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Swaziland (Kingdom of Swaziland)

By Vexen Crabtree 2013

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Swaziland
Kingdom of Swaziland
StatusIndependent State
Social and Moral Index100th best
CapitalMbabane (administrative) and Lobamba (legislative)
Land Area1 17 200 km2
LocationAfrica
Population21.22 million
Life Expectancy348.912yrs (2012)
GNI3$5 104
ISO3166-1 Codes4SZ, SWZ, 748
Internet Domain5.sz
Currency6Lilangeni (SZL)
Telephone7+268

1. Overview

Autonomy for the Swazis of southern Africa was guaranteed by the British in the late 19th century; independence was granted in 1968. Student and labor unrest during the 1990s pressured King MSWATI III, Africa's last absolute monarch, to grudgingly allow political reform and greater democracy, although he has backslid on these promises in recent years. A constitution came into effect in 2006, but the legal status of political parties remains unclear. The African United Democratic Party tried unsuccessfully to register as an official political party in mid 2006. Talks over the constitution broke down between the government and progressive groups in 2007. Swaziland recently surpassed Botswana as the country with the world's highest known HIV/AIDS prevalence rate.

CIA's The World Factbook (2013)8

2. Swaziland National and Social Development

UN's Human Development Index
Country2012
score
Average
1980-2010
1Norway95.587.3
2Australia93.888.9
3USA93.787.8
...
138Laos54.344.8
139Cambodia54.347.8
140Bhutan53.851.8
141Swaziland53.651.3
142Congo, (Brazzaville)53.449.3
143Solomon Islands53.049.3
144Sao Tome & Principe52.550.6
145Kenya51.945.6
146Bangladesh51.539.3
147Pakistan51.542.4
148Angola50.843.3
149Myanmar (Burma)49.835.9
150Cameroon49.542.6
Data Source
Social and Moral Development
CountryScore
1Sweden88.9
2Iceland87.4
3Denmark87.2
...
97Guatemala55.2
98Armenia55.1
99Russia54.9
100Swaziland54.5
101Honduras54.5
102Kazakhstan54.4
103Thailand54.2
104Vietnam54.1
105Tunisia54.1
106Turkey54.0
107Uzbekistan53.9
108Azerbaijan53.9
109Venezuela53.8
110Kuwait53.3
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
...
185Mozambique50.7
186Chad49.9
187Zambia49.4
188Swaziland48.9
189Afghanistan49.1
190Central African Rep.49.1
191Congo, DR48.7
192Lesotho48.7
Data Source
Fertility Rate
1Korea, N.2.0
2Brunei2.0
3St Vincent & Grenadines2.0
...
126Tajikistan3.2
127Haiti3.2
128Gabon3.2
129Swaziland3.2
130Bolivia3.2
131Pakistan3.2
132Micronesia3.3
133Sao Tome & Principe3.5
Data Source
Population (m=millions)
CountryPeoplePer km2
1China1 353.6m145
2India1 258.35m423
3USA 315.79m35
...
151Trinidad & Tobago1.351m263
152Estonia1.34m32
153Mauritius1.314m647
154Swaziland1.22m71
155Timor-Leste (E. Timor)1.187m80
156Cyprus1.129m122
157Djibouti922 70840
Data Source

Swaziland's population is predicted to rise to 1.462 million by 2030. This country has a fertility rate of 3.21.

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
...
151Tuvalu1967
152Kiribati1967
153Ecuador1967
154Swaziland1968
155Nauru1968
156Congo, (Brazzaville)1970
157Congo, DR1970
158Yemen1970
Gender Equality
1Netherlands0.04
2Sweden0.05
3Denmark0.06
...
109Dominican Rep.0.51
110Uganda0.52
111Bangladesh0.52
112Swaziland0.53
113Lesotho0.53
114Guatemala0.54
115Senegal0.54
116Zimbabwe0.54
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.

Swaziland is an unequal country, with male rights dominating those of women.

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5. 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 below9:

Christian88.1%
Muslim0.2%
Hindu0.1%
Buddhist0.1%
Folk Religion1%
Jew0.1%
Unaffiliated10.1%

The CIA World Factbook has slightly different data, and states: Zionist 40% (a blend of Christianity and indigenous ancestral worship), Roman Catholic 20%, Muslim 10%, other (includes Anglican, Baha'i, Methodist, Mormon, Jewish) 30%10.

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6. The Internet

Internet Users in Population
1Iceland95.64
2Norway93.28
3Netherlands90.70
...
137Indonesia9.90
138Ghana9.55
139Gambia9.20
140Swaziland9.01
141Kiribati8.96
142Haiti8.37
143Vanuatu7.99
144Nepal7.93
Data Source

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.

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7. More Charts and Comparisons to Other Countries

Global Peace Index
1Iceland1.11
2New Zealand1.24
3Denmark1.24
...
82Montenegro2.01
83Brazil2.02
84Bolivia2.02
85Swaziland2.03
86Ecuador2.03
87Equatorial Guinea2.04
88USA2.06
89China2.06
Data Source
Human Rights Treaties
1Argentina24
2Ecuador23
3Germany23
...
147Haiti12
148Guyana11
149Bahamas11
150Swaziland11
151Cuba11
152Barbados11
153Thailand11
154Zimbabwe11
Data Source
Press Freedom Index
1Finland99.0
2Netherlands99.0
3Norway99.0
...
151Gambia99.5
152Mexico99.5
153Turkey99.5
154Swaziland99.5
155Azerbaijan99.5
156Belarus99.5
157Egypt99.5
158Pakistan99.6
Data Source
Gross National Income
1Qatar$87 478
2Liechtenstein$84 880
3Kuwait$52 793
...
108Jordan$5 272
109Bhutan$5 246
110Sri Lanka$5 170
111Swaziland$5 104
112Georgia$5 005
113Angola$4 812
114Syria$4 674
115Paraguay$4 497
Data Source
Environmental Performance
1Iceland93.5
2Switzerland89.1
3Costa Rica86.4
...
97Bosnia & Herzegovina55.9
98Saudi Arabia55.3
99Eritrea54.6
100Swaziland54.4
101Ivory Coast54.3
102Trinidad & Tobago54.2
103Congo, (Brazzaville)54.0
104Guatemala54.0
Data Source
Gay Equality
1Netherlands405
2Belgium350
3Canada280
...
147Guinea-20
148Maldives-20
149Korea, N.-20
150Swaziland-30
151Lebanon-30
152Ethiopia-30
153Somalia-30
154Uzbekistan-30
Data Source

Current edition: 2013 May 01
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References: (What's this?)

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.

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/wz.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.^

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