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Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela)

By Vexen Crabtree 2013

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Venezuela
Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela
StatusIndependent State
Social and Moral Index109th best
CapitalCaracas
Land Area1 882 050 km2
LocationSouth America, The Americas
Population2 29.89 million
Life Expectancy374.586yrs (2012)
GNI3$11 475
ISO3166-1 Codes4VE, VEN, 862
Internet Domain5.ve
Currency6Bolivar (VEB)
Telephone7+58

1. Overview

#colombia #ecuador

Venezuela was one of three countries that emerged from the collapse of Gran Colombia in 1830 (the others being Ecuador and New Granada, which became Colombia). For most of the first half of the 20th century, Venezuela was ruled by generally benevolent military strongmen, who promoted the oil industry and allowed for some social reforms. Democratically elected governments have held sway since 1959. Hugo CHAVEZ, president from 1999 to 2013, sought to implement his "21st Century Socialism," which purported to alleviate social ills while at the same time attacking capitalist globalization and existing democratic institutions. Current concerns include: a weakening of democratic institutions, political polarization, a politicized military, rampant violent crime, overdependence on the petroleum industry with its price fluctuations, and irresponsible mining operations that are endangering the rain forest and indigenous peoples.

CIA's The World Factbook (2013)8

2. Venezuela National and Social Development

UN's Human Development Index
Country2012
score
Average
1980-2010
1Norway95.587.3
2Australia93.888.9
3USA93.787.8
...
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
77Peru74.164.5
78Ukraine74.070.0
79Macedonia74.072.6
80Mauritius73.764.1
Data Source
Social and Moral Development
CountryScore
1Sweden88.9
2Iceland87.4
3Denmark87.2
...
106Turkey54.0
107Uzbekistan53.9
108Azerbaijan53.9
109Venezuela53.8
110Kuwait53.3
111Jordan53.3
112Botswana53.2
113Sao Tome & Principe53.2
114Namibia53.1
115Micronesia53.0
116Timor-Leste (E. Timor)53.0
117Samoa53.0
118Sri Lanka52.9
119Turkmenistan52.8
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
...
69Serbia74.7
70Tunisia74.7
71Hungary74.6
72Venezuela74.6
73Armenia74.4
74Malaysia74.5
75Cape Verde74.3
76Thailand74.3
Data Source
Fertility Rate
1Korea, N.2.0
2Brunei2.0
3St Vincent & Grenadines2.0
...
56Montenegro1.6
57S. Africa2.4
58Iran1.6
59Venezuela2.4
60Ecuador2.4
61Mauritius1.6
62Panama2.4
63Peru2.4
Data Source
Population (m=millions)
CountryPeoplePer km2
1China1 353.6m145
2India1 258.35m423
3USA 315.79m35
...
39Afghanistan 33.4m51
40Morocco 32.6m73
41Nepal 31.01m216
42Venezuela 29.89m34
43Peru 29.73m23
44Malaysia 29.32m89
45Saudi Arabia 28.71m13
Data Source

Venezuela's population is predicted to rise to 37.04 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 2.41.

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
...
58Liberia1946
59Guatemala1946
60Vietnam1946
61Venezuela1946
62Korea, N.1946
63Trinidad & Tobago1946
64Macedonia1946
65Cameroon1946
Gender Equality
1Netherlands0.04
2Sweden0.05
3Denmark0.06
...
90Tonga0.46
91S. Africa0.46
92Bhutan0.46
93Venezuela0.47
94Suriname0.47
95Paraguay0.47
96Cambodia0.47
97Bolivia0.47
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.

Venezuela 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%
...
83Panama1%
84Brazil1%
85Paraguay1%
86Venezuela1%
87UAE0%
88Ivory Coast0%
89Benin0%
90Algeria0%
Data Source
How Many Are Religious?
1Estonia16%
2Sweden17%
3Denmark19%
...
43Cyprus75%
44Macedonia76%
45Bosnia & Herzegovina77%
46Venezuela79%
47Costa Rica79%
48Turkmenistan80%
49Georgia81%
50Turkey82%
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:

Christian89.3%
Muslim0.3%
Hindu0.1%
Buddhist0.1%
Folk Religion0.2%
Jew0.1%
Unaffiliated10%

The CIA World Factbook has slightly different data, and states: nominally Roman Catholic 96%, Protestant 2%, other 2%10.

