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Paraguay (Republic of Paraguay)

By Vexen Crabtree 2013

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Paraguay
Republic of Paraguay
StatusIndependent State
Social and Moral Index92nd best
CapitalAsuncion
Land Area1 397 300 km2
LocationSouth America, The Americas
Population26.683 million
Life Expectancy372.68yrs (2012)
GNI3$4 497
ISO3166-1 Codes4PY, PRY, 600
Internet Domain5.py
Currency6Guarani (PYG)
Telephone7+595

1. Overview

Paraguay achieved its independence from Spain in 1811. In the disastrous War of the Triple Alliance (1865-70) - between Paraguay and Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay - Paraguay lost two-thirds of all its adult males and much of its territory. The country stagnated economically for the next half century. Following the Chaco War of 1932-35 with Bolivia, Paraguay gained a large part of the Chaco lowland region. The 35-year military dictatorship of Alfredo STROESSNER ended in 1989, and, despite a marked increase in political infighting in recent years, Paraguay has held relatively free and regular presidential elections since the country's return to democracy.

CIA's The World Factbook (2013)8

2. Paraguay National and Social Development

UN's Human Development Index
Country2012
score
Average
1980-2010
1Norway95.587.3
2Australia93.888.9
3USA93.787.8
...
108Mongolia67.558.1
109Bolivia67.558.5
110Palestine67.064.0
111Paraguay66.959.8
112Egypt66.253.3
113Moldova66.061.5
114Philippines65.459.1
115Uzbekistan65.463.6
116Syria64.856.5
117Micronesia64.563.5
118Guyana63.655.0
119Botswana63.456.4
120Honduras63.253.9
Data Source
Social and Moral Development
CountryScore
1Sweden88.9
2Iceland87.4
3Denmark87.2
...
89Tonga56.1
90Colombia55.7
91Libya55.7
92Paraguay55.5
93El Salvador55.4
94Ecuador55.3
95Qatar55.3
96UAE55.3
97Guatemala55.2
98Armenia55.1
99Russia54.9
100Swaziland54.5
101Honduras54.5
102Kazakhstan54.4
Data Source

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 values in the chart are factored by 100.

The Social and Moral Development Index is a formulaic aggregation of many factors. It concentrates on moral issues and human rights, violence, equality, tolerance, freedom and effectiveness in climate change mitigation and environmentalism. 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: "What is the Best Country in the World? An Index of Morality, Conscience and Good Life" by Vexen Crabtree (2017).

3. Population and Life Expectancy

Life Expectancy (at birth)
1Japan83.6
2Hong Kong83
3Switzerland82.5
...
99Palestine73
100Lebanon72.8
101Antigua & Barbuda72.8
102Paraguay72.7
103Samoa72.7
104Tonga72.5
105St Vincent & Grenadines72.5
106Lithuania72.5
Data Source
Fertility Rate
1Korea, N.2.0
2Brunei2.0
3St Vincent & Grenadines2.0
...
114Malta1.3
115Syria2.8
116Bosnia & Herzegovina1.1
117Paraguay2.9
118Hong Kong1.1
119Israel2.9
120Jordan2.9
121Honduras3.0
Data Source
Population (m=millions)
CountryPeoplePer km2
1China1 353.6m145
2India1 258.35m423
3USA 315.79m35
...
99Hong Kong7.196m6906
100Papua New Guinea7.17m16
101Tajikistan7.079m51
102Paraguay6.683m17
103Libya6.469m4
104Jordan6.457m73
105Laos6.374m28
Data Source

Paraguay's population is predicted to rise to 8.67 million by 2030. This country has a fertility rate of 2.87.

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.

4. Gender Equality

Female Vote and Stand
1New Zealand1893
2Australia1902
3Finland1906
...
126Cyprus1960
127Gambia1960
128El Salvador1961
129Paraguay1961
130Sierra Leone1961
131Malawi1961
132Burundi1961
133Mauritania1961
Gender Equality
1Netherlands0.04
2Sweden0.05
3Denmark0.06
...
92Bhutan0.46
93Venezuela0.47
94Suriname0.47
95Paraguay0.47
96Cambodia0.47
97Bolivia0.47
98Burundi0.48
99Jordan0.48
Data Source

Gender inequality is not a necessary part of early human development. Although a separation of roles is almost universal due to different strengths between the genders, this does not have to mean that women are subdued, and, such patriarchialism is not universal in ancient history. Those cultures and peoples who shed, or never developed, the idea that mankind ought to dominate womankind, are better cultures and peoples than those who, even today, cling violently to those mores.

