The Human Truth Foundation

Puerto Rico (Commonwealth of Puerto Rico)

By Vexen Crabtree 2013

Puerto Rico
Commonwealth of Puerto Rico
StatusDependency (Commonwealth)
SovereigntyUSA
CapitalSan Juan
Land Area 8 870km21
LocationNorth America, The Americas, The Caribbean
GroupingsSmall Islands
Population
GNI
ISO3166-1 CodesPR, PRI, 6302
Internet Domain.pr3
CurrencyDollar (USD)4
Telephone+5

1. Overview

Populated for centuries by aboriginal peoples, the island was claimed by the Spanish Crown in 1493 following Christopher COLUMBUS' second voyage to the Americas. In 1898, after 400 years of colonial rule that saw the indigenous population nearly exterminated and African slave labor introduced, Puerto Rico was ceded to the US as a result of the Spanish-American War. Puerto Ricans were granted US citizenship in 1917. Popularly-elected governors have served since 1948. In 1952, a constitution was enacted providing for internal self government. In plebiscites held in 1967, 1993, and 1998, voters chose not to alter the existing political status with the US, but the results of a 2012 vote left open the possibility of American statehood.

CIA's The World Factbook (2013)6

Book CoverPuerto Rico is the fodder of many a Caribbean daydream for good reason: this natural jewel box can satisfy the lethargic beach bum, the sunrise rainforest explorer and the budding big-wave surfer. Golden sand, swashbuckling history and wildly diverse terrain make the sun-washed backyard of the United States a place fittingly hyped as the `Island of Enchantment.´ It´s the Caribbean´s only island where you can catch a wave before breakfast, hike a rainforest after lunch and race to the beat of a high-gloss, cosmopolitan city after dark.

Between blinking casinos and chirping frogs, Puerto Rico is also a land of dynamic contrasts, where the breezy gate of the Caribbean is bedeviled by the hustle of contemporary America. While modern conveniences make it simple for travelers, the condo-lined concrete jungle might seem a bit too close to home. A quick visit for Puerto Rico´s beaches, historic forts and craps tables will quicken a visitor´s pulse, but the island´s singular essence only reveals itself to those who go deeper, exploring the misty crags of the central mountains and crumbling facades of the island´s remote corners.

"The World" by Lonely Planet (2014)7

As a territory of the USA I do not have many specific statistics for this territory in its own right.

2. Puerto Rico's Human Rights, Equality & Tolerance

#homosexuality

Prejudice:

LGBT Equality (2017)8
Pos.Higher is better
Score8
1Netherlands103
2Belgium90
3Sweden86
4Brazil81
5Spain79
6France78
7S. Africa78
8Uruguay77
9Norway72
10Denmark72
11Iceland72
12UK72
World Avg12.6
q=196.

3. Puerto Rico's Health

#alcohol #health

Health:

When it comes to public health, Puerto Rico has exemplary public policy and a uniquely healthy culture. The number of overweight adults has increased by 14% over the last 40 years.
Alcohol Consumption (2016)9
Pos.Lower is better
Per Capita9
1Bangladesh0.0
2Kuwait0.0
3Libya0.0
4Mauritania0.0
5Somalia0.0
6Yemen0.1
7Afghanistan0.2
8Saudi Arabia0.2
9Syria0.3
10Pakistan0.3
11Kiribati0.4
12Iraq0.4
World Avg6.2
q=189.

4. Puerto Rico's Modernity and Learning

#research #science #the_internet

Modernity and Education:

Research and Development (2016)
Pos.Higher is better
% RDP PPP
1S. Korea4.2910
2Israel4.1110
3Japan3.5810
...
63Qatar0.4711
64Cuba0.4712
65Macedonia0.4412
66Puerto Rico0.4412
67Jordan0.4313
68Mozambique0.4214
69Thailand0.3915
70Tanzania0.3814
World Avg0.84
q=126.

Technology and Information:

Internet Users (2016)16
Pos.Higher is better16
1Iceland100%
2Faroe Islands99%
3Norway98%
...
28S. Korea86%
29Australia85%
30Bahamas85%
31Puerto Rico83%
32Singapore83%
33Slovakia83%
34Spain82%
35Austria81%
World Avg48.1%
q=201.
IPv6 Uptake (2017)17
Pos.Higher is better
Ratio17
1Belgium55.4
2Germany41.8
3Switzerland35.1
...
63Moldova0.3
64UAE0.3
65Seychelles0.2
66Puerto Rico0.2
67Indonesia0.2
68S. Africa0.1
69Jersey0.1
70Sudan0.1
World Avg3.82
q=176.

5. National Culture

#charity #morals

Personal Charitability
(World Position, 2013-2016)
18
Pos.Lower is better18
1Myanmar (Burma)1.25
2USA1.5
3New Zealand3.5
...
30Thailand28.75
31Uzbekistan29
32Libya29
33Puerto Rico29
34Cyprus31
35Iran32
36Sweden33
37Turkmenistan33.75
World Avg68.1185897435897
q=156.

6. 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 below19:

Christian96.7%
Muslim0.1%
Hindu0.1%
Buddhist0.3%
Folk Religion0.8%
Jew0.1%
Unaffiliated1.9%

The CIA World Factbook has slightly different data, and states simply: Roman Catholic 85%, Protestant and other 15%20.

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