The Human Truth Foundation

Belarus (Republic of Belarus)

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

By Vexen Crabtree 2013

Belarus
Republic of Belarus
StatusIndependent State
Social and Moral Index81st best
CapitalMinsk
Land Area 202 910km21
LocationEurope
Population9.5m2
Life Expectancy72.44yrs (2017)3
GNI$18 849 (2017)4
ISO3166-1 CodesBY, BLR, 1125
Internet Domain.by6
CurrencyRuble (BYR)7
Telephone+3758

1. Overview

#russia

After seven decades as a constituent republic of the USSR, Belarus attained its independence in 1991. It has retained closer political and economic ties to Russia than any of the other former Soviet republics. Belarus and Russia signed a treaty on a two-state union on 8 December 1999 envisioning greater political and economic integration. Although Belarus agreed to a framework to carry out the accord, serious implementation has yet to take place. Since his election in July 1994 as the country's first president, Aleksandr LUKASHENKO has steadily consolidated his power through authoritarian means. Government restrictions on freedom of speech and the press, peaceful assembly, and religion remain in place.

CIA's The World Factbook (2013)9

Book CoverBelarus allows the chance to visit a Europe with minimal advertising, no litter or graffiti and a generous people who relish life´s simple pleasures. Eastern Europe´s outcast, Belarus lies at the edge of the region and seems determined to avoid integration with the rest of the continent at all costs. Belarus, widely billed as `the last dictatorship in Europe´, is to the uninitiated a country deeply in thrall to the USSR circa 1974. This is the land of Soviet-style architecture, state-run media and a centralised economy that ensures every supermarket carries the same bland assortment of goods. Despite the hardships, Belarusians still find reasons to be cheerful: traditional folk singing and dancing features prominently on the calendar.

Outside the monumental Stalinist capital of Minsk, Belarus offers a simple yet pleasing landscape of cornflower fields, thick forests and picturesque villages. The country also offers two excellent national parks and is home to Europe´s largest mammal, the zoobr (or European bison). While travellers will always be subject to curiosity, they´ll also be on the receiving end of warm hospitality and genuine welcome.

"The World" by Lonely Planet (2014)10

2. Belarus National and Social Development

#economics #human_development #wealth

UN HDI (2021)11
Pos.Higher is better
Value11
1Switzerland0.962
2Norway0.961
3Iceland0.959
...
57Trinidad & Tobago0.810
58=Uruguay0.809
58=Costa Rica0.809
60Belarus0.808
61Panama0.805
62Malaysia0.803
63=Mauritius0.802
63=Georgia0.802
Europe Avg0.87
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
...
65Montenegro$20 839
66Costa Rica$19 974
67Serbia$19 123
68Belarus$18 849
69Dominican Rep.$17 990
70Mexico$17 896
71Nauru$17 730
72China$17 504
Europe Avg$40 512
World Avg$20 136
q=193.
Social & Moral
Development Index
12
Pos.Lower is better
Avg Rank12
1Norway28.6
2Denmark30.0
3Sweden30.7
...
78Colombia80.6
79Kuwait80.7
80Jordan80.7
81Belarus81.4
82Andorra81.4
83Vietnam81.5
84Jamaica81.9
85Philippines82.2
Europe Avg57.4
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. Belarus's Demographics and Migration

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

Population:

Belarus's population is predicted to fall to 8 883 000 by 2030. Developed countries with falling populations face a pension's crises, whereby an increasingly ageing population must be cared for by fewer and fewer workers. Economic stability can be maintained by increasing foreign workers from younger countries. This country has a fertility rate of 1.47. 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
...
91Hungary9.7m
92UAE9.6m
93Honduras9.6m
94Belarus9.5m
95Tajikistan9.1m
96Austria8.9m
97Serbia8.8m
98Papua New Guinea8.6m
World Avg39.0m
q=195.
Life Expectancy
Higher is better
11
Pos.2021
Years11
1Monaco85.9
2Hong Kong85.5
3Japan84.8
...
87Brazil72.8
88Dominican Rep.72.6
89Oman72.5
90Belarus72.4
91Bangladesh72.4
92Peru72.4
93Syria72.1
94Armenia72.0
World Avg71.28
q=195.
Fertility Rate
2.0 is best
13
Pos.201313
1N. Korea2.00
2Brunei1.99
3St Vincent & Grenadines2.01
...
84Kazakhstan2.52
85Ukraine1.48
86Nicaragua2.52
87Belarus1.47
88Slovenia1.47
89Italy1.47
90Cyprus1.46
91Moldova1.46
World Avg2.81
q=180.
Old-Age Dependency Ratio
Lower is better
14
Pos.2016
Per 10014
1Uganda04.3
2Mali04.5
3=Chad04.7
...
140Russia29.5
141Georgia29.7
142Montenegro30.0
143Belarus30.3
144Ukraine30.8
145Australia31.3
146Slovakia31.6
147Albania31.8
World Avg18.3
q=185.

