The Human Truth Foundation

Armenia (Republic of Armenia)

https://www.humantruth.info/armenia.html

By Vexen Crabtree 2013

#armenia #syria

Armenia
Republic of Armenia
StatusIndependent State
Social and Moral Index75th best
CapitalYerevan
Land Area 28 480km21
LocationAsia, Europe
Population3.0m2
Life Expectancy72.04yrs (2017)3
GNI$13 158 (2017)4
ISO3166-1 CodesAM, ARM, 515
Internet Domain.am6
CurrencyDram (AMD)7
Telephone+3748

1. Overview

#armenia #azerbaijan #christianity #russia #turkey

Armenia prides itself on being the first nation to formally adopt Christianity (early 4th century). Despite periods of autonomy, over the centuries Armenia came under the sway of various empires including the Roman, Byzantine, Arab, Persian, and Ottoman. During World War I in the western portion of Armenia, Ottoman Turkey instituted a policy of forced resettlement coupled with other harsh practices that resulted in at least 1 million Armenian deaths. The eastern area of Armenia was ceded by the Ottomans to Russia in 1828; this portion declared its independence in 1918, but was conquered by the Soviet Red Army in 1920. Armenian leaders remain preoccupied by the long conflict with Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh, a primarily Armenian-populated region, assigned to Soviet Azerbaijan in the 1920s by Moscow. Armenia and Azerbaijan began fighting over the area in 1988; the struggle escalated after both countries attained independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. By May 1994, when a cease-fire took hold, ethnic Armenian forces held not only Nagorno-Karabakh but also a significant portion of Azerbaijan proper. The economies of both sides have been hurt by their inability to make substantial progress toward a peaceful resolution. Turkey closed the common border with Armenia in 1994 in support of Azerbaijan in its conflict with Armenia over control of Nagorno-Karabakh and surrounding areas, further hampering Armenian economic growth. In 2009, senior Armenian leaders began pursuing rapprochement with Turkey, aiming to secure an opening of the border, but Turkey has not yet ratified the Protocols normalizing relations between the two countries.

CIA's The World Factbook (2013)9

Book CoverArmenia is said to have its head in the west and its heart in the east: here you can experience a Mediterranean lifestyle beneath the Caucasus mountains. [...] The rapidly modernising capital, the boutique tourism industry and the warm welcome you´ll receive everywhere seem to belie the country´s reputation for tragedy. Rather than letting past woes weigh it down, Armenia has built its memorials, dusted itself off and moved on. For travellers, easily visited highlights include ancient monasteries, candlelit churches and high-walled forts - but lasting impressions lie more with the ... gracious, humble and easy-going people, even without a common language. The travel experience is wide-ranging - you can have a four-star holiday in Yerevan and Sevan or a much simpler experience in rural towns like Dilijan and Goris.

"The World" by Lonely Planet (2014)10

2. Armenia National and Social Development

#economics #human_development #wealth

UN HDI (2021)11
Pos.Higher is better
Value11
1Switzerland0.962
2Norway0.961
3Iceland0.959
...
82=Palau0.767
83Cuba0.764
84Peru0.762
85Armenia0.759
86Mexico0.758
87Brazil0.754
88Colombia0.752
89St Vincent & Grenadines0.751
Asia Avg0.75
World Avg0.72
q=191.
Gross National Income Per-Capita (2021)11
Pos.Higher is better
PPP $11
1Liechtenstein$146 830
2Singapore$90 919
3Qatar$87 134
...
87Grenada$13 484
88Gabon$13 367
89Ukraine$13 256
90Armenia$13 158
91Turkmenistan$13 021
92Iran$13 001
93S. Africa$12 948
94Suriname$12 672
Asia Avg$22 215
World Avg$20 136
q=193.
Social & Moral
Development Index
12
Pos.Lower is better
Avg Rank12
1Norway28.6
2Denmark30.0
3Sweden30.7
...
72Moldova79.4
73Seychelles79.5
74Maldives79.9
75Armenia80.0
76China80.0
77S. Africa80.1
78Colombia80.6
79Kuwait80.7
Asia Avg87.7
World Avg86.8
q=195.

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 concentrates on moral issues and human rights, violence, public health, equality, tolerance, freedom and effectiveness in climate change mitigation and environmentalism, and on some technological issues. 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: Which are the Best Countries in the World? The Social and Moral Development Index.