Paraguay is an unequal country, with male rights dominating those of women.

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5. Religion and Beliefs

#buddhism #christianity #hinduism #islam #judaism

Disbelief In God
1Vietnam81%
2Japan65%
3Sweden64%
...
82Bolivia1%
83Panama1%
84Brazil1%
85Paraguay1%
86Venezuela1%
87UAE0%
88Ivory Coast0%
89Benin0%
Data Source
How Many Are Religious?
1Estonia16%
2Sweden17%
3Denmark19%
...
73Kosovo90%
74UAE91%
75Kuwait91%
76Paraguay92%
77Pakistan92%
78Palestine93%
79Saudi Arabia93%
80Tunisia93%
Data Source

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 below9:

Christian96.9%
Muslim0.1%
Hindu0.1%
Buddhist0.1%
Folk Religion1.7%
Jew0.1%
Unaffiliated1.1%

The CIA World Factbook has slightly different data, and states: Roman Catholic 89.6%, Protestant 6.2%, other Christian 1.1%, other or unspecified 1.9%, none 1.1% (2002 census)10.

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6. The Internet

Internet Users in Population
1Iceland95.64
2Norway93.28
3Netherlands90.70
...
105Syria20.66
106Micronesia20.01
107Bolivia20.00
108Paraguay19.80
109Kyrgyzstan19.58
110Uzbekistan19.45
111Sao Tome & Principe18.80
112Pakistan16.78
Data Source

Internet access has become an essential research tool. It facilitates an endless list of life improvements, from the ability to network and socialize without constraint, to access to a seemingly infinite repository of technical and procedural information on pretty much any task. The universal availability of data has sped up industrial development and personal learning at the national and personal level. Individuals can read any topic they wish regardless of the locality of expert teachers, and, entire nations can develop their technology and understanding of the world simply because they are now exposed to advanced societies and moral discourses online. Like every communications medium, the Internet has issues and causes a small range of problems, but these are insignificant compared to the advantages of having an online populace.

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7. More Charts and Comparisons to Other Countries

Personal Charitability (2013-2016)11
CountryValue11
1Myanmar (Burma)1.25
2USA1.5
3New Zealand3.5
...
94Peru83.75
95Comoros84
96Vietnam84.5
97Paraguay84.75
98Argentina86.5
99Gabon86.75
100Bangladesh87.5
101Brazil88.5
Economic Freedom
1Hong Kong9.0
2Singapore8.8
3New Zealand8.4
...
84Thailand6.7
85S. Africa6.7
86Moldova6.7
87Paraguay6.7
88Mexico6.7
89Belize6.7
90Slovenia6.6
91Malawi6.6
Data Source
Global Peace Index
1Iceland1.11
2New Zealand1.24
3Denmark1.24
...
73Cyprus1.96
74Gambia1.96
75Gabon1.97
76Paraguay1.97
77Greece1.98
78Senegal1.99
79Peru2.00
80Nepal2.00
Data Source
Average IQ
1Singapore108
2Korea, S.106
3Taiwan105
...
74Saudi Arabia84
75Colombia84
76Venezuela84
77Paraguay84
78Panama84
79Iran84
80Pakistan84
81UAE84
Data Source
Human Rights Treaties
1Argentina24
2Ecuador23
3Germany23
...
9Uruguay23
10Chile23
11Costa Rica23
12Paraguay23
13Peru23
14Austria22
15Denmark22
16Croatia22
Data Source
Press Freedom Index
1Finland99.0
2Netherlands99.0
3Norway99.0
...
87Madagascar99.3
88Gabon99.3
89Timor-Leste (E. Timor)99.3
90Paraguay99.3
91Guinea-Bissau99.3
92Seychelles99.3
93Northern Cyprus99.3
94Guatemala99.3
Data Source
R & D Spending
Country% RDP PPP
1Korea, S.4.2912
2Israel4.1112
3Japan3.5812
...
108Myanmar (Burma)0.1113
109Philippines0.1114
110Peru0.1015
111Paraguay0.0916
112Congo, DR0.0817
113Indonesia0.0818
114Saudi Arabia0.0717
115Algeria0.0715
Gross National Income
1Qatar$87 478
2Liechtenstein$84 880
3Kuwait$52 793
...
112Georgia$5 005
113Angola$4 812
114Syria$4 674
115Paraguay$4 497
116Bolivia$4 444
117Morocco$4 384
118Mongolia$4 245
119Guatemala$4 235
Data Source
Happiness
1Denmark7.8
2Netherlands7.6
3Norway7.6
...
52Malaysia5.8
53Moldova5.8
54Vietnam5.8
55Paraguay5.8
56Bolivia5.8
57Turkmenistan5.8
58Jordan5.7
59Nicaragua5.7
Data Source
Environmental Performance
1Iceland93.5
2Switzerland89.1
3Costa Rica86.4
...
57Sri Lanka63.7
58Georgia63.6
59USA63.5
60Paraguay63.5
61Brazil63.4
62Poland63.1
63Venezuela62.9
64Bulgaria62.5
Data Source
Gay Equality
1Netherlands405
2Belgium350
3Canada280
...
22Italy115
23Guatemala115
24Poland115
25Paraguay110
26Honduras110
27Monaco110
28Japan110
29Turkey100
Data Source

