The Human Truth Foundation

Saint Vincent & the Grenadines

By Vexen Crabtree 2013


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St Vincent & the Grenadines
StatusIndependent State
Social and Moral Index116th best
CapitalKingstown
Land Area 390km21
LocationNorth America, The Americas, The Caribbean
GroupingsSmall Islands
Population0.1m (2011)2
Life Expectancy73.04yrs (2017)3
GNI$10 372 (2017)4
ISO3166-1 CodesVC, VCT, 6705
Internet Domain.vc6
CurrencyDollar (XCD)7
Telephone+8

1. Overview

#france #UK

Resistance by native Caribs prevented colonization on Saint Vincent until 1719. Disputed between France and the United Kingdom for most of the 18th century, the island was ceded to the latter in 1783. Between 1960 and 1962, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines was a separate administrative unit of the Federation of the West Indies. Autonomy was granted in 1969 and independence in 1979.

CIA's The World Factbook (2013)9

Book CoverCaribbean fantasies converge on this collection of 32 islands at the south end of the Leeward Islands. Just the name St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) evokes visions of exotic, idyllic island life. Imagine an island chain in the heart of the Caribbean Sea, uncluttered by tourist exploitation; with white-sand beaches on deserted islands, sky-blue water gently lapping the shore and barely a soul around.

Once you get off the big island, with its traffic, hustle and noise, and out into the Grenadines, everything changes. There are 31 Grenadines, each one more tranquil than the next and each begging to be explored. Beaches stretch out before you, the pace of life slows to a crawl and the desire to go home vanishes.

These islands have enchanted sailors for centuries, and continue to do so. Whether you have your own vessel, are happy to hitch a ride or take one of the new ferries, the island-hopping opportunities are irresistible.

"The World" by Lonely Planet (2014)10

2. St Vincent & the Grenadines National and Social Development

#economics #human_development

UN HDI (2016)11
Pos.Lower is better
Rank11
1Norway1
2Australia2
3Switzerland2
...
97Suriname97
98Tunisia97
99Dominican Rep.99
100St Vincent & Grenadines99
101Tonga101
102Libya102
103Belize103
104Samoa104
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
...
95Ecuador$10 536
96Mongolia$10 449
97Maldives$10 383
98St Vincent & Grenadines$10 372
99Albania$10 252
100Tunisia$10 249
101Jordan$10 111
102Dominica$10 096
World Avg$17 240
q=193.
Social & Moral
Development Index
13,14
Pos.Lower is better
Avg Rank13,14
1Denmark28.3
2Norway29.1
3Finland29.7
...
112Tajikistan92.8
113Dominica93.8
114Indonesia94.7
115St Vincent & Grenadines95.1
116Belize96.6
117Nepal97.0
118Senegal97.2
119Suriname97.2
World Avg86.9
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. St Vincent & the Grenadines's Demographics

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

Population:

St Vincent & the Grenadines's population is predicted to rise to 110 781 by 2030. This country has a fertility rate of 2.01. 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 (2012)15
Pos.
Population15
1China1.4b
2India1.3b
3USA315.8m
...
177St Lucia0.2m
178Sao Tome & Principe0.2m
179Micronesia0.1m
180St Vincent & Grenadines0.1m
181Grenada0.1m
182Tonga0.1m
183Kiribati0.1m
184Antigua & Barbuda90 510
World Avg36.0m
q=195.
Life Expectancy (2015)12
Pos.Higher is better
Years12
1Hong Kong84.16
2Japan83.68
3Italy83.34
...
96Seychelles73.30
97El Salvador73.27
98Palestine73.07
99St Vincent & Grenadines73.04
100Paraguay73.00
101Tonga72.99
102Palau72.87
103Vanuatu72.11
World Avg71.27
q=190.
Fertility Rate (2013)16
Pos.2.0 is best16
1N. Korea2.00
2Brunei1.99
3St Vincent & Grenadines2.01
4France1.99
5Turkey2.04
6Australia1.96
7Uruguay2.05
8Norway1.95
9Myanmar (Burma)1.95
10Indonesia2.07
11Sweden1.93
12Tunisia1.93
World Avg2.81
q=180.
Old-Age Dependency Ratio (2016)17
Pos.Lower is better
Per 10017
1Uganda04.3
2Mali04.5
3Chad04.7
...
114Azerbaijan18.7
115Colombia18.8
116Antigua & Barbuda19.0
117St Vincent & Grenadines19.7
118Seychelles19.8
119St Lucia19.9
120Brazil19.9
121Argentina20.3
World Avg18.3
q=185.