3. Armenia's Demographics and Migration

#birth_control #demographics #health #immigration #life_expectancy #longevity #migration #overpopulation #population

Population:

Armenia's population is predicted to rise to 3.105 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 1.74. 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.

Population2
Pos.2018
Population2
1China1.4b
2India1.4b
3USA327.1m
...
133Uruguay3.4m
134Bosnia & Herzegovina3.3m
135Mongolia3.2m
136Armenia3.0m
137Jamaica2.9m
138Albania2.9m
139Lithuania2.8m
140Qatar2.8m
World Avg39.0m
q=195.
Life Expectancy
Higher is better
11
Pos.2021
Years11
1Monaco85.9
2Hong Kong85.5
3Japan84.8
...
91Bangladesh72.4
92Peru72.4
93Syria72.1
94Armenia72.0
95Libya71.9
96Bhutan71.8
97Bulgaria71.8
98Georgia71.7
World Avg71.28
q=195.
Fertility Rate
2.0 is best
13
Pos.201313
1N. Korea2.00
2Brunei1.99
3St Vincent & Grenadines2.01
...
38Lebanon1.77
39Mexico2.25
40Sri Lanka2.26
41Armenia1.74
42Kuwait2.27
43Bhutan2.27
44Jamaica2.28
45Suriname2.28
World Avg2.81
q=180.
Old-Age Dependency Ratio
Lower is better
14
Pos.2016
Per 10014
1Uganda04.3
2Mali04.5
3=Chad04.7
...
134Chile27.0
135Macedonia27.7
136Luxembourg28.3
137Armenia28.7
138=Thailand29.2
138=Ireland29.2
140Russia29.5
141Georgia29.7
World Avg18.3
q=185.

Migration:

Immigrants15
Pos.2017
%15
1UAE88.4%
2Kuwait75.5%
3Qatar65.2%
...
72S. Africa7.1%
73S. Sudan6.7%
74Grenada6.6%
75Armenia6.5%
76Bhutan6.5%
77Macedonia6.3%
78Finland6.2%
79Marshall Islands6.2%
World Avg9.4%
q=195.
Emigrants16
Pos.2010
%16
1Dominica104.8%
2Palestine68.4%
3Samoa67.3%
...
15St Vincent & Grenadines37.7%
16Cape Verde37.6%
17Jamaica36.1%
18Armenia28.2%
19Trinidad & Tobago26.7%
20Malta26.2%
21Georgia25.1%
22Kazakhstan23.6%
World Avg11.5%
q=192.

4. Human Rights, Equality & Tolerance

#equality #gender_equality #human_rights #morals #politics #prejudice #tolerance

Human Rights, Equality & Tolerance (2020)17
Pos.Lower is better
Avg Rank17
1Sweden9.0
2Norway14.5
3Denmark14.5
...
62Seychelles66.7
63Namibia69.4
64Paraguay70.4
65Armenia71.4
66Montenegro71.8
67Honduras71.9
Asia Avg99.9
World Avg87.9
q=199.
Armenia does relatively well in ensuring human rights and freedom, compared to many other countries. Armenia does better than average for commentary in Human Rights Watch reports18, supporting personal, civil & economic freedoms19, opposing gender inequality20, supporting press freedom21, its nominal commitment to Human Rights22 and in LGBT equality23 although widespread harassment, discrimination and violence against LGBT folk still exists28. But, there's bad news too. Armenia does worse than average for the rate of gender bias (from 7 indicators)24 (still good for Asia), speed of uptake of HR treaties25 and in freethought26 (still low for Asia). And finally, it sits amongst the bottom 20 for its success in fighting anti-semitic prejudice27. Domestic violence persists as a serious problem and in 2017 there were many examples of human-rights defenders facing threats and harassment, and excessive force was used against protesters and journalists28.

For tables, charts and commentary, see:

5. Armenia's Health

#alcohol #birth_control #demographics #health #life_expectancy #longevity #mental_health #obesity #overpopulation #parenting #population #smoking #suicide #vaccines

Compared to Asia (2020)29
Pos.Lower is better
Avg Rank29
1Hong Kong18.3
2Maldives41.0
3Singapore42.6
...
19Iran75.5
20UAE75.8
21Bahrain77.3
22Armenia78.4
23Cyprus78.6
24Myanmar (Burma)79.1
25India79.6
26Nepal80.3
27=Israel82.1
Asia Avg80.1
q=50.
Health (2020)29
Pos.Lower is better
Avg Rank29
1Monaco13.0
2Hong Kong18.3
3Maldives41.0
...
39Bahrain77.3
40Greece77.4
41Belgium77.9
42Armenia78.4
43Cyprus78.6
44Malta78.9
45Myanmar (Burma)79.1
46India79.6
World Avg93.5
q=196.

