The Human Truth Foundation

Saint Vincent & the Grenadines

http://www.humantruth.info/saint_vincent_and_the_grenadines.html

By Vexen Crabtree 2013

St Vincent & the Grenadines
StatusIndependent State
Social and Moral Index111st best
CapitalKingstown
Land Area 390km21
LocationNorth America, The Americas, The Caribbean
GroupingsSmall Islands
Population0.1m2
Life Expectancy69.63yrs (2017)3
GNI$11 961 (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 #wealth

UN HDI (2021)11
Pos.Higher is better
Value11
1Switzerland0.962
2Norway0.961
3Iceland0.959
4Hong Kong0.952
5Australia0.951
...
86Mexico0.758
87Brazil0.754
88Colombia0.752
89St Vincent & Grenadines0.751
90Maldives0.747
91Azerbaijan0.745
The Americas Avg0.75
World Avg0.72
q=191.
Gross National Income Per-Capita (2021)11
Pos.Higher is better
PPP $11
1Liechtenstein$146 830
2Singapore$90 919
3Qatar$87 134
4Luxembourg$84 649
5Ireland$76 169
...
98Peru$12 246
99Equatorial Guinea$12 074
100St Lucia$12 048
101St Vincent & Grenadines$11 961
102Egypt$11 732
103Dominica$11 488
The Americas Avg$16 628
World Avg$20 136
q=193.
Social & Moral
Development Index
12,13
Pos.Lower is better
Avg Rank12,13
1Taiwan29.4
2Norway30.2
3Denmark31.1
4Sweden32.8
5Finland33.9
...
108Belize91.8
109Lebanon92.5
110Oman92.5
111St Vincent & Grenadines92.6
112Senegal93.0
113Kenya93.5
The Americas Avg81.8
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. St Vincent & the Grenadines's Demographics

#birth_control #demographics #health #immigration #life_expectancy #longevity #migration #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 (2018)2
Pos.
Population2
1China1.4b
2India1.4b
3USA327.1m
4Indonesia267.7m
5Pakistan212.2m
...
179Kiribati0.1m
180Micronesia0.1m
181Grenada0.1m
182St Vincent & Grenadines0.1m
183Tonga0.1m
184Seychelles97 096
World Avg39.0m
q=195.
Life Expectancy (2021)11
Pos.Higher is better
Years11
1Monaco85.9
2Hong Kong85.5
3Japan84.8
4Australia84.5
5Switzerland84.0
...
119Mexico70.2
120Honduras70.1
121Kyrgyzstan70.0
122St Vincent & Grenadines69.6
123Cambodia69.6
124Russia69.4
World Avg71.28
q=195.
Fertility Rate (2013)14
Pos.2.0 is best14
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)15
Pos.Lower is better
Per 10015
1Uganda04.3
2Mali04.5
3Chad04.7
4Burkina Faso04.7
5Sierra Leone04.8
...
114Azerbaijan18.7
115Colombia18.8
116Antigua & Barbuda19.0
117St Vincent & Grenadines19.7
118Seychelles19.8
119St Lucia19.9
World Avg18.3
q=185.

Migration:

Immigrants (2017)16
Pos.
%16
1UAE88.4%
2Kuwait75.5%
3Qatar65.2%
4Liechtenstein65.1%
5Monaco54.9%
...
87Tonga4.6%
88Venezuela4.5%
89Lithuania4.3%
90St Vincent & Grenadines4.2%
91Czechia4.1%
92Uganda3.9%
World Avg9.4%
q=195.
Emigrants (2010)17
Pos.
%17
1Dominica104.8%
2Palestine68.4%
3Samoa67.3%
4Grenada65.5%
5St Kitts & Nevis61.1%
...
12Suriname39.0%
13Bosnia & Herzegovina38.9%
14Palau38.8%
15St Vincent & Grenadines37.7%
16Cape Verde37.6%
17Jamaica36.1%
World Avg11.5%
q=192.

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

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

Compared to The Americas (2020)18,19
Pos.Lower is better
Avg Rank18,19
1Canada22.6
2Uruguay26.9
3Costa Rica36.7
4Chile41.4
5Argentina45.9
...
23Trinidad & Tobago86.4
24Suriname86.9
25Haiti87.8
26St Vincent & Grenadines89.6
27Belize94.1
28Cuba97.7
29Guyana102.9
The Americas Avg75.1
q=35.
Human Rights, Equality & Tolerance (2020)18,19
Pos.Lower is better
Avg Rank18,19
1Sweden9.9
2Denmark14.7
3Norway15.5
4Netherlands16.5
5New Zealand19.0
...
89Tajikistan88.0
90Azerbaijan88.6
91Ghana89.5
92St Vincent & Grenadines89.6
93Nepal90.1
94S. Sudan90.5
95Vatican City92.0
World Avg89.0
q=199.

