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Sierra Leone (Republic of Sierra Leone)

By Vexen Crabtree 2013

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Sierra Leone
Republic of Sierra Leone
StatusIndependent State
Social and Moral Index143rd best
CapitalFreetown
Land Area1 71 620 km2
LocationAfrica
Population26.126 million
Life Expectancy348.132yrs (2012)
GNI3$ 881
ISO3166-1 Codes4SL, SLE, 694
Internet Domain5.sl
Currency6Leone (SLL)
Telephone7+232

1. Overview

Democracy is slowly being reestablished after the civil war from 1991 to 2002 that resulted in tens of thousands of deaths and the displacement of more than 2 million people (about a third of the population). The military, which took over full responsibility for security following the departure of UN peacekeepers at the end of 2005, is increasingly developing as a guarantor of the country's stability. The armed forces remained on the sideline during the 2007 and 2012 national elections but still look to the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Sierra Leone (UNIPSIL) - a civilian UN mission - to support efforts to consolidate peace. The new government's priorities include furthering development, creating jobs, and stamping out endemic corruption.

CIA's The World Factbook (2013)8

2. Sierra Leone National and Social Development

UN's Human Development Index
Country2012
score
Average
1980-2010
1Norway95.587.3
2Australia93.888.9
3USA93.787.8
...
174Liberia38.832.2
175Afghanistan37.426.7
176Guinea-Bissau36.435.1
177Sierra Leone35.926.9
178Guinea35.534.2
179Burundi35.525.2
180Central African Rep.35.230.9
181Eritrea35.134.5
182Mali34.425.2
183Burkina Faso34.332.9
184Chad34.030.6
185Mozambique32.725.4
186Niger30.422.3
Data Source
Social and Moral Development
CountryScore
1Sweden88.9
2Iceland87.4
3Denmark87.2
...
140Vanuatu47.5
141Liberia47.2
142Syria47.0
143Sierra Leone46.7
144Gabon46.3
145Papua New Guinea46.3
146Palestine46.2
147Myanmar (Burma)46.2
148Madagascar46.1
149Bangladesh45.7
150Nepal45.3
151Comoros44.7
152Guinea44.5
153Solomon Islands44.4
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
...
187Zambia49.4
188Swaziland48.9
189Afghanistan49.1
190Central African Rep.49.1
191Congo, DR48.7
192Lesotho48.7
193Guinea-Bissau48.6
194Sierra Leone48.1
Data Source
Fertility Rate
1Korea, N.2.0
2Brunei2.0
3St Vincent & Grenadines2.0
...
156Gambia4.7
157Mozambique4.8
158Comoros4.8
159Sierra Leone4.8
160Guinea-Bissau4.9
161Yemen5.0
162Equatorial Guinea5.0
163Guinea5.1
Data Source
Population (m=millions)
CountryPeoplePer km2
1China1 353.6m145
2India1 258.35m423
3USA 315.79m35
...
105Laos6.374m28
106Togo6.283m116
107El Salvador6.264m302
108Sierra Leone6.126m86
109Nicaragua5.955m49
110Denmark5.593m132
111Eritrea5.581m55
Data Source

Sierra Leone's population is predicted to rise to 8.532 million by 2030. These millions of extra people will all need space to live, food to eat, energy to consume, and will increase the burden on the planet's resources. This country has a fertility rate of 4.78.

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
...
127Gambia1960
128El Salvador1961
129Paraguay1961
130Sierra Leone1961
131Malawi1961
132Burundi1961
133Mauritania1961
134Rwanda1961
Gender Equality
1Netherlands0.04
2Sweden0.05
3Denmark0.06
...
137Cameroon0.63
138Ivory Coast0.63
139Mauritania0.64
140Sierra Leone0.64
141Mali0.65
142Central African Rep.0.65
143Liberia0.66
144Congo, DR0.68
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.