The countries with the best overall approach to public health, in terms of both public policy and individual lifestyle choices, are Monaco, Hong Kong and The Maldives30. These countries are worth emulating. And, although often through no fault of the average citizen, the worst countries are The Marshall Islands, S. Sudan and Palau30.

The data sets used to calculate points for each country are its average life expectancy, its alcohol consumption rate, its fertility rate, its smoking rate, its suicide rate, its food aid and health contributions and WHO compliance, the prevalence of overweight adults, its adolescent birth rate and its immunizations take-up. The regions with the best average results per country are Scandinavia, Asia and The Mediterranean30, whereas the worst are Micronesia, Australasia and Africa30.

For more, see:

Health:

Armenia does relatively well in encouraging good health, compared to many other countries. Armenia comes in the best 20 for its suicide rate31. It does better than average for its food aid and health contributions and WHO compliance32, its fertility rate13, its immunizations take-up33, its adolescent birth rate20, its alcohol consumption rate34 (but bad for Asia) and in its average life expectancy11. Armenia still has work to do. Armenia does worse than average when it comes to its smoking rate35. The prevalence of overweight adults has increased by 14% over the last 40 years. Life expectancy in Armenia improved by +6.6yrs in the 30 years from 1990, less than the global average of +7.9yrs.

Life Expectancy
Higher is better
11
Pos.2021
Years11
1Monaco85.9
2Hong Kong85.5
3Japan84.8
...
91Bangladesh72.4
92Peru72.4
93Syria72.1
94Armenia72.0
95Libya71.9
96Bhutan71.8
97Bulgaria71.8
98Georgia71.7
Asia Avg73.48
World Avg71.28
q=195.
Alcohol Consumption
Lower is better
34
Pos.2016
Per Capita34
1Bangladesh0.0
2Kuwait0.0
3Libya0.0
...
81Suriname5.1
82Nicaragua5.2
83Turkmenistan5.4
84Armenia5.5
85Venezuela5.6
86=Sierra Leone5.7
86=India5.7
86=Cape Verde5.7
Asia Avg3.9
World Avg6.2
q=189.
Fertility Rate
2.0 is best
13
Pos.201313
1N. Korea2.00
2Brunei1.99
3St Vincent & Grenadines2.01
...
38Lebanon1.77
39Mexico2.25
40Sri Lanka2.26
41Armenia1.74
42Kuwait2.27
43Bhutan2.27
44Jamaica2.28
45Suriname2.28
Asia Avg2.46
World Avg2.81
q=180.
Smoking Rates
Lower is better
35
Pos.201435
1Guinea 15
2Solomon Islands 26
3Kiribati 28
...
150Germany1 480
151Bulgaria1 505
152Kuwait1 517
153Armenia1 545
154Turkey1 581
155Slovakia1 618
156Romania1 620
157Tunisia1 628
Asia Avg1 035
World Avg 819
q=182.
Suicide Rate31
Pos.2013
Per 100k31
1Haiti0
2Grenada0
3Egypt0.1
...
8Bahamas2.5
9Peru2.9
10Kuwait3.6
11Armenia3.9
12Dominican Rep.4.6
13St Lucia4.9
14Tajikistan5.2
15Venezuela6.5
Asia Avg19.50
World Avg20.93
q=91.
Food Aid, Health Contributions & WHO Compliance
Lower is better
32
Pos.2017
Rank32
1Sweden1
2Ireland2
3Denmark3
...
28Austria28
29Greece29
30Nicaragua30
31Armenia31
32Bangladesh32
33Hungary33
34Macedonia34
35India35
Asia Avg64.4
World Avg82.0
q=163.
Overweight Adults
Lower is better36
Pos.2016
%36
1Vietnam18.3
2India19.7
3Bangladesh20.0
...
90Georgia54.2
91=Switzerland54.3
91=Austria54.3
93Armenia54.4
94Belize54.8
95Haiti54.9
96=St Vincent & Grenadines55.0
96=Solomon Islands55.0
Asia Avg44.3
World Avg49.0
q=191.

