syria5.5%4.2%
14Turkey6.0%5.6%
15UAE88.4%1.2%
16Yemen1.4%4.7%
17Palestine5.2%68.4%
The Middle East Avg28.6%9.8%
World Avg9.4%11.5%
q=17.

12. Religion and Beliefs

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

Pos.Religiosity (2009)
%41
Disbelief In God (2007)
Higher is better
%67
Jews (2010)
%68
Christians (2010)
%68
Muslims (2010)
%68
Hindus (2010)
%68
Buddhists (2010)
%68
Folk Religion (2010)
%68
Unaffiliated (2010)
%68
1Bahrain940.614.570.39.82.50.11.9
2Cyprus750.173.225.30.10.20.11.2
3Egypt9700.15.194.90.10.10.10.1
4Iran40.10.299.00.10.10.10.1
5Iraq8400.10.899.00.10.10.10.1
6Israel511575.62.018.60.10.30.23.1
7Jordan00.12.297.20.10.40.10.1
8Kuwait9100.114.374.18.52.80.10.1
9Lebanon8730.138.361.30.10.20.10.3
10Oman00.16.585.95.50.80.10.2
11Qatar950.113.867.713.83.10.10.9
12Saudi Arabia9300.14.493.01.10.30.30.7
13Syria8900.15.292.80.10.10.12.0
14Turkey820.10.498.00.10.10.11.2
15UAE9100.112.676.96.62.00.11.1
16Yemen9900.10.299.00.60.10.10.1
17Palestine930.12.497.60.10.10.10.1
The Middle East Avg87.21.84.611.579.42.80.80.10.8
World Avg75.19.90.560.622.42.03.52.77.9
q=17.

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