Migration:

Immigrants15
Pos.2017
%15
1UAE88.4%
2Kuwait75.5%
3Qatar65.2%
...
50Netherlands12.1%
51Slovenia11.8%
52Denmark11.5%
53Belarus11.4%
54Montenegro11.3%
55Ukraine11.2%
56Belgium11.1%
57Greece10.9%
World Avg9.4%
q=195.
Emigrants16
Pos.2010
%16
1Dominica104.8%
2Palestine68.4%
3Samoa67.3%
...
29Lesotho20.5%
30El Salvador20.5%
31Micronesia19.7%
32Belarus18.4%
33Eritrea18.0%
34Croatia17.1%
35Liechtenstein17.1%
36Cyprus17.0%
World Avg11.5%
q=192.

4. Human Rights, Equality & Tolerance

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

Human Rights, Equality & Tolerance (2020)17
Pos.Lower is better
Avg Rank17
1Sweden9.0
2Norway14.5
3Denmark14.5
...
73Burkina Faso76.1
74Venezuela76.5
75Philippines78.3
76Belarus78.7
77Kyrgyzstan79.5
78Moldova81.3
Europe Avg51.4
World Avg87.9
q=199.
Belarus does relatively well in ensuring human rights and freedom, compared to many other countries. Belarus does better than average when it comes to speed of uptake of HR treaties18, opposing gender inequality19 (but high for Europe), the rate of gender bias (from 7 indicators)20 (but bad for Europe), commentary in Human Rights Watch reports21 (but one of the worst in Europe), its nominal commitment to Human Rights22 (but amongst the worst in Europe) and in LGBT equality23 (but amongst the worst in Europe). But, things could still be better. Belarus does worse than average in its success in fighting anti-semitic prejudice24, freethought25 (amongst the worst in Europe) and in supporting press freedom26 (the highest in Europe).

For tables, charts and commentary, see:

5. Belarus's Health

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

Compared to Europe (2020)27
Pos.Lower is better
Avg Rank27
1Monaco13.0
2Norway61.0
3=Finland65.3
...
38Andorra97.8
39Serbia98.9
40=Azerbaijan100.0
41Moldova101.5
42Montenegro102.8
43=Romania104.1
44Bulgaria105.5
45=Belarus107.1
46Ukraine107.3
Europe Avg82.5
q=46.
Health (2020)27
Pos.Lower is better
Avg Rank27
1Monaco13.0
2Hong Kong18.3
3Maldives41.0
...
143Botswana106.5
144Jamaica106.6
145=Belize107.1
145=Belarus107.1
147Ukraine107.3
148Tanzania107.5
149Mauritania107.6
150Samoa107.8
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 Maldives28. 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 Palau28.

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 Mediterranean28, whereas the worst are Micronesia, Australasia and Africa28.

For more, see:

Health:

Belarus is a pretty unhealthy country. Belarus does better than average for its adolescent birth rate19 (but bad for Europe), its food aid and health contributions and WHO compliance29 (but high for Europe), its fertility rate13 (but high for Europe) and in its average life expectancy11 (but low for Europe). But, things still need to improve in Belarus. Belarus does worse than average for its immunizations take-up30 (one of the lowest in Europe) and in its alcohol consumption rate31. It sits amongst the bottom 20 in its suicide rate32 (amongst the worst in Europe). And finally, it is second-from-the-bottom when it comes to its smoking rate33. The number of overweight adults has increased by 14% over the past 40 years. Life expectancy in Belarus improved by +4.3yrs 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
...
87Brazil72.8
88Dominican Rep.72.6
89Oman72.5
90Belarus72.4
91Bangladesh72.4
92Peru72.4
93Syria72.1
94Armenia72.0
Europe Avg78.36
World Avg71.28
q=195.
Alcohol Consumption
Lower is better
31
Pos.2016
Per Capita31
1Bangladesh0.0
2Kuwait0.0
3Libya0.0
...
160=Uruguay10.8
160=Cyprus10.8
162Serbia11.1
163Belarus11.2
164=Andorra11.3
164=Equatorial Guinea11.3
166Hungary11.4
167=UK11.5
Europe Avg10.3
World Avg6.2
q=189.
Fertility Rate
2.0 is best
13
Pos.201313
1N. Korea2.00
2Brunei1.99
3St Vincent & Grenadines2.01
...
84Kazakhstan2.52
85Ukraine1.48
86Nicaragua2.52
87Belarus1.47
88Slovenia1.47
89Italy1.47
90Cyprus1.46
91Moldova1.46
Europe Avg1.61
World Avg2.81
q=180.
Smoking Rates
Lower is better
33
Pos.201433
1Guinea 15
2Solomon Islands 26
3Kiribati 28
...
175Luxembourg2 284
176Belgium2 353
177Slovenia2 637
178Russia2 690
179Macedonia2 732
180Lebanon3 023
181Belarus3 831
182Montenegro4 125
Europe Avg1 648
World Avg 819
q=182.
Suicide Rate32
Pos.2013
Per 100k32
1Haiti0
2Grenada0
3Egypt0.1
...
84Japan49.4
85Hungary50.6
86=Kazakhstan52.4
86=Guyana52.4
88Belarus57.5
89S. Korea62
90Russia63.4
91Lithuania71.7
Europe Avg26.99
World Avg20.93
q=91.
Food Aid, Health Contributions & WHO Compliance
Lower is better
29
Pos.2017
Rank29
1Sweden1
2Ireland2
3Denmark3
...
64Lithuania64
65Cambodia65
66Georgia66
67Belarus67
68Brunei68
69Paraguay69
70Latvia70
71Liberia71
Europe Avg47.4
World Avg82.0
q=163.
Overweight Adults
Lower is better34
Pos.2016
%34
1Vietnam18.3
2India19.7
3Bangladesh20.0
...
132=Cyprus59.1
132=Iceland59.1
134Montenegro59.4
135=Belarus59.4
136France59.5
137=Belgium59.5
138Lithuania59.6
139=Croatia59.6
Europe Avg58.5
World Avg49.0
q=191.

Children's Health:

Adolescent Birth Rate
Lower is better
19
Pos.2015
Per 100019
1N. Korea0.5
2S. Korea1.6
3Switzerland2.9
...
57Macedonia17.6
58Uzbekistan17.7
59Hungary18.0
60Belarus18.2
61Serbia19.0
62Slovakia20.2
63Brunei21.0
64Bhutan21.4
Europe Avg14.6
World Avg47.9
q=185.
Infant Immunizations 2011-2015
Higher is better
30
Pos.2015
Avg %30
1=Hungary99.0
1=China99.0
3Uzbekistan98.9
...
138Namibia86.5
139Dominican Rep.86.3
140Panama86.1
141Belarus85.3
142=Canada85.2
142=Guatemala85.2
144Togo84.3
145Zambia84.2
Europe Avg92.7
World Avg88.3
q=194.

6. Belarus's Responsibility Towards The Environment

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

Compared to Europe (2023)35
Pos.Lower is better
Avg Rank35
1Greece50.4
2Italy51.8
3Germany55.8
...
23Bulgaria78.8
24Cyprus79.3
25Albania79.8
26Belarus81.5
27Belgium82.2
28Ireland82.4
29Ukraine83.2
30=Malta83.5
31Slovenia85.5
Europe Avg79.9
q=43.
Responsibility Towards The Environment (2023)35
Pos.Lower is better
Avg Rank35
1Japan33.2
2Philippines45.0
3Uruguay48.0
...
80Argentina80.8
81=Mozambique81.0
81=Dominican Rep.81.0
83Belarus81.5
84=Gambia82.0
84=Cameroon82.0
86Belgium82.2
87Djibouti82.3
World Avg85.7
q=188.
In terms of its responsibility towards the environment, Belarus ranks 83rd in the world. This rank is calculated from 6 data sets. Belarus does the best in how quickly it ratified the 1993 Convention on Biological Diversity. It does better than average in its forested percent change 1990-201536 and in its environmental performance37 (but bad for Europe). But, things still need to improve in Belarus. Belarus does worse than average in energy to GDP efficiency38, the rate of rational beliefs on the environment in the population39 and in annual meat consumption per person40.

