The Human Truth Foundation

Which Countries are Most Modern, With the Best Education and Internet Access?

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

By Vexen Crabtree 2020

#bahrain #education #ethiopia #india #modernity #pakistan #russia #the_internet

The most modern countries, with the best results from education, the highest levels of research, and with the easiest access to information on the Internet, are Finland, Taiwan and Switzerland. The worst countries are Eritrea, Sierra Leone and S. Sudan. Despite improves in global education, access to tertially (adult) education is becoming increasingly unequal between the rich haves and the poor have-nots1.

The data sets used to calculate points for each country are statistics on Research and Development, Secondary Education, Length of Schooling, Intellectual Endeavours, Maths, Science & Reading, Religiosity, IQ, the percent of citizens with access to the internet, Freedom On The Internet, IT Security and IPv6 Uptake. The regions with the best average results per country are Scandinavia, Baltic States and Europe, whereas the worst are Melanesia, Africa and Micronesia.


1. The Criteria: Modernity and Education

Modernity and Education

Overall Results:
Best: Finland, Taiwan, Switzerland
Regions: Scandinavia, Baltic States and Europe
Worst: Eritrea, Sierra Leone, S. Sudan
Regions: Melanesia, Africa and Micronesia
Constituent Data Sets: Modernity and Education
1. Research and DevelopmentBest: S. Korea, Israel, Japan
Worst: Lesotho, 3-country draw
2. Secondary EducationBest: 6-country draw
Worst: Chad, Niger, Burkina Faso
3. Length of SchoolingBest: Australia, New Zealand, Greece
Worst: S. Sudan, Niger, Mali

2010s: Australia, Belgium, Iceland, S. Sudan, Niger, Djibouti

2000s: Australia, Belgium, Iceland, Niger, Djibouti, Burkina Faso

1990s: Australia, Canada, Belgium, Niger, Djibouti, Ethiopia

4. Intellectual EndeavoursBest: Ukraine, Czechia, Hungary
Worst: Angola, Iraq, Bolivia
5. Maths, Science & ReadingBest: Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan
Worst: Dominican Rep., Algeria, Kosovo
6. ReligiosityBest: China, Estonia, Czechia
Worst: Ethiopia, Senegal, 2-country draw
7. IQBest: Singapore, Hong Kong, S. Korea
Worst: 6-country draw
Constituent Data Sets: Technology and Information
8. Internet UsersBest: Iceland, Faroe Islands, Norway
Worst: Eritrea, Timor-Leste (E. Timor), Burundi
9. Freedom On The InternetBest: Estonia, USA, Germany
Worst: Iran, Cuba, China
10. IT SecurityBest: Belize, Ireland, Luxembourg
Worst: USA, Russia, India
11. IPv6 UptakeBest: Belgium, Germany, Switzerland
Worst: 59-country draw

1.1. Research and Development

#countries #denmark #finland #israel #japan #politics #research #science #south_korea #sweden #taiwan

Research & Development (2016)
Pos.Higher is better
% RDP PPP
1S. Korea4.292
2Israel4.112
3Japan3.582
4Finland3.172
5Sweden3.162
6Denmark3.052
7Taiwan3.012
8Austria3.003
9Switzerland2.964
10Germany2.842
11USA2.745
12Belgium2.462
13Slovenia2.392
14France2.262
15Australia2.256
16=Singapore2.005
16=Czechia2.002
18Netherlands1.972
19Iceland1.892
20=Norway1.702
q=126.
Research & Development (2016)
Pos.Lower is worse
% RDP PPP
126Lesotho0.016
125=China0.037
123=El Salvador0.034
121=Iraq0.036
122Colombia0.047
121=Honduras0.048
119=Bahrain0.047
117=Guatemala0.044
118Trinidad & Tobago0.054
117=Macau0.057
116Saudi Arabia0.079
115=Cape Verde0.076
113=Algeria0.0710
113Indonesia0.087
112=Congo, DR0.0811
111Paraguay0.094
110Peru0.1010
109=Madagascar0.116
107=Myanmar (Burma)0.118
105=Philippines0.1112
q=126.