Migration:

Immigrants (2010)18
Pos.
%18
1Qatar86.5%
2Monaco71.6%
3UAE70.0%
...
63Malaysia8.4%
64Dominica8.3%
65Slovenia8.1%
66St Vincent & Grenadines7.9%
67Ghana7.6%
68Suriname7.5%
69Italy7.4%
70Montenegro6.8%
World Avg9.2%
q=192.
Emigrants (2010)18
Pos.
%18
1Dominica104.8%
2Palestine68.4%
3Samoa67.3%
...
12Suriname39.0%
13Bosnia & Herzegovina38.9%
14Palau38.8%
15St Vincent & Grenadines37.7%
16Cape Verde37.6%
17Jamaica36.1%
18Armenia28.2%
19Trinidad & Tobago26.7%
World Avg11.5%
q=192.

4. St Vincent & the Grenadines's Human Rights, Equality & Tolerance

#gender_equality #homosexuality #human_rights #politics #women

Human Rights & Tolerance:

Nominal Commitment to HR (2009)19
Pos.Higher is better
Treaties19
1Argentina24
2Chile23
3Costa Rica23
...
101Sierra Leone15
102Chad15
103Tanzania15
104St Vincent & Grenadines15
105Liberia15
106Libya15
107Maldives15
108Andorra15
World Avg15.1
q=194.
LGBT Equality (2017)20
Pos.Higher is better
Score20
1Netherlands103
2Belgium90
3Sweden86
...
137Papua New Guinea-10
138Sri Lanka-10
139Antigua & Barbuda-10
140St Vincent & Grenadines-10
141Mauritius-10
142Myanmar (Burma)-10
143Barbados-10
144Ethiopia-14
World Avg12.6
q=196.

Gender Equality:

The 1950s saw a late rush of 43 countries, including St Vincent & Grenadines and many developing nations, move to cease preventing women from voting.

See:

Year Women Can Vote
Pos.Lower is better
Year
1New Zealand1893
2Australia1902
3Finland1906
...
87Nepal1951
88Dominica1951
89St Kitts & Nevis1951
90St Vincent & Grenadines1951
91Bolivia1952
92Ivory Coast1952
93Greece1952
94Lebanon1952
World Avg1930
q=189.

5. St Vincent & the Grenadines's Health

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

Health (2020)21,22
Pos.Lower is better
Avg Rank21,22
1Hong Kong18.0
2Singapore41.5
3Maldives43.3
...
98Ethiopia92.9
99Latvia93.8
100Mexico93.8
101St Vincent & Grenadines93.9
102Sao Tome & Principe94.0
103Cambodia94.0
104Russia94.5
105Peru94.6
106Andorra94.8
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 Maldives21. These countries are worth emulating. And, although often through no fault of the average citizen, the worst countries are S. Sudan, Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea21.

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 Europe, whereas the worst are Africa, Micronesia and Polynesia.

Health:

