By Vexen Crabtree 2013
|Social and Moral Index||128th best|
|Land Area||27 990 km21|
|Population||566 481 (2011)2|
|Life Expectancy||68.11yrs (2017)3|
|GNI||$1 561 (2017)4|
|ISO3166-1 Codes||SB, SLB, 905|
“First settled by the French in the early 17th century, the islands represent the sole remaining vestige of France's once vast North American possessions.”
CIA's The World Factbook (2013)9
|UN HDI (2016)10|
Lower is better10
|155||Papua New Guinea||154|
|Social and Moral Development|
|138||Sao Tome & Principe||51.0|
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 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).
|Life Expectancy (2015)11|
Higher is better11
|131||Timor-Leste (E. Timor)||68.51|
|137||Sao Tome & Principe||66.58|
|Fertility Rate (2013)12|
Lower is better12
|3||St Vincent & Grenadines||2.01|
|162||Equatorial Guinea||740 471||26|
|164||Solomon Islands||566 481||20|
|167||Cape Verde||505 335||125|
|Old-Age Dependency Ratio (2016)13|
Lower is better13
The Solomon Islands's population is predicted to rise to 841 161 by 2030. This country has a fertility rate of 4.08. 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.
|Female Vote and Stand|
|166||Sao Tome & Principe||1975|
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.
Solomon Islands is notable for its equality between the sexes, even though women were prevented equal voting and standing rights until quite late.
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 below14:
The CIA World Factbook has slightly different data, and states: Protestant 73.7% (Church of Melanesia 32.8%, South Seas Evangelical 17%, Seventh-Day Adventist 11.2%, United Church 10.3%, Christian Fellowship Church 2.4%), Roman Catholic 19%, other Christian 4.4%, other 2.4%, unspecified 0.3%, none 0.2% (1999 census)15.
|Internet Users (2016)16|
Higher is better16
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.
|Adolescent Birth Rate (2015)17|
Lower is better17
|105||Timor-Leste (E. Timor)||46.6|
|111||St Vincent & Grenadines||51.0|
|Alcohol Consumption (2010)18|
Lower is better18
|Immunizations 2011-2015 (2015)19|
Higher is better19
|Nominal Commitment to HR (2009)20|
Higher is better20
|Gross National Income Per-Capita (2011)11|
Higher is better11
|175||Solomon Islands||$1 561|
|177||Burkina Faso||$1 537|
|178||Sierra Leone||$1 529|
|Environmental Performance (2010)21|
Higher is better21
|LGBT Equality (2013)22|
Higher is better22
|190||Papua New Guinea||-140|
|192||Antigua & Barbuda||-150|
Current edition: 2013 May 01
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(2013) World Factbook. The USA Government's Central Intelligence Agency (USA CIA) publishes The World Factbook, and the online version is frequently updated.
(2017) "What is the Best Country in the World? An Index of Morality, Conscience and Good Life" (2017). Accessed 2017 May 24.
(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.
(2017) Human Development Report. Published by the UN Development Programme. Data for 2015. Analysis conducted by the UN Development Report Office. Available on hdr.undp.org/..
World Health Organisation. (WHO)
(2014) Global Status Report on Alcohol and Health. A copy can be found on the WHO website. Accessed 2015 Jan 04. It "presents a comprehensive perspective on the global, regional and country consumption of alcohol, patterns of drinking, health consequences and policy responses in Member States" and was published in Geneva on 2014 May 12.
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