Children's Health:

Adolescent Birth Rate
Lower is better
20
Pos.2015
Per 100020
1N. Korea0.5
2S. Korea1.6
3Switzerland2.9
...
66Albania21.7
67=Moldova22.6
67=USA22.6
69Armenia23.0
70Jordan23.2
71Russia23.4
72New Zealand23.6
73Ukraine24.1
Asia Avg29.9
World Avg47.9
q=185.
Infant Immunizations 2011-2015
Higher is better
33
Pos.2015
Avg %33
1=Hungary99.0
1=China99.0
3Uzbekistan98.9
...
54Japan95.7
55Portugal95.7
56=Qatar95.6
56=Armenia95.6
58Uruguay95.6
59Bhutan95.6
60Turkey95.5
61Malta95.5
Asia Avg90.5
World Avg88.3
q=194.

6. Armenia's Responsibility Towards The Environment

#biodiversity #climate_change #deforestation #food #meat #over-exploitation #the_environment #veganism #vegetarianism

Compared to Asia (2023)37
Pos.Lower is better
Avg Rank37
1Japan33.2
2Philippines45.0
3Sri Lanka49.0
...
10=India68.6
11Lebanon68.8
12=Nepal68.8
13Armenia69.5
14=Singapore69.5
15Malaysia74.4
16Yemen76.7
17Georgia78.0
18=Taiwan78.7
Asia Avg88.8
q=51.
Responsibility Towards The Environment (2023)37
Pos.Lower is better
Avg Rank37
1Japan33.2
2Philippines45.0
3Uruguay48.0
...
53=Nepal68.8
54Nigeria69.2
55=Singapore69.5
55=Armenia69.5
57UK69.6
58=Slovakia69.6
59Ivory Coast70.5
60El Salvador71.8
World Avg85.7
q=188.
Armenia comes 55th in the world when it comes to its responsibility towards the environment. This rank is calculated from 6 data sets. Armenia does the best for how quickly it ratified the 1993 Convention on Biological Diversity. It does better than average when it comes to its environmental performance38. When it comes to most other metrics, Armenia does not do well. It does worse than average for energy to GDP efficiency39, annual meat consumption per person40, its forested percent change 1990-201541 and in the rate of rational beliefs on the environment in the population42.

Forest Area Change 1990-2015
Higher is better
41
Pos.2015
%41
1Iceland+205.6
2Bahrain+144.4
3Uruguay+131.3
...
104Suriname-00.6
105Guyana-00.8
106Malaysia-00.8
107Armenia-00.9
108Bosnia & Herzegovina-01.5
109Congo, (Brazzaville)-01.7
110Central African Rep.-01.7
111Albania-02.2
Asia Avg+07.0
World Avg+02.8
q=184.
Environmental Performance
Higher is better
38
Pos.201838
1Switzerland87.4
2France84.0
3Denmark81.6
...
60S. Korea62.3
61Kuwait62.3
62Jordan62.2
63Armenia62.1
64Peru61.9
65Montenegro61.3
66Egypt61.2
67Lebanon61.1
Asia Avg54.5
World Avg56.4
q=180.
Energy to GDP Efficiency
Higher is better39
Pos.201439
1Hong Kong26.32
2Sri Lanka20.00
3Panama17.86
...
71Malaysia08.00
72Bolivia07.87
73Brunei07.81
74Armenia07.69
75New Zealand07.63
76=Kuwait07.58
76=USA07.58
78Czechia07.46
Asia Avg09.14
World Avg09.29
q=119.
Convention on Biological Diversity
Earlier is better
Pos.0
Signed
1=China1993 Dec 29
1=Guinea1993 Dec 29
1=Cook Islands1993 Dec 29
1=Vanuatu1993 Dec 29
1=Papua New Guinea1993 Dec 29
1=Mexico1993 Dec 29
1=Armenia1993 Dec 29
1=Ecuador1993 Dec 29
1=Fiji1993 Dec 29
1=Canada1993 Dec 29
1=Monaco1993 Dec 29
1=Maldives1993 Dec 29
Asia Avg1899 Dec 30
World Avg1899 Dec 30
q=197.
Rational Beliefs on the Environment
Higher is better42
Pos.2011
%42
1Argentina78.3%
2Greece77.6%
3Brazil77.1%
...
107S. Africa26.2%
108Lithuania25.6%
109Nigeria25.3%
110Armenia25.3%
111Kazakhstan25.0%
112Iraq24.9%
113Sweden24.3%
114New Zealand24.2%
Asia Avg37.9%
World Avg39.9%
q=145.
Meat Consumption
Lower is better
40
Pos.2021
kg40
1Congo, DR03.0
2Burundi03.5
3Bangladesh04.3
...
101Turkmenistan57.4
102Papua New Guinea58.5
103Trinidad & Tobago58.5
104Armenia60.0
105Suriname60.8
106Colombia60.9
107Slovenia61.2
108Bulgaria61.8
Asia Avg46.7
World Avg52.5
q=185.