Forest Area Change 1990-2015
Higher is better
36
Pos.2015
%36
1Iceland+205.6
2Bahrain+144.4
3Uruguay+131.3
...
37UK+13.2
38Denmark+12.6
39Lithuania+12.1
40Belarus+10.9
41India+10.5
42Gambia+10.4
43Macedonia+10.3
44Serbia+09.9
Europe Avg+15.0
World Avg+02.8
q=184.
Environmental Performance
Higher is better
37
Pos.201837
1Switzerland87.4
2France84.0
3Denmark81.6
...
41Croatia65.5
42Colombia65.2
43Hungary65.0
44Belarus65.0
45Romania64.8
46Dominican Rep.64.7
47Uruguay64.7
48Estonia64.3
Europe Avg69.6
World Avg56.4
q=180.
Energy to GDP Efficiency
Higher is better38
Pos.201438
1Hong Kong26.32
2Sri Lanka20.00
3Panama17.86
...
91=S. Korea06.29
92Estonia06.13
93Mongolia06.06
94=Belarus05.81
94=Niger05.81
96Zambia05.71
97Canada05.56
98China05.52
Europe Avg09.80
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
...
16=New Zealand1993 Dec 29
16=Japan1993 Dec 29
16=Uganda1993 Dec 29
16=Belarus1993 Dec 29
16=Burkina Faso1993 Dec 29
16=Bahamas1993 Dec 29
16=St Lucia1993 Dec 29
16=Tunisia1993 Dec 29
Europe Avg1899 Dec 30
World Avg1899 Dec 30
q=197.
Rational Beliefs on the Environment
Higher is better39
Pos.2011
%39
1Argentina78.3%
2Greece77.6%
3Brazil77.1%
...
113Sweden24.3%
114New Zealand24.2%
115Poland23.8%
116Belarus23.7%
117Afghanistan23.6%
118Russia23.5%
119Algeria23.5%
120Pakistan23.2%
Europe Avg33.6%
World Avg39.9%
q=145.
Meat Consumption
Lower is better
40
Pos.2021
kg40
1Congo, DR03.0
2Burundi03.5
3Bangladesh04.3
...
162Canada86.9
163New Caledonia87.5
164Montenegro88.4
165Belarus88.9
166Poland89.3
167St Lucia89.6
168Taiwan89.8
169Croatia90.8
Europe Avg71.1
World Avg52.5
q=185.

In the 2010s, meat consumption per person in Belarus was well above the global average (of 49kgs per year), putting unnecessary strain on water supplies and the environment.40

7. Belarus's Modernity and Learning

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

Compared to Europe (2020)41
Pos.Lower is better
Avg Rank41
1Finland8.4
2Switzerland15.1
3Estonia15.8
...
32Romania49.1
33Turkey50.1
34Malta51.6
35Belarus53.2
36Cyprus54.0
37Moldova56.3
38Serbia56.4
39Kosovo57.0
40Bosnia & Herzegovina58.1
Europe Avg41.2
q=49.
Modernity & Learning (2020)41
Pos.Lower is better
Avg Rank41
1Finland8.4
2Taiwan10.0
3Switzerland15.1
...
48Chile51.6
49Malta51.6
50S. Africa52.8
51Belarus53.2
52Cyprus54.0
53Barbados54.2
54Brazil55.1
55UAE56.0
World Avg83.2
q=205.

Modernity and Education:

Research & Development
Higher is better
Pos.2016
% RDP PPP
1S. Korea4.2942
2Israel4.1142
3Japan3.5842
...
47=Hong Kong0.7343
48Tunisia0.6843
49=Egypt0.6844
50Belarus0.6744
51Mali0.6645
52Bulgaria0.6544
53Ethiopia0.6144
54Latvia0.6044
Europe Avg1.32
World Avg0.84
q=126.
Secondary Education
Higher is better
46
Pos.201846
1=Luxembourg100.0%
1=Estonia100.0%
1=Austria100.0%
...
33Tajikistan93.1%
34Barbados92.9%
35Albania92.9%
36Belarus92.2%
37Marshall Islands92.1%
38Montenegro91.6%
39Australia90.4%
40Romania90.0%
Europe Avg88.3%
World Avg63.0%
q=169.
Length of Schooling
Higher is better
47
Pos.2021
Years47
1Australia21.1
2New Zealand20.3
3Greece20.0
...
55Japan15.2
56Liechtenstein15.2
57Mauritius15.2
58Belarus15.2
59Croatia15.1
60Montenegro15.1
61Hungary15.0
62Mongolia15.0
Europe Avg16.1
World Avg13.5
q=193.
Intellectual Endeavours
Lower is better
29
Pos.2017
Rank29
1Ukraine1
2Czechia2
3Hungary3
...
43Marshall Islands43
44S. Korea44
45Morocco45
46Belarus46
47Moldova47
48Montenegro48
49Norway49
50Fiji50
Europe Avg31.3
World Avg82.0
q=163.
Religiosity
Lower is better
48
Pos.2018
%48
1China3
2Estonia6
3Czechia7
...
23=Norway19
24Netherlands20
25=Italy21
25=Belarus21
27Ireland22
28=Kazakhstan22
28=Spain22
30Slovakia23
Europe Avg25.8
World Avg54.3
q=106.
IQ
Higher is better49
Pos.200649
1=Hong Kong108
1=Singapore108
3S. Korea106
...
31=Hungary98
32Ukraine97
33=Russia97
33=Belarus97
35Moldova96
36=Uruguay96
36=Slovenia96
36=Slovakia96
Europe Avg96.6
World Avg85.6
q=138.

Technology and Information:

Internet Users
Higher is better
50
Pos.201650
1Iceland100%
2Faroe Islands99%
3Norway98%
...
75Montenegro62%
76Bosnia & Herzegovina62%
77Azerbaijan61%
78Belarus61%
79St Vincent & Grenadines60%
80St Lucia59%
81Bulgaria59%
82=Turkey58%
Europe Avg76.7%
World Avg48.1%
q=201.
Freedom On The Internet
Lower is better
51
Pos.201251
1Estonia10
2USA12
3Germany15
...
34Egypt59
35Thailand61
36Pakistan63
37Belarus69
38=Bahrain71
38=Saudi Arabia71
40Vietnam73
41=Ethiopia75
Europe Avg31.4
World Avg46.7
q=47.
IT Security
Lower is better
52
Pos.201352
1=Ireland0.11
1=Luxembourg0.11
1=Belize0.11
...
52Nigeria1.18
53Mauritania1.19
54Azerbaijan1.21
55Belarus1.22
56Armenia1.22
57Malawi1.23
58Turkmenistan1.23
59Kazakhstan1.23
Europe Avg0.80
World Avg0.98
IPv6 Uptake
Higher is better
53
Pos.2017
Ratio53
1Belgium55.4
2Germany41.8
3Switzerland35.1
...
92=Cameroon0.0
92=Kyrgyzstan0.0
94Cambodia0.0
95=Belarus0.0
95=Azerbaijan0.0
95=Angola0.0
95=Armenia0.0
95=Cape Verde0.0
Europe Avg8.11
World Avg3.82
q=176.

8. National Culture

#corruption #happiness #politics

Corruption
Higher is better
54
Pos.2022
Points54
1Denmark90.0
2=Finland87.0
2=New Zealand87.0
...
88Maldives40.0
89=India40.0
89=Guyana40.0
91Belarus39.0
92=Moldova39.0
92=Colombia39.0
94Ethiopia38.0
95=Brazil38.0
Europe Avg57.61
World Avg42.98
q=180.

Belarus's position on the Corruption Perception Index is in flux. In the 2000s, it suffered the fourth-worst decline in the world, falling to 139th. But in the 2010s, it then (jointly) improved its CPI score more than any other country, rising to 66th in 2019.55

Happiness
Higher is better
56
Pos.2018
Score56
1Finland7.6
2Norway7.6
3Denmark7.6
...
71Philippines5.5
72Honduras5.5
73=Turkey5.5
73=Belarus5.5
75Pakistan5.5
76Hong Kong5.4
77Portugal5.4
78Serbia5.4
Europe Avg6.06
World Avg5.38
q=156.
Creativity & Culture
Lower is better
29
Pos.2017
Rank29
1Belgium1
2Netherlands2
3Estonia3
...
92Haiti92
93Tunisia93
94Papua New Guinea94
95Belarus95
96Mongolia96
97Madagascar97
98Bolivia98
99El Salvador99
Europe Avg35.0
World Avg82.0
q=163.
Open Trading, Aid & Development
Lower is better
29
Pos.2017
Rank29
1Ireland1
2Denmark2
3Sweden3
...
81Romania81
82Costa Rica82
83Kuwait83
84Belarus84
85Saudi Arabia85
86Azerbaijan86
87Uganda87
88Vietnam88
Europe Avg42.6
World Avg82.0
q=163.