St Vincent & the Grenadines does relatively well in encouraging good health, compared to many other countries. St Vincent & Grenadines does better than average for its suicide rate23, its immunizations take-up24, its smoking rate25 and in its fertility rate16. St Vincent & Grenadines does not succeed in everything, however. It does worse than average in its average life expectancy12, its adolescent birth rate26 and in its alcohol consumption rate27. And finally, it is second-from-the-bottom in terms of its food aid and health contributions and WHO compliance28. The prevalence of overweight adults has increased by 14% during the last 40 years.
Life Expectancy (2015)12
Pos.Higher is better
Years12
1Hong Kong84.16
2Japan83.68
3Italy83.34
...
96Seychelles73.30
97El Salvador73.27
98Palestine73.07
99St Vincent & Grenadines73.04
100Paraguay73.00
101Tonga72.99
102Palau72.87
103Vanuatu72.11
World Avg71.27
q=190.
Alcohol Consumption (2016)27
Pos.Lower is better
Per Capita27
1Bangladesh0.0
2Kuwait0.0
3Libya0.0
...
120Malta8.1
121Macedonia8.1
122Burkina Faso8.2
123St Vincent & Grenadines8.2
124Dominica8.2
125Thailand8.3
126Ivory Coast8.4
127Botswana8.4
World Avg6.2
q=189.
Fertility Rate (2013)16
Pos.2.0 is best16
1N. Korea2.00
2Brunei1.99
3St Vincent & Grenadines2.01
4France1.99
5Turkey2.04
6Australia1.96
7Uruguay2.05
8Norway1.95
9Myanmar (Burma)1.95
10Indonesia2.07
11Sweden1.93
12Tunisia1.93
World Avg2.81
q=180.
Smoking Rates (2014)25
Pos.Higher is worse25
182Montenegro4 125
181Belarus3 831
180Lebanon3 023
...
68Antigua & Barbuda 362
67Colombia 359
66Hong Kong 345
65St Vincent & Grenadines 338
64Barbados 333
63Mexico 329
62Sri Lanka 322
61Sierra Leone 310
World Avg 819
q=182.
Suicide Rate (2013)23
Pos.
Per 100k23
1Haiti0
2Grenada0
3Egypt0.1
...
16Malta6.9
17Greece7
18Paraguay7.1
19St Vincent & Grenadines7.3
20Guatemala7.3
21Barbados7.3
22Belize7.3
23Bahrain7.5
World Avg20.93
q=91.
Food Aid, Health Contributions & WHO Compliance (2017)28
Pos.Lower is better
Rank28
1Sweden1
2Ireland2
3Denmark3
...
156Libya156
157Papua New Guinea157
158Belize158
159Algeria159
160Senegal160
161Mauritania161
162St Vincent & Grenadines162
163Angola163
World Avg82.0
q=163.
Overweight Adults (2016)29
Pos.Lower is better
%29
1Vietnam18.3
2India19.7
3Bangladesh20.0
...
93Armenia54.4
94Belize54.8
95Haiti54.9
96St Vincent & Grenadines55.0
97Solomon Islands55.0
98Denmark55.4
99Jamaica55.5
100Mongolia55.6
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
...
108Peru49.1
109Indonesia49.6
110Colombia50.2
111St Vincent & Grenadines51.0
112Cambodia51.6
113Egypt51.9
114St Lucia53.9
115Eritrea54.3
World Avg47.9
q=185.
Infant Immunizations 2011-2015 (2015)24
Pos.Higher is better
Avg %24
1Hungary99.0
2China99.0
3Uzbekistan98.9
...
26Cook Islands97.3
27Greece97.3
28Turkmenistan97.2
29St Vincent & Grenadines97.2
30Dominica97.1
31Kazakhstan97.1
32Albania97.1
33Andorra97.1
World Avg88.3
q=194.

6. St Vincent & the Grenadines's Modernity and Learning

#education #modernity #technology #the_internet

Modernity and Learning (2020)30
Pos.Lower is better
Avg Rank30
1Finland8.0
2Belgium9.1
3Denmark10.0
...
138Ivory Coast94.3
139Suriname94.8
140Nigeria95.3
141St Vincent & Grenadines95.5
142Burkina Faso95.7
143Benin97.0
144Syria97.7
145Mali98.1
146Togo99.4
World Avg69.0
q=180.

Modernity and Education:

Length of Schooling (2018)31
Pos.Higher is better
Years31
1Australia22.1
2Belgium19.7
3Finland19.3
...
85S. Africa13.7
86UAE13.6
87St Kitts & Nevis13.6
88St Vincent & Grenadines13.6
89Malaysia13.5
90Macedonia13.5
91Kyrgyzstan13.4
92Andorra13.3
World Avg13.2
q=193.
Intellectual Endeavours (2017)28
Pos.Lower is better
Rank28
1Ukraine1
2Czechia2
3Hungary3
...
94Malawi94
95Mexico95
96Guinea96
97St Vincent & Grenadines97
98Zimbabwe98
99Panama99
100Laos100
101Cameroon101
World Avg82.0
q=163.

