Trinidad & Tobago (Republic of Trinidad and Tobago)

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Trinidad & Tobago
Republic of Trinidad and Tobago
StatusIndependent State
Social and Moral Index71st best
CapitalPort-of-Spain
Land Area1 5 130 km2
LocationNorth America, The Americas, Caribbean
GroupingsSmall Islands
Population21.351 million
Life Expectancy370.336yrs (2012)
GNI3$21 941
ISO3166-1 Codes4TT, TTO, 780
Internet Domain5.tt
Currency6Dollar (TTD)
Telephone7+

1. Overview

First colonized by the Spanish, the islands came under British control in the early 19th century. The islands' sugar industry was hurt by the emancipation of the slaves in 1834. Manpower was replaced with the importation of contract laborers from India between 1845 and 1917, which boosted sugar production as well as the cocoa industry. The discovery of oil on Trinidad in 1910 added another important export. Independence was attained in 1962. The country is one of the most prosperous in the Caribbean thanks largely to petroleum and natural gas production and processing. Tourism, mostly in Tobago, is targeted for expansion and is growing. The government is coping with a rise in violent crime.

CIA's The World Factbook (2013)8

2. Trinidad & Tobago National and Social Development

UN's Human Development Index
Country2012
score
Average
1980-2010
1Norway95.587.3
2Australia93.888.9
3USA93.787.8
...
64Serbia76.974.2
65Libya76.977.0
66Malaysia76.966.3
67Trinidad & Tobago76.070.2
68Antigua & Barbuda76.076.3
69Kazakhstan75.469.8
70Albania74.969.5
71Venezuela74.866.0
72St Kitts & Nevis74.573.5
73Lebanon74.573.7
74Dominica74.571.1
75Georgia74.572.9
76Iran74.257.9
Data Source
Social and Moral Development
CountryScore
1Sweden89.1
2Iceland87.6
3Denmark87.2
...
68Brazil61.7
69Fiji61.6
70Belize61.5
71Trinidad & Tobago61.4
72Mexico60.9
73Belarus60.5
74Peru60.1
75Nicaragua59.9
76Bosnia & Herzegovina59.8
77Dominican Rep.59.2
78Bhutan59.1
79Tunisia59.1
80Georgia59.0
81Armenia58.9
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 (2013).

3. Population and Life Expectancy

Life Expectancy (at birth)
1Japan83.6
2Hong Kong83
3Switzerland82.5
...
113Azerbaijan70.9
114Suriname70.8
115Belarus70.6
116Trinidad & Tobago70.3
117Guyana70.2
118Indonesia69.8
119Moldova69.6
120Fiji69.4
Data Source
Fertility Rate
1Korea, N.2.0
2Brunei2.0
3St Vincent & Grenadines2.0
...
52Maldives1.7
53Luxembourg1.7
54Turkmenistan2.3
55Trinidad & Tobago1.6
56Montenegro1.6
57S. Africa2.4
58Iran1.6
59Venezuela2.4
Data Source
Population (m=millions)
CountryPeoplePer km2
1China1 353.6m145
2India1 258.35m423
3USA 315.79m35
...
148Guinea-Bissau1.58m56
149Gabon1.564m6
150Bahrain1.359m1789
151Trinidad & Tobago1.351m263
152Estonia1.34m32
153Mauritius1.314m647
154Swaziland1.22m71
Data Source

Trinidad & Tobago's population is predicted to rise to 1.354 million by 2030. This rise is despite a low fertility rate, meaning, that this country is helping to alleviate problems with growing population in neighbouring countries by accepting immigrants, very likely as a requirement of maintaining an active workforce. This country has a fertility rate of 1.63. 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
...
60Vietnam1946
61Venezuela1946
62Korea, N.1946
63Trinidad & Tobago1946
64Macedonia1946
65Cameroon1946
66Panama1946
67Romania1946
Gender Equality
1Netherlands0.04
2Sweden0.05
3Denmark0.06
...
47Kuwait0.27
48Vietnam0.30
49Moldova0.30
50Trinidad & Tobago0.31
51Russia0.31
52Kazakhstan0.31
53Bahamas0.32
54Azerbaijan0.32
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.

Trinidad & Tobago has made some steps towards ending gender inequality but much more needs to be done.

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5. Religion and Beliefs

#Buddhism #Christianity #Hinduism #Islam #Judaism

Disbelief In God
1Vietnam81%
2Japan65%
3Sweden64%
...
39Kazakhstan12%
40China12%
41USA10%
42Trinidad & Tobago9%
43Albania8%
44Cambodia7%
45Kyrgyzstan7%
46Croatia7%
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:

Christian65.9%
Muslim5.9%
Hindu22.7%
Buddhist0.3%
Folk Religion1.9%
Jew0.1%
Unaffiliated1.9%

The CIA World Factbook has slightly different data, and states: Roman Catholic 26%, Protestant 25.8% (Anglican 7.8%, Baptist 7.2%, Pentecostal 6.8%, Seventh-Day Adventist 4%), Hindu 22.5%, Muslim 5.8%, other Christian 5.8%, other 10.8%, unspecified 1.4%, none 1.9% (2000 census)10.