7. Armenia's Modernity and Learning

#education #intelligence #it_security #modernity #religion #religiosity #research #science #secularisation #technology #the_internet

Compared to Asia (2020)43
Pos.Lower is better
Avg Rank43
1Taiwan10.0
2Japan21.9
3=S. Korea24.0
...
16Kazakhstan63.3
17Georgia65.1
18Vietnam67.1
19Armenia70.0
20=Azerbaijan70.1
21Iran71.7
22Kyrgyzstan71.8
23Thailand72.9
24India73.8
Asia Avg79.0
q=51.
Modernity & Learning (2020)43
Pos.Lower is better
Avg Rank43
1Finland8.4
2Taiwan10.0
3Switzerland15.1
...
74Bermuda69.0
75Trinidad & Tobago69.1
76Uruguay69.4
77Armenia70.0
78=Peru70.1
78=Azerbaijan70.1
80Egypt70.4
81Macedonia71.0
World Avg83.2
q=205.

Modernity and Education:

Research & Development
Higher is better
Pos.2016
% RDP PPP
1S. Korea4.2944
2Israel4.1144
3Japan3.5844
...
81Pakistan0.2945
82Zambia0.2846
83Botswana0.2547
84Armenia0.2445
85=Sudan0.2348
85=Uruguay0.2347
85=Mongolia0.2345
85=Bermuda0.2345
Asia Avg0.75
World Avg0.84
q=126.
Secondary Education
Higher is better
49
Pos.201849
1=Luxembourg100.0%
1=Estonia100.0%
1=Austria100.0%
...
12Kyrgyzstan98.4%
13Georgia98.0%
14Slovenia97.6%
15Armenia97.2%
16Hungary97.2%
17Palau97.1%
18New Zealand96.9%
19Switzerland96.5%
Asia Avg66.0%
World Avg63.0%
q=169.
Length of Schooling
Higher is better
50
Pos.2021
Years50
1Australia21.1
2New Zealand20.3
3Greece20.0
...
103Turkmenistan13.2
104Kyrgyzstan13.2
105Philippines13.1
106Armenia13.1
107Cameroon13.1
108Panama13.1
109Suriname13.0
110Belize13.0
Asia Avg13.5
World Avg13.5
q=193.
Intellectual Endeavours
Lower is better
32
Pos.2017
Rank32
1Ukraine1
2Czechia2
3Hungary3
...
53Russia53
54St Lucia54
55Turkey55
56Armenia56
57Guinea-Bissau57
58Central African Rep.58
59Kenya59
60Egypt60
Asia Avg97.1
World Avg82.0
q=163.
Religiosity
Lower is better
51
Pos.2018
%51
1China3
2Estonia6
3Czechia7
...
47=Tajikistan50
47=Romania50
49Georgia51
50=Armenia53
50=USA53
52Bosnia & Herzegovina54
53=Greece56
53=Paraguay56
Asia Avg55.8
World Avg54.3
q=106.
IQ
Higher is better52
Pos.200652
1=Hong Kong108
1=Singapore108
3S. Korea106
...
40=Israel95
41Kazakhstan94
42=Vietnam94
42=Armenia94
42=Romania94
42=Georgia94
46Argentina93
47=Bulgaria93
Asia Avg90.4
World Avg85.6
q=138.