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6. The Internet

Internet Freedom
1Estonia10
2USA12
3Germany15
...
24Jordan45
25Tunisia46
26Turkey46
27Venezuela48
28Azerbaijan50
29Rwanda51
30Russia52
31Zimbabwe54
Data Source
Internet Users in Population
1Iceland95.64
2Norway93.28
3Netherlands90.70
...
79Costa Rica36.50
80Palestine36.42
81Argentina36.00
82Venezuela35.85
83China34.38
84Peru34.30
85Grenada33.62
86Kazakhstan33.38
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

Personal Charitability (2013-2016)11
CountryValue11
1Myanmar (Burma)1.25
2USA1.5
3New Zealand3.5
...
135Angola115
136Mali115.25
137Czech Rep.116.5
138Venezuela117.5
139Georgia117.75
140Togo118
141Morocco119
142Tunisia121
Economic Freedom
1Hong Kong9.0
2Singapore8.8
3New Zealand8.4
...
137Chad5.3
138Guinea-Bissau5.2
139Angola5.1
140Congo, DR5.0
141Congo, (Brazzaville)4.7
142Myanmar (Burma)4.3
143Zimbabwe4.3
144Venezuela4.0
Data Source
Global Peace Index
1Iceland1.11
2New Zealand1.24
3Denmark1.24
...
119Kenya2.25
120Algeria2.26
121Eritrea2.26
122Venezuela2.28
123Guatemala2.29
124Mauritania2.30
125Thailand2.30
126S. Africa2.32
Data Source
Average IQ
1Singapore108
2Korea, S.106
3Taiwan105
...
73Peru85
74Saudi Arabia84
75Colombia84
76Venezuela84
77Paraguay84
78Panama84
79Iran84
80Pakistan84
Data Source
Human Rights Treaties
1Argentina24
2Ecuador23
3Germany23
...
60Colombia19
61Switzerland19
62Uganda19
63Venezuela19
64UK19
65Canada19
66Lithuania18
67Tunisia18
Data Source
Press Freedom Index
1Finland99.0
2Netherlands99.0
3Norway99.0
...
113UAE99.3
114Nigeria99.4
115Macedonia99.4
116Venezuela99.4
117Nepal99.4
118Ecuador99.4
119Cameroon99.4
120Chad99.4
Data Source
Gross National Income
1Qatar$87 478
2Liechtenstein$84 880
3Kuwait$52 793
...
66Gabon$12 521
67St Kitts & Nevis$12 460
68Lebanon$12 364
69Venezuela$11 475
70Bulgaria$11 474
71Palau$11 463
72Romania$11 011
73Dominica$10 977
Data Source
Happiness
1Denmark7.8
2Netherlands7.6
3Norway7.6
4Sweden7.5
5Switzerland7.5
6Venezuela7.5
7Austria7.5
8Australia7.4
9Finland7.4
10Canada7.4
11Israel7.4
12Costa Rica7.3
Data Source
Environmental Performance
1Iceland93.5
2Switzerland89.1
3Costa Rica86.4
...
60Paraguay63.5
61Brazil63.4
62Poland63.1
63Venezuela62.9
64Bulgaria62.5
65Israel62.4
66Thailand62.2
67Egypt62.0
Data Source
Gay Equality
1Netherlands405
2Belgium350
3Canada280
...
72Guernsey25
73Bolivia25
74Bosnia & Herzegovina25
75Venezuela25
76Gabon20
77St Helena20
78Marshall Islands20
79Mongolia20
Data Source

Current edition: 2013 May 01
http://www.humantruth.info/venezuela.html
Parent page: Vexing International Issues

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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.

Gallup
(2009) Religiosity. gallup.com/poll/142727/.... The survey question was "Is religion an important part of your daily life?" and results are charted for those who said "yes". 1000 adults were polled in each of 114 countries.

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/ve.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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