Research and Development is a long-term boost to Human understanding: science improves our knowledge of the world, and new products such as better batteries for devices can improve our quality of lives. The world needs discoveries to help combat climate change, mitigate starvation and fight disease. The ten countries that commit most to Research and Development (as a percent of their GDP PPP) are mostly predictable; Japan, Finland, Sweden and Denmark top most developmental indices of any kind. Also in the list can be found technologically savvy South Korea and Taiwan and a few well-developed European countries. The only surprise (for some) is Israel, sitting 2nd in the list.

For more, see:

Research and Development By Global Region:

Research & Development (2016)
AreaHigher is better
% RDP PPP
Africa...0.36
Asia...0.75
Australasia1.71
Europe...1.32
North America0.57
South America0.34
The Middle East...0.66
World0.84

1.2. Secondary Education

#education

Secondary Education (2018)13
Pos.Higher is better13
1=Luxembourg100.0%
1=Estonia100.0%
1=Austria100.0%
1=Canada100.0%
1=Finland100.0%
1=Iceland100.0%
7Uzbekistan99.9%
8Czechia99.8%
9Slovakia99.3%
10Latvia99.2%
11Kazakhstan98.6%
12Kyrgyzstan98.4%
13Georgia98.0%
14Slovenia97.6%
15Armenia97.2%
16Hungary97.2%
17Palau97.1%
18New Zealand96.9%
19Switzerland96.5%
20Moldova96.4%
q=169.
Secondary Education (2018)13
Pos.Lower is worse13
169Chad6.0%
168Niger6.6%
167Burkina Faso8.8%
166Burundi9.3%
165Guinea11.7%
164Bhutan12.0%
163Papua New Guinea12.5%
162Mali13.1%
161Tanzania14.3%
160Rwanda16.3%
159Ethiopia17.1%
158Sudan17.5%
157Senegal17.6%
156Mauritania18.8%
155Mozambique19.3%
154Cambodia21.3%
153Malawi21.8%
152Central African Rep.22.1%
151Myanmar (Burma)25.8%
150Afghanistan26.1%
q=169.

This data shows the "percentage of the population ages 25 and older that has reached (but not necessarily completed) a secondary level of education"14.

Secondary Education By Global Region:

Secondary Education (2018)13
AreaHigher is better13
Africa...34.4%
Asia...66.0%
Australasia79.3%
Europe...88.3%
North America64.7%
South America60.5%
The Middle East...62.5%
World63.0%

1.3. Length of Schooling

#1990s #2000s #2010s #education

Length of Schooling
Higher is better
15
Pos.2021
Years15
2010s
Yrs15
2000s
Yrs15
1990s
Yrs15
1Australia21.122.321.518.7
2New Zealand20.318.817.916.2
3Greece20.018.215.513.0
4Belgium19.619.518.616.5
5Sweden19.418.017.015.6
6Iceland19.219.118.015.8
7Finland19.118.617.416.2
8Ireland18.918.517.013.6
9Denmark18.718.716.615.0
10Netherlands18.718.016.516.0
11Grenada18.718.516.915.1
12Turkey18.316.512.19.7
13Norway18.217.817.415.5
14Spain17.917.315.815.1
15Argentina17.917.416.213.5
16Slovenia17.717.416.412.8
17UK17.317.016.214.8
18Hong Kong17.316.314.913.6
19Germany17.016.816.315.5
20Portugal16.916.515.714.3
q=193.
Length of Schooling
Higher is better
15
Pos.2021
Years15
2010s
Yrs15
2000s
Yrs15
1990s
Yrs15
193S. Sudan5.55.36.34.8
192Niger7.05.83.52.3
191Mali7.47.56.03.0
190Djibouti7.46.74.32.8
189Sudan7.97.56.34.8
188Chad8.07.55.73.4
187Central African Rep.8.07.35.84.8
186Eritrea8.18.27.65.5
185Pakistan8.77.55.94.9
184Senegal9.08.96.64.8
183Yemen9.19.18.57.1
182Burkina Faso9.18.14.62.9
181Syria9.210.110.910.0
180Tanzania9.28.77.75.6
179Mauritania9.48.67.15.1
178Tuvalu9.410.610.910.0
177Gambia9.48.67.35.4
176Sierra Leone9.69.37.35.0
175Ethiopia9.78.96.32.9
174Haiti9.79.28.37.5
q=193.