The best countries in the world at ensuring human rights, fostering equality and promoting tolerance, are Sweden, Denmark and Norway18. These countries are displaying the best traits that humanity has to offer. The worst countries are The Solomon Islands, Palestine and Somalia18.

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, LGBT equality and freethought. The regions with the best average results per country are Scandinavia, Baltic States and Europe18, whereas the worst are Melanesia, Micronesia and Australasia18.

For more, see:

Human Rights & Tolerance:

Nominal Commitment to HR (2009)20
Pos.Higher is better
Treaties20
1Argentina24
2Chile23
3Costa Rica23
4Ecuador23
5Germany23
...
101Sierra Leone15
102Chad15
103Tanzania15
104St Vincent & Grenadines15
105Liberia15
106Libya15
The Americas Avg16.5
World Avg15.1
q=194.
HR Treaties Lag (2019)21
Pos.Lower is better
Avg Yrs/Treaty21
1Ecuador2.15
2Uruguay2.25
3Tunisia3.65
4Colombia3.68
5Costa Rica4.05
...
91Niger9.89
92Barbados9.94
93Algeria9.95
94St Vincent & Grenadines9.98
95Azerbaijan10.08
96Lebanon10.14
The Americas Avg8.45
World Avg10.02
q=195.

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
4Norway1913
5Denmark1915
...
87Nepal1951
88Dominica1951
89St Kitts & Nevis1951
90St Vincent & Grenadines1951
91Bolivia1952
92Ivory Coast1952
The Americas Avg1947
World Avg1930
q=189.

Prejudice:

LGBT Equality (2017)22
Pos.Higher is better
Score22
1Netherlands103
2Belgium90
3Sweden86
4Brazil81
5Spain79
...
137Papua New Guinea-10
138Sri Lanka-10
139Antigua & Barbuda-10
140St Vincent & Grenadines-10
141Mauritius-10
142Myanmar (Burma)-10
The Americas Avg26.1
World Avg12.6
q=196.
Freedom of Thought (2021)23
Pos.Lower is better23
1Belgium1.0
2Netherlands1.0
3Taiwan1.0
4Sao Tome & Principe1.3
5Ecuador1.3
...
35Antigua & Barbuda2.3
36Japan2.3
37Kiribati2.3
38St Vincent & Grenadines2.3
39Cape Verde2.3
40Botswana2.3
The Americas Avg2.7
World Avg3.0
q=196.

5. St Vincent & the Grenadines's Health

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

Compared to The Americas (2020)24,25
Pos.Lower is better
Avg Rank24,25
1Antigua & Barbuda75.6
2Brazil82.1
3Cuba82.4
4Canada83.5
5Barbados85.1
...
15USA92.4
16Costa Rica93.8
17Peru96.5
18St Vincent & Grenadines96.8
19Dominica98.0
20Panama98.1
21Paraguay98.4
The Americas Avg96.2
q=35.
Health (2020)24,25
Pos.Lower is better
Avg Rank24,25
1Monaco13.0
2Hong Kong18.3
3Maldives41.0
4Singapore42.6
5Japan51.0
...
105Djibouti95.7
106Indonesia95.8
107Peru96.5
108St Vincent & Grenadines96.8
109Vanuatu97.1
110Cape Verde97.3
111Seychelles97.3
World Avg93.5
q=196.

The countries with the best overall approach to public health, in terms of both public policy and individual lifestyle choices, are Monaco, Hong Kong and The Maldives24. These countries are worth emulating. And, although often through no fault of the average citizen, the worst countries are The Marshall Islands, S. Sudan and Palau24.

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 The Mediterranean24, whereas the worst are Micronesia, Australasia and Africa24.

For more, see:

Health:

St Vincent & the Grenadines does relatively well in encouraging good health, compared to many other countries. St Vincent & Grenadines does better than average in terms of its suicide rate26, its immunizations take-up27, its smoking rate28 and in its fertility rate14. St Vincent & Grenadines does not succeed in everything, however. St Vincent & Grenadines does worse than average when it comes to its adolescent birth rate29, its average life expectancy11 and in its alcohol consumption rate30. And finally, it is second-from-the-bottom in terms of its food aid and health contributions and WHO compliance31. The prevalence of overweight adults has increased by 14% over the past 40 years.
Life Expectancy (2021)11
Pos.Higher is better
Years11
1Monaco85.9
2Hong Kong85.5
3Japan84.8
4Australia84.5
5Switzerland84.0
...
119Mexico70.2
120Honduras70.1
121Kyrgyzstan70.0
122St Vincent & Grenadines69.6
123Cambodia69.6
124Russia69.4
The Americas Avg72.58
World Avg71.28
q=195.
Alcohol Consumption (2016)30
Pos.Lower is better
Per Capita30
1Bangladesh0.0
2Kuwait0.0
3Libya0.0
4Mauritania0.0
5Somalia0.0
...
120Malta8.1
121Macedonia8.1
122Burkina Faso8.2
123St Vincent & Grenadines8.2
124Dominica8.2
125Thailand8.3
The Americas Avg6.9
World Avg6.2
q=189.
Fertility Rate (2013)14
Pos.2.0 is best14
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
The Americas Avg2.29
World Avg2.81
q=180.
Smoking Rates (2014)28
Pos.Higher is worse28
182Montenegro4 125
181Belarus3 831
180Lebanon3 023
179Macedonia2 732
178Russia2 690
...
68Antigua & Barbuda 362
67Colombia 359
66Hong Kong 345
65St Vincent & Grenadines 338
64Barbados 333
63Mexico 329
The Americas Avg 457
World Avg 819
q=182.
Suicide Rate (2013)26
Pos.
Per 100k26
1Haiti0
2Grenada0
3Egypt0.1
4Jordan0.2
5Maldives0.7
...
16Malta6.9
17Greece7
18Paraguay7.1
19St Vincent & Grenadines7.3
20Guatemala7.3
21Barbados7.3
The Americas Avg13.57
World Avg20.93
q=91.
Food Aid, Health Contributions & WHO Compliance (2017)31
Pos.Lower is better
Rank31
1Sweden1
2Ireland2
3Denmark3
4UK4
5Norway5
...
158Belize158
159Algeria159
160Senegal160
161Mauritania161
162St Vincent & Grenadines162
163Angola163
The Americas Avg94.3
World Avg82.0
q=163.
Overweight Adults (2016)32
Pos.Lower is better
%32
1Vietnam18.3
2India19.7
3Bangladesh20.0
4Ethiopia20.9
5Nepal21.0
...
93Armenia54.4
94Belize54.8
95Haiti54.9
96St Vincent & Grenadines55.0
97Solomon Islands55.0
98Denmark55.4
The Americas Avg57.4
World Avg49.0
q=191.

Children's Health:

Adolescent Birth Rate (2015)29
Pos.Lower is better
Per 100029
1N. Korea0.5
2S. Korea1.6
3Switzerland2.9
4Hong Kong3.2
5Slovenia3.8
...
108Peru49.1
109Indonesia49.6
110Colombia50.2
111St Vincent & Grenadines51.0
112Cambodia51.6
113Egypt51.9
The Americas Avg56.6
World Avg47.9
q=185.
Infant Immunizations 2011-2015 (2015)27
Pos.Higher is better
Avg %27
1Hungary99.0
2China99.0
3Uzbekistan98.9
4Niue98.8
5Mongolia98.7
...
26Cook Islands97.3
27Greece97.3
28Turkmenistan97.2
29St Vincent & Grenadines97.2
30Dominica97.1
31Kazakhstan97.1
The Americas Avg91.3
World Avg88.3
q=194.

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

#education #modernity #technology #the_internet

Compared to The Americas (2020)33
Pos.Lower is better
Avg Rank33
1Canada20.0
2USA27.3
3Argentina42.6
4Chile50.7
5Puerto Rico54.0
...
27US Virgin Islands86.0
28Panama89.3
29Greenland90.0
30St Vincent & Grenadines90.3
31Bolivia91.6
32Jamaica97.8
33St Lucia97.8
The Americas Avg80.9
q=41.
Modernity and Learning (2020)33
Pos.Lower is better
Avg Rank33
1Finland8.7
2Taiwan10.0
3Estonia15.7
4Denmark15.9
5Switzerland16.4
...
116Panama89.3
117Mongolia90.0
118Greenland90.0
119St Vincent & Grenadines90.3
120Tajikistan90.3
121Bolivia91.6
122Brunei91.6
World Avg82.9
q=205.

Modernity and Education:

Length of Schooling (2021)34
Pos.Higher is better
Years34
1Australia21.1
2New Zealand20.3
3Greece20.0
4Belgium19.6
5Sweden19.4
...
64Bolivia14.9
65Mexico14.9
66Fiji14.7
67St Vincent & Grenadines14.7
68Algeria14.6
69Ecuador14.6
The Americas Avg14.2
World Avg13.5
q=193.
Intellectual Endeavours (2017)31
Pos.Lower is better
Rank31
1Ukraine1
2Czechia2
3Hungary3
4Denmark4
5UK5
...
94Malawi94
95Mexico95
96Guinea96
97St Vincent & Grenadines97
98Zimbabwe98
99Panama99
The Americas Avg99.8
World Avg82.0
q=163.