9. Peace Versus Instability

#human_development #peace #politics

Global Peace Index
Lower is better
57
Pos.2023
Score57
1Iceland1.12
2Denmark1.31
3Ireland1.31
...
113Congo, (Brazzaville)2.21
114Mauritania2.23
115Philippines2.23
116Belarus2.25
117Kenya2.25
118Mozambique2.26
119Saudi Arabia2.26
120Honduras2.27
Europe Avg1.70
World Avg2.07
q=163.
Peacekeeping & Security
Lower is better
29
Pos.2017
Rank29
1Samoa1
2S. Africa2
3Tunisia3
...
129Dominican Rep.129
130Papua New Guinea130
131Syria131
132Belarus132
133Portugal133
134El Salvador134
135Macedonia135
136Armenia136
Europe Avg84.6
World Avg82.0
q=163.
Refugees & UN Treaties
Lower is better
29
Pos.2017
Rank29
1Austria1
2Germany2
3Netherlands3
...
89India89
90Cameroon90
91Venezuela91
92Belarus92
93Ghana93
94Qatar94
95Peru95
96Gabon96
Europe Avg37.8
World Avg82.0
q=163.

Belarus recorded the largest deterioration [in peacefulness] in the region [up to 2021] and the second largest deterioration globally. Overall peacefulness in the country declined by 8.7 per cent [...]. Violent demonstrations deteriorated as Belarus experienced the largest anti-government protests in its history, organised by the opposition in response to President Lukashenko seeking a sixth term in office.

"Global Peace Index" by Institute for Economics & Peace (2021)58

Once President Lukashenko's position was secured with the hefty support of Russian powers, he subsequently aided Russia in its 2022 invasion of Ukraine.

10. Economic Inequality and Poverty

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

Inequality in Life Expectancy
Lower is better59
Pos.201959
1Iceland2.40
2=Singapore2.50
2=Hong Kong2.50
...
31Croatia4.30
32=Poland4.30
32=New Zealand4.30
34Belarus4.40
35=Canada4.60
35=Malta4.60
37Serbia4.90
38Slovakia5.00
Europe Avg4.86
World Avg14.59
q=184.
Income Inequality (Gini Coefficient)
Lower is better60
Pos.2017
%60
1Ukraine25.0
2=Belarus25.4
2=Slovenia25.4
4Czechia25.9
5=Moldova25.9
6Slovakia26.5
7Finland27.1
8Kyrgyzstan27.3
9=Kazakhstan27.5
9=Norway27.5
11Algeria27.6
12Belgium27.7
Europe Avg31.5
World Avg38.1
q=152.

11. Religion and Beliefs

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

Religiosity (2018)48
Pos.Lower is better
%48
1China3
2Estonia6
3Czechia7
...
23=Norway19
24Netherlands20
25=Italy21
25=Belarus21
27Ireland22
28=Kazakhstan22
28=Spain22
30Slovakia23
31=Ukraine23
32Canada27
33=Uzbekistan29
33=Uruguay29
35Poland30
36Serbia34
37=Israel36
37=Portugal36
World Avg54.3
q=106.
Disbelief In God (2007)61
Pos.Higher is better
%61
1Vietnam81
2Japan65
3Sweden64
...
27Austria18
28=Slovakia17
28=Switzerland17
28=Belarus17
31Greece16
32=Iceland16
33Spain15
34=Israel15
35Armenia14
36=Lithuania13
36=Singapore13
38Kazakhstan12
39=China12
39=Uruguay12
41USA10
42Trinidad & Tobago9
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 below62:

Christian71.2%
Muslim0.2%
Hindu0.1%
Buddhist0.1%
Folk Religion0.1%
Jewish0.1%
Unaffiliated28.6%

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 71.8% of the populace say they belong to a religion, only 21% 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: Eastern Orthodox 80%, other (including Roman Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, and Muslim) 20% (1997 est.)63.

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