Technology and Information:

Internet Users
Higher is better
53
Pos.201653
1Iceland100%
2Faroe Islands99%
3Norway98%
...
96=S. Africa52%
97Dominican Rep.52%
98Uzbekistan51%
99Armenia50%
100Iran49%
101Tunisia48%
102Moldova48%
103=Paraguay47%
Asia Avg48.7%
World Avg48.1%
q=201.
IT Security
Lower is better
54
Pos.201354
1=Ireland0.11
1=Luxembourg0.11
1=Belize0.11
...
53Mauritania1.19
54Azerbaijan1.21
55Belarus1.22
56Armenia1.22
57Malawi1.23
58Turkmenistan1.23
59Kazakhstan1.23
60Djibouti1.29
Asia Avg1.08
World Avg0.98
IPv6 Uptake
Higher is better
55
Pos.2017
Ratio55
1Belgium55.4
2Germany41.8
3Switzerland35.1
...
95=Belarus0.0
95=Azerbaijan0.0
95=Angola0.0
95=Armenia0.0
95=Cape Verde0.0
95=Nigeria0.0
95=Uzbekistan0.0
95=Colombia0.0
Asia Avg2.11
World Avg3.82
q=176.

8. National Culture

#charity #corruption #happiness #morals #politics

On the Corruption Index, Armenia scored on average 35 over the 2012-2016 period. Over the 10 years since then, it improved by 11 points.

World Giving Index
Higher is better
56
Pos.2022
%56
1Indonesia68.0
2Kenya61.0
3USA59.0
...
112=Pakistan29.0
112=Latvia29.0
112=Italy29.0
112=Armenia29.0
116Tunisia28.0
117Laos27.0
118Portugal26.0
119Lebanon24.0
Asia Avg37.9
World Avg39.6
q=125.
Corruption
Higher is better
57
Pos.2022
Points57
1Denmark90.0
2=Finland87.0
2=New Zealand87.0
...
60Vanuatu48.0
61=Jordan47.0
61=Malaysia47.0
63Armenia46.0
64=Romania46.0
65China45.0
66=Sao Tome & Principe45.0
66=Montenegro45.0
Asia Avg39.98
World Avg42.98
q=180.
Happiness
Higher is better
58
Pos.2018
Score58
1Finland7.6
2Norway7.6
3Denmark7.6
...
126Mauritania4.4
127Ethiopia4.4
128Georgia4.3
129Armenia4.3
130Myanmar (Burma)4.3
131Chad4.3
132Congo, DR4.2
133India4.2
Asia Avg5.29
World Avg5.38
q=156.
Creativity & Culture
Lower is better
32
Pos.2017
Rank32
1Belgium1
2Netherlands2
3Estonia3
...
100Nicaragua100
101Russia101
102Vietnam102
103Armenia103
104Ghana104
105Bahrain105
106Ecuador106
107Uganda107
Asia Avg99.0
World Avg82.0
q=163.
Open Trading, Aid & Development
Lower is better
32
Pos.2017
Rank32
1Ireland1
2Denmark2
3Sweden3
...
45Bosnia & Herzegovina45
46Poland46
47Japan47
48Armenia48
49UAE49
50Greece50
51Niger51
52Sri Lanka52
Asia Avg86.3
World Avg82.0
q=163.

9. Peace Versus Instability

#extremism #human_development #peace #politics #religious_violence #terrorism

Global Peace Index
Lower is better
59
Pos.2023
Score59
1Iceland1.12
2Denmark1.31
3Ireland1.31
...
63Zambia1.90
64Cyprus1.90
65Serbia1.92
66Armenia1.93
67France1.94
68Panama1.94
69Paraguay1.94
70=Liberia1.95
Asia Avg2.17
World Avg2.07
q=163.
Peacekeeping & Security
Lower is better
32
Pos.2017
Rank32
1Samoa1
2S. Africa2
3Tunisia3
...
133Portugal133
134El Salvador134
135Macedonia135
136Armenia136
137Dominica137
138Cape Verde138
139St Lucia139
140Kuwait140
Asia Avg76.0
World Avg82.0
q=163.
Refugees & UN Treaties
Lower is better
32
Pos.2017
Rank32
1Austria1
2Germany2
3Netherlands3
...
101Georgia101
102Timor-Leste (E. Timor)102
103Barbados103
104Armenia104
105Suriname105
106Namibia106
107Tunisia107
108Cape Verde108
Asia Avg92.2
World Avg82.0
q=163.
Impact of Terrorism
Lower is better
60
Pos.2019
Score60
1Togo0.00
2Mongolia0.00
3Swaziland0.00
...
54=Montenegro1.00
55Taiwan1.01
56Laos1.03
57Armenia1.17
58Senegal1.19
59Morocco1.22
60Guatemala1.33
61Georgia1.34
Asia Avg3.60
World Avg2.78
q=150.