Technology and Information:

Internet Users (2016)35
Pos.Higher is better35
1Iceland100%
2Faroe Islands99%
3Norway98%
4Bermuda97%
5Andorra97%
...
76Bosnia & Herzegovina62%
77Azerbaijan61%
78Belarus61%
79St Vincent & Grenadines60%
80St Lucia59%
81Bulgaria59%
The Americas Avg56.4%
World Avg48.1%
q=201.
IPv6 Uptake (2017)36
Pos.Higher is better
Ratio36
1Belgium55.4
2Germany41.8
3Switzerland35.1
4USA35.0
5Greece33.5
...
167St Lucia0.0
168Dominica0.0
169Cuba0.0
170St Vincent & Grenadines0.0
171Montenegro0.0
172Libya0.0
The Americas Avg3.36
World Avg3.82
q=176.

7. National Culture

#corruption #politics

Corruption (2012-2016)37
Pos.Higher is better
Avg Score37
1Denmark90.8
2New Zealand90.6
3Finland89.4
4Sweden88.2
5Norway86.0
...
31Botswana63.0
32Portugal62.8
33Cyprus61.6
34St Vincent & Grenadines61.5
35Israel61.2
36Taiwan61.2
The Americas Avg44.85
World Avg43.05
q=176.
Creativity and Culture (2017)31
Pos.Lower is better
Rank31
1Belgium1
2Netherlands2
3Estonia3
4Switzerland4
5Sweden5
...
40Marshall Islands40
41Malaysia41
42Namibia42
43St Vincent & Grenadines43
44Cyprus44
45Japan45
The Americas Avg80.2
World Avg82.0
q=163.
Open Trading, Aid and Development (2017)31
Pos.Lower is better
Rank31
1Ireland1
2Denmark2
3Sweden3
4Netherlands4
5Switzerland5
...
141Belize141
142Slovakia142
143Tanzania143
144St Vincent & Grenadines144
145Samoa145
146Jamaica146
The Americas Avg100.5
World Avg82.0
q=163.

8. Peace Versus Instability

Peacekeeping and Security (2017)31
Pos.Lower is better
Rank31
1Samoa1
2S. Africa2
3Tunisia3
4Egypt4
5Nigeria5
...
139St Lucia139
140Kuwait140
141Saudi Arabia141
142St Vincent & Grenadines142
143Belize143
144Haiti144
The Americas Avg82.3
World Avg82.0
q=163.
Refugees and UN Treaties (2017)31
Pos.Lower is better
Rank31
1Austria1
2Germany2
3Netherlands3
4Sweden4
5Malta5
...
131Antigua & Barbuda131
132Azerbaijan132
133Togo133
134St Vincent & Grenadines134
135Afghanistan135
136Trinidad & Tobago136
The Americas Avg91.5
World Avg82.0
q=163.

9. The Natural Environment

#biodiversity #climate_change #deforestation #over-exploitation #the_environment

Forest Area Change 1990-2015 (2015)38
Pos.Higher is better
%38
1Iceland+205.6
2Bahrain+144.4
3Uruguay+131.3
4Kuwait+81.2
5Dominican Rep.+79.5
...
45Netherlands+09.3
46Switzerland+09.0
47Ghana+08.2
48St Vincent & Grenadines+08.0
49Costa Rica+07.5
50Romania+07.4
The Americas Avg-00.2
World Avg+02.8
q=184.
Environmental Performance (2018)39
Pos.Higher is better39
1Switzerland87.4
2France84.0
3Denmark81.6
4Malta80.9
5Sweden80.5
...
33Czechia67.7
34Slovenia67.6
35Trinidad & Tobago67.4
36St Vincent & Grenadines66.5
37Latvia66.1
38Turkmenistan66.1
The Americas Avg58.8
World Avg56.4
q=180.
Convention on Biological Diversity
Pos.Earlier is better
Signed
1China1993 Dec 29
2Guinea1993 Dec 29
3Cook Islands1993 Dec 29
4Vanuatu1993 Dec 29
5Papua New Guinea1993 Dec 29
...
147Ireland1996 Jun 20
148Bulgaria1996 Jul 16
149Rwanda1996 Aug 27
150St Vincent & Grenadines1996 Sep 01
151Slovenia1996 Oct 07
152Cyprus1996 Oct 08
The Americas Avg1899 Dec 30
World Avg1899 Dec 30
q=197.

10. Economic Inequality and Poverty

#health #inequality #life_expectancy

Inequality in Life Expectancy (2019)40
Pos.Higher is worse40
184Chad40.90
183Central African Rep.40.10
182Sierra Leone39.00
181Somalia38.90
180Nigeria37.10
...
93Ecuador11.50
92N. Korea11.50
91Kyrgyzstan11.30
90St Vincent & Grenadines11.30
89Grenada11.20
88Belize11.10
The Americas Avg12.03
World Avg14.59
q=184.

11. 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 below41:

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%42.

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