Sierra Leone culture has a severe problem with gender equality, with male rights dominating those of women. Things need to change.

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5. Religion and Beliefs

#buddhism #christianity #hinduism #islam #judaism

Disbelief In God
1Vietnam81%
2Japan65%
3Sweden64%
...
130Tanzania0%
131Saudi Arabia0%
132Guinea0%
133Haiti0%
134Rwanda0%
135Iraq0%
136Philippines0%
137Sierra Leone0%
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:

Christian20.9%
Muslim78%
Hindu0.1%
Buddhist0.1%
Folk Religion0.8%
Jew0.1%
Unaffiliated0.1%

The CIA World Factbook has slightly different data, and states simply: Muslim 60%, Christian 10%, indigenous beliefs 30%10.

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6. More Charts and Comparisons to Other Countries

Personal Charitability (2013-2016)11
CountryValue11
1Myanmar (Burma)1.25
2USA1.5
3New Zealand3.5
...
59Saudi Arabia48
60Iraq50.25
61Zambia51.5
62Sierra Leone51.67
63Kyrgyzstan52
64S. Africa53.25
65Nepal53.5
66Colombia55.75
Economic Freedom
1Hong Kong9.0
2Singapore8.8
3New Zealand8.4
...
118Syria6.1
119Nigeria6.0
120Burkina Faso6.0
121Sierra Leone6.0
122Senegal5.9
123Ukraine5.9
124Gabon5.9
125Argentina5.8
Data Source
Global Peace Index
1Iceland1.11
2New Zealand1.24
3Denmark1.24
...
49Namibia1.80
50Ghana1.81
51Zambia1.83
52Sierra Leone1.86
53Lesotho1.86
54Morocco1.87
55Tanzania1.87
56Djibouti1.88
Data Source
Average IQ
1Singapore108
2Korea, S.106
3Taiwan105
...
129Zimbabwe66
130Senegal66
131Cameroon64
132Central African Rep.64
133Congo, (Brazzaville)64
134Ethiopia64
135Mozambique64
136Sierra Leone64
Data Source
Human Rights Treaties
1Argentina24
2Ecuador23
3Germany23
...
104Cape Verde15
105St Vincent & Grenadines15
106Maldives15
107Sierra Leone15
108Mozambique15
109Tanzania15
110Liberia15
111Libya15
Data Source
Press Freedom Index
1Finland99.0
2Netherlands99.0
3Norway99.0
...
57Hong Kong99.3
58Senegal99.3
59Chile99.3
60Sierra Leone99.3
61Mauritius99.3
62Serbia99.3
63Croatia99.3
64Central African Rep.99.3
Data Source
Gross National Income
1Qatar$87 478
2Liechtenstein$84 880
3Kuwait$52 793
...
174Guinea$ 941
175Togo$ 928
176Mozambique$ 906
177Sierra Leone$ 881
178Mali$ 853
179Madagascar$ 828
180Malawi$ 774
181Central African Rep.$ 722
Data Source
Happiness
1Denmark7.8
2Netherlands7.6
3Norway7.6
...
126Macedonia4.2
127Cambodia4.2
128Syria4.1
129Sierra Leone4.1
130Niger4.1
131Egypt4.1
132Tanzania4.1
133Congo, DR4
Data Source
Environmental Performance
1Iceland93.5
2Switzerland89.1
3Costa Rica86.4
...
155Mali39.4
156Turkmenistan38.4
157Niger37.6
158Togo36.4
159Angola36.3
160Mauritania33.7
161Central African Rep.33.3
162Sierra Leone32.1
Data Source
Gay Equality
1Netherlands405
2Belgium350
3Canada280
...
193Kenya-160
194Solomon Islands-160
195Gambia-160
196Sierra Leone-195
197Guyana-200
198Myanmar (Burma)-200
199Uganda-220
200Malawi-220
Data Source

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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.

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.

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.

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/sl.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.^

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