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6. The Internet

Internet Users in Population
1Iceland95.64
2Norway93.28
3Netherlands90.70
...
50Portugal51.28
51Brunei49.99
52Morocco49.00
53Trinidad & Tobago48.52
54Uruguay47.87
55Dominica47.28
56Azerbaijan46.68
57Bulgaria45.99
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

Economic Freedom
1Hong Kong9.0
2Singapore8.8
3New Zealand8.4
...
72Papua New Guinea7.0
73Barbados6.9
74Turkey6.9
75Trinidad & Tobago6.9
76Indonesia6.9
77Kenya6.9
78Jamaica6.9
79Kazakhstan6.8
Data Source
Global Peace Index
1Iceland1.11
2New Zealand1.24
3Denmark1.24
...
91Bangladesh2.07
92Guinea2.07
93Papua New Guinea2.08
94Trinidad & Tobago2.08
95Angola2.11
96Cameroon2.11
97Uganda2.12
98Tajikistan2.12
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Average IQ
1Singapore108
2Korea, S.106
3Taiwan105
...
67Uzbekistan87
68Kuwait86
69Philippines86
70Trinidad & Tobago85
71Yemen85
72Cuba85
73Peru85
74UAE84
Data Source
Human Rights Treaties
1Argentina24
2Ecuador23
3Germany23
...
141Angola12
142Dominica12
143Ethiopia12
144Trinidad & Tobago12
145Bahrain12
146Suriname12
147Haiti12
148Guyana11
Data Source
Press Freedom Index
1Finland99.0
2Netherlands99.0
3Norway99.0
...
40Papua New Guinea99.2
41Romania99.2
42Niger99.2
43Trinidad & Tobago99.2
44Malta99.2
45Burkina Faso99.2
46Taiwan99.2
47Samoa99.2
Data Source
R & D Spending
Country% RDP PPP
1Korea, S.4.2911
2Israel4.1111
3Japan3.5811
...
115Algeria0.0712
116Cape Verde0.0713
117Macau0.0514
118Trinidad & Tobago0.0515
119Honduras0.0416
120Colombia0.0414
121Bahrain0.0414
122Guatemala0.0415
Gross National Income
1Qatar$87 478
2Liechtenstein$84 880
3Kuwait$52 793
...
36Saudi Arabia$22 616
37Seychelles$22 615
38Czech Rep.$22 067
39Trinidad & Tobago$21 941
40Equatorial Guinea$21 715
41Malta$21 184
42Greece$20 511
43Portugal$19 907
Data Source
Happiness
1Denmark7.8
2Netherlands7.6
3Norway7.6
...
28Germany6.7
29Saudi Arabia6.7
30El Salvador6.7
31Trinidad & Tobago6.7
32Thailand6.7
33Kuwait6.6
34Chile6.6
35Qatar6.6
Data Source
Environmental Performance
1Iceland93.5
2Switzerland89.1
3Costa Rica86.4
...
99Eritrea54.6
100Swaziland54.4
101Ivory Coast54.3
102Trinidad & Tobago54.2
103Congo, (Brazzaville)54.0
104Guatemala54.0
105Congo, DR51.6
106Malawi51.4
Data Source
Gay Equality
1Netherlands405
2Belgium350
3Canada280
...
181S. Sudan-100
182Belize-100
183St Lucia-120
184Trinidad & Tobago-120
185Kuwait-120
186Bangladesh-120
187Brunei-120
188Tuvalu-130
Data Source

By Vexen Crabtree 2013 May 01
http://www.humantruth.info/trinidad_and_tobago.html
Parent page: Vexing International Issues

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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
(2013) "What is the Best Country in the World? An Index of Morality, Conscience and Good Life" (2013). Accessed 2016 Nov 01.

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.

OECD
(2016) Research and development (R&D) - Gross domestic spending on R&D. Data from data.oecd.org. Accessed 2016 Sep 28.

UNESCO
Research and Development and a Percent of GDP PPP. Data from unesdoc.unesco.org. Accessed 2016 Sep 30.

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.

World Bank
Research and Development and a Percent of GDP PPP. Data from databank.worldbank.org. Accessed 2016 Sep 29.

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/td.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. OECD (2016) data for year 2014.^
  12. UNESCO data for year 2007.^
  13. World Bank data for year 2011.^
  14. World Bank data for year 2013.^
  15. World Bank data for year 2012.^
  16. World Bank data for year 2000.^

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