Tuvalu

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Tuvalu
StatusIndependent State
Social and Moral Index133rd best
CapitalFunafuti
Land Area1 30 km2
LocationAustralasia, Polynesia
GroupingsSmall Islands
Population29 867
Life Expectancy367.478yrs (2012)
GNI3
ISO3166-1 Codes4TV, TUV, 798
Internet Domain5.tv
Currency6Dollar (AUD)
Telephone7+688

1. Overview

In 1974, ethnic differences within the British colony of the Gilbert and Ellice Islands caused the Polynesians of the Ellice Islands to vote for separation from the Micronesians of the Gilbert Islands. The following year, the Ellice Islands became the separate British colony of Tuvalu. Independence was granted in 1978. In 2000, Tuvalu negotiated a contract leasing its Internet domain name ".tv" for $50 million in royalties over a 12-year period.

CIA's The World Factbook (2013)8

2. Tuvalu National and Social Development

Social and Moral Development
CountryScore
1Sweden89.1
2Iceland87.6
3Denmark87.2
...
130Lesotho50.5
131Sri Lanka50.4
132Kiribati50.1
133Tuvalu50.0
134Cambodia49.8
135China49.0
136Indonesia47.9
137Madagascar47.9
138Ghana47.8
139Vanuatu47.5
140Kenya47.4
141Gabon46.7
142Papua New Guinea46.3
143Laos45.8
Data Source

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
...
134Tajikistan67.8
135Laos67.8
136Bhutan67.6
137Tuvalu67.5
138Kazakhstan67.4
139Madagascar66.9
140Bolivia66.9
141Yemen65.9
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Population (m=millions)
CountryPeoplePer km2
1China1 353.6m145
2India1 258.35m423
3USA 315.79m35
...
189St Kitts & Nevis53 697207
190Liechtenstein36 584229
191Monaco35 44417722
192San Marino31 945532
193Palau20 75845
194Nauru10 370
195Tuvalu9 867329
Data Source

Tuvalu's population is predicted to rise to 10 964 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.

4. Gender Equality

Female Vote and Stand
1New Zealand1893
2Australia1902
3Finland1906
...
148Papua New Guinea1964
149Lesotho1965
150Botswana1965
151Tuvalu1967
152Kiribati1967
153Ecuador1967
154Swaziland1968
155Nauru1968

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.

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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:

Christian96.7%
Muslim0.1%
Hindu0.1%
Buddhist0.1%
Folk Religion0.1%
Jew0.1%
Unaffiliated1.3%

The CIA World Factbook has slightly different data, and states: Protestant 98.4% (Church of Tuvalu (Congregationalist) 97%, Seventh-Day Adventist 1.4%), Baha'i 1%, other 0.6%10.

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6. The Internet

Internet Users in Population
1Iceland95.64
2Norway93.28
3Netherlands90.70
...
99Jamaica26.48
100Georgia26.30
101Kenya25.90
102Tuvalu25.00
103Philippines25.00
104Thailand21.20
105Syria20.66
106Micronesia20.01
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

Human Rights Treaties
1Argentina24
2Ecuador23
3Germany23
...
182Tonga6
183Brunei6
184St Lucia6
185Tuvalu5
186Micronesia5
187Nauru5
188Singapore5
189Malaysia4
Data Source
Gay Equality
1Netherlands405
2Belgium350
3Canada280
...
185Kuwait-120
186Bangladesh-120
187Brunei-120
188Tuvalu-130
189Seychelles-130
190Papua New Guinea-140
191Zambia-140
192Antigua & Barbuda-150
Data Source

There isn't much information in the database for Tuvalu, most likely because it is either a part of another country (i.e., a territory or posession) and therefore most international statistics are counted for the country as a whole, or, this is such an exotic place that little data exists about it.

By Vexen Crabtree 2013 May 01
http://www.humantruth.info/tuvalu.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.

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/tv.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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