Tensions between Armenia and Azerbaijan spilled over into conflict in 2020, centred on the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh area. This region is part of Azerbaijan, but home to a large Armenian population. Fighting began in late September 2020. The number of people killed in the conflict is disputed, but most estimates suggest that at least 4,000 Armenian troops were killed, with almost 3,000 Azerbaijani casualties, including over 500 Syrians fighting on the Azerbaijani side. A ceasefire agreement was reached in November 2020, and Russian peacekeepers are now operating in some parts of the region.

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It is a very worrying sign for Azerbaijan that it's position means the horrendously careless troops of Syria are the only forces it can draw upon for support; this choice of ally is an indicator that Azerbaijan is up to no good.

10. Economic Inequality and Poverty

#capitalism #economics #health #inequality #life_expectancy #poverty #social_development

Inequality in Life Expectancy
Lower is better62
Pos.201962
1Iceland2.40
2=Singapore2.50
2=Hong Kong2.50
...
68China7.90
69Argentina8.60
70=Barbados8.70
70=Armenia8.70
72Tunisia9.00
73=Turkey9.00
74Libya9.10
75Iran9.20
Asia Avg11.80
World Avg14.59
q=184.
Income Inequality (Gini Coefficient)
Lower is better63
Pos.2017
%63
1Ukraine25.0
2=Belarus25.4
2=Slovenia25.4
...
43Bosnia & Herzegovina33.0
44UK33.2
45Pakistan33.5
46Armenia33.6
47=Palestine33.7
47=Guinea33.7
47=Jordan33.7
50Luxembourg33.8
Asia Avg35.2
World Avg38.1
q=152.
Multidimensional Poverty
Lower is better64
Pos.2018
Severity64
1Armenia.001
2Ukraine.001
3Serbia.001
4Turkmenistan.001
5Jordan.002
6Kazakhstan.002
7Montenegro.002
8Trinidad & Tobago.002
9Maldives.003
10Albania.003
11Thailand.003
12Moldova.004
Asia Avg.084
World Avg.154
q=101.

11. Religion and Beliefs

#belief #buddhism #christianity #god #hinduism #islam #judaism #religion #religiosity #secularisation

Religiosity (2018)51
Pos.Lower is better
%51
1China3
2Estonia6
3Czechia7
...
47=Tajikistan50
47=Romania50
49Georgia51
50=Armenia53
50=USA53
52Bosnia & Herzegovina54
53=Greece56
53=Paraguay56
55Lebanon57
56Panama61
57Venezuela67
58Turkey68
59=Bolivia71
59=Botswana71
61Brazil72
62=Egypt72
World Avg54.3
q=106.
Disbelief In God (2007)65
Pos.Higher is better
%65
1Vietnam81
2Japan65
3Sweden64
...
32=Iceland16
33Spain15
34=Israel15
35Armenia14
36=Lithuania13
36=Singapore13
38Kazakhstan12
39=China12
39=Uruguay12
41USA10
42Trinidad & Tobago9
43Albania8
44=Dominican Rep.7
44=Croatia7
44=Kyrgyzstan7
44=Cambodia7
World Avg9.9
q=137.

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 below66:

Christian98.5%
Muslim0.1%
Hindu0.1%
Buddhist0.1%
Folk Religion0.1%
Jewish0.1%
Unaffiliated1.3%

By adding up the Pew Forum data for the major monotheistic religions we can see that these make up 98.7% of the population. Yet there are simply too many who disbelieve in God for this to be true (14%). This is due to the so-called 'Census Effect', whereby many put down a religion for cultural reasons rather than because it reflects their beliefs. In highly Christian countries, as many as half of those who say they're a Christian lack any connection to a Church, and do not hold Christian beliefs (such as believing in God!).

It appears that when asked "What religion are you" many give pollsters the 'correct' answer despite how they actually feel, and despite what they actually believe. Although 99% of the populace say they belong to a religion, only 53% say that they are religious when the question is phrased as "Is religion an important part of your daily life?".

For more on this phenomenon, see:

The CIA World Factbook has slightly different data, and states: Armenian Apostolic 94.7%, other Christian 4%, Yezidi (monotheist with elements of nature worship) 1.3%67.

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