Current edition: 2013 May 01
http://www.humantruth.info/paraguay.html
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References: (What's this?)

Charities Aid Foundation
World Giving Index. On www.cafonline.org.

CIA
(2013) World Factbook. The USA Government's Central Intelligence Agency (USA CIA) publishes The World Factbook, and the online version is frequently updated.

Crabtree, Vexen
(2017) "What is the Best Country in the World? An Index of Morality, Conscience and Good Life" (2017). Accessed 2017 Feb 20.

Gallup
(2009) Religiosity. gallup.com/poll/142727/.... The survey question was "Is religion an important part of your daily life?" and results are charted for those who said "yes". 1000 adults were polled in each of 114 countries.

Lynn, Harvey & Nyborg
(2009) Average intelligence predicts atheism rates across 137 nations. Richard Lynn, John Harvey and Helmuth Nyborg article "Average intelligence predicts atheism rates across 137 nations" in Intelligence (2009 Jan/Feb) vol. 37 issue 1 pages 11-15. Online at www.sciencedirect.com, accessed 2009 Sep 15.

OECD
(2016) Research and development (R&D) - Gross domestic spending on R&D. Data from data.oecd.org. Accessed 2016 Sep 28.

UNESCO
Research and Development and a Percent of GDP PPP. Data from unesdoc.unesco.org. Accessed 2016 Sep 30.

United Nations
(2011) Human Development Report. This edition had the theme of Sustainability and Equity: A Better Future for All. Published on the United Nation's website at hdr.undp.org/.../HDR_2011_EN_Complete.pdf (accessed throughout 2013, Jan-Mar). UN Development Program: About the Human Development Index.
(2013) Human Development Report. This edition had the theme of The Rise of the South: Human Progress in a Diverse World. Published on the United Nation's HDR website at hdr.undp.org/.../hdr2013/ (accessed throughout 2013). UN Development Program: About the Human Development Index.

World Bank
Research and Development and a Percent of GDP PPP. Data from databank.worldbank.org. Accessed 2016 Sep 29.

Footnotes

  1. World Bank data on data.worldbank.org accessed 2013 Nov 04.^
  2. UN (2011) .^
  3. UN (2013) .^
  4. International Standards Organisation (ISO) standard ISO3166-1, on www.iso.org, accessed 2013 May 01.^
  5. Top level domains (TLDs) are managed by the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) on www.iana.org.^
  6. According to ISO4217.^
  7. According to ITU-T.^
  8. CIA (2013) https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/pa.html accessed 2014 Apr 27.^
  9. Pew Forum (2012) publication "The Global Religious Landscape: A Report on the Size and Distribution of the World´s Major Religious Groups as of 2010" (2012 Dec 18) accessed 2013 May 01.^
  10. CIA (2013) https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/ar.html accessed 2014 Apr 27.^
  11. Charities Aid Foundation . Average ranking across years 2013-2016. Lower is better.^
  12. OECD (2016) data for year 2014.^
  13. World Bank data for year 2000.^
  14. World Bank data for year 2007.^
  15. UNESCO data for year 2007.^
  16. World Bank data for year 2012.^
  17. World Bank data for year 2009.^
  18. World Bank data for year 2013.^

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