Technology and Information:

Internet Users (2016)32
Pos.Higher is better32
1Iceland100%
2Faroe Islands99%
3Norway98%
...
76Bosnia & Herzegovina62%
77Azerbaijan61%
78Belarus61%
79St Vincent & Grenadines60%
80St Lucia59%
81Bulgaria59%
82Turkey58%
83Romania58%
World Avg48.1%
q=201.
IPv6 Uptake (2017)33
Pos.Higher is better
Ratio33
1Belgium55.4
2Germany41.8
3Switzerland35.1
...
167St Lucia0.0
168Dominica0.0
169Cuba0.0
170St Vincent & Grenadines0.0
171Montenegro0.0
172Libya0.0
173Jamaica0.0
174Fiji0.0
World Avg3.82
q=176.

7. National Culture

#corruption #politics

Corruption (2012-2016)34
Pos.Higher is better
Avg Score34
1Denmark90.8
2New Zealand90.6
3Finland89.4
...
31Botswana63.0
32Portugal62.8
33Cyprus61.6
34St Vincent & Grenadines61.5
35Israel61.2
36Taiwan61.2
37Poland60.8
38Spain60.0
World Avg43.05
q=176.
Creativity and Culture (2017)28
Pos.Lower is better
Rank28
1Belgium1
2Netherlands2
3Estonia3
...
40Marshall Islands40
41Malaysia41
42Namibia42
43St Vincent & Grenadines43
44Cyprus44
45Japan45
46Moldova46
47Greece47
World Avg82.0
q=163.
Open Trading, Aid and Development (2017)28
Pos.Lower is better
Rank28
1Ireland1
2Denmark2
3Sweden3
...
141Belize141
142Slovakia142
143Tanzania143
144St Vincent & Grenadines144
145Samoa145
146Jamaica146
147Syria147
148Iran148
World Avg82.0
q=163.

8. Peace Versus Instability

Peacekeeping and Security (2017)28
Pos.Lower is better
Rank28
1Samoa1
2S. Africa2
3Tunisia3
...
139St Lucia139
140Kuwait140
141Saudi Arabia141
142St Vincent & Grenadines142
143Belize143
144Haiti144
145Libya145
146Croatia146
World Avg82.0
q=163.
Refugees and UN Treaties (2017)28
Pos.Lower is better
Rank28
1Austria1
2Germany2
3Netherlands3
...
131Antigua & Barbuda131
132Azerbaijan132
133Togo133
134St Vincent & Grenadines134
135Afghanistan135
136Trinidad & Tobago136
137Nigeria137
138Cambodia138
World Avg82.0
q=163.

9. The Natural Environment

#biodiversity #climate_change #over-exploitation #the_environment

Forest Area Change 1990-2015 (2015)35
Pos.Higher is better
%35
1Iceland205.6
2Bahrain144.4
3Uruguay131.3
...
45Netherlands09.3
46Switzerland09.0
47Ghana08.2
48St Vincent & Grenadines08.0
49Costa Rica07.5
50Romania07.4
51Cyprus07.2
52Fiji06.7
World Avg02.8
q=184.
Environmental Performance (2018)36
Pos.Higher is better36
1Switzerland87.4
2France84.0
3Denmark81.6
...
33Czechia67.7
34Slovenia67.6
35Trinidad & Tobago67.4
36St Vincent & Grenadines66.5
37Latvia66.1
38Turkmenistan66.1
39Seychelles66.0
40Albania65.5
World Avg56.4
q=180.
Convention on Biological Diversity
Pos.Earlier is better
Signed
1China1993 Dec 29
2Guinea1993 Dec 29
3Cook Islands1993 Dec 29
...
147Ireland1996 Jun 20
148Bulgaria1996 Jul 16
149Rwanda1996 Aug 27
150St Vincent & Grenadines1996 Sep 01
151Slovenia1996 Oct 07
152Cyprus1996 Oct 08
153Trinidad & Tobago1996 Oct 30
154Congo, (Brazzaville)1996 Oct 30
World Avg1899 Dec 30
q=197.

10. 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 below37:

Christian88.7%
Muslim1.5%
Hindu3.4%
Buddhist0.1%
Folk Religion2%
Jew0.1%
Unaffiliated2.5%

The CIA World Factbook has slightly different data, and states: Protestant 75% (Anglican 47%, Methodist 28%), Roman Catholic 13%, other (includes Hindu, Seventh-Day Adventist, other Protestant) 12%38.

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