This data shows the "number of years of schooling that a child of school entrance age can expect to receive if prevailing patterns of age-specific enrolment rates persist throughout the child´s life"16. It seems sensible that at some point an upper ceiling is necessary, so that countries with (for example) over 20 years of expected schooling gain no further points. However, we do not yet have a problem with lives being wasted by knowledge. Almost everywhere, we have the opposite problem: lives being wasted through ignorance. The more that we can encourage learning, the better. We are at a stage of human development where we have, by a long way, reached a sufficient quantity of humans, and now, we need to improve the quality of humans. Education is the key that opens successive doors, generating understanding and giving life meaning, creating life options and allowing informed choices when approaching the world.

Length of Schooling By Global Region:

Area2021
Years15
2010s
Yrs15
2000s
Yrs15
1990s
Yrs15
Africa...11.010.69.07.2
Asia...13.513.011.710.2
Australasia13.413.312.511.6
Europe...16.115.814.713.1
North America13.913.712.711.5
South America14.814.513.311.9
The Middle East...13.813.312.310.9
World13.513.211.910.4

1.4. Intellectual Endeavours

Intellectual Endeavours (2017)17
Pos.Lower is better
Rank17
1Ukraine1
2Czechia2
3Hungary3
4Denmark4
5UK5
6Austria6
7Finland7
8Netherlands8
9Belgium9
10Slovenia10
11Switzerland11
12New Zealand12
13Latvia13
14Bulgaria14
15Iceland15
16Bosnia & Herzegovina16
17Sweden17
18Lithuania18
19Macedonia19
20Australia20
q=163.
Intellectual Endeavours (2017)17
Pos.Higher is worse
Rank17
163Angola163
162Iraq162
161Bolivia161
160Indonesia160
159Afghanistan159
158Guyana158
157Equatorial Guinea157
156Tanzania156
155Paraguay155
154Zambia154
153Cambodia153
152Sierra Leone152
151Gabon151
150Libya150
149Venezuela149
148Lesotho148
147Mozambique147
146Philippines146
145Qatar145
144Congo, (Brazzaville)144
q=163.

The Good Country Index gauges how well countries are doing in helping international development. Their criteria on Contributions to Science & Technology include:

  1. International students: Number of foreign students studying in the country (according to UNESCO) relative to the size of the economy.

  2. Journal exports: Exports of periodicals, scientific journals and newspapers (according to ITC) relative to the size of the economy.

  3. International publications: Number of articles published in international journals (according to SCImago) relative to the size of the economy.

  4. Nobel prizes: Accumulated Nobel prizes (up to 2014) assigned to countries based on laureates' country of birth as well as country (countries) of institutional affiliation at the time of the award, relative to the size of the economy.

  5. Patents: Number of International Patent Cooperation Treaty applications (according to WIPO) relative to the size of the economy.

Intellectual Endeavours By Global Region:

Intellectual Endeavours (2017)17
AreaLower is better
Rank17
Africa...106.4
Asia...97.1
Australasia58.7
Europe...31.3
North America86.8
South America122.4
The Middle East...93.0
World82.0

1.5. Maths, Science & Reading

#education #english #maths #science

Maths, Science & Reading (2015)18
Pos.Higher is better
Score18
1Singapore1655
2Hong Kong1598
3Japan1586
4Macau1582
5Estonia1573
6=Taiwan1571
6=Canada1571
8Finland1568
9S. Korea1557
10China154319
11=Ireland1528
11=Slovenia1528
13Germany1524
14=Netherlands1524
15Switzerland1519
16New Zealand1517
17=Norway1513
17=Denmark1513
19Poland1511
20Belgium1508
q=70.
Maths, Science & Reading (2015)18
Pos.Lower is worse
Score18
70Dominican Rep.1018
69Algeria1086
68Kosovo1087
67Macedonia1107
66Tunisia1114
65Lebanon1129
64Peru1182
63Brazil1185
62Indonesia1186
61Jordan1197
60Georgia1216
59Qatar1222
58Colombia1231
57=Thailand1245
55=Albania1245
55Mexico1247
54=Costa Rica1247
53Montenegro1256
52Moldova1264
51Trinidad & Tobago1269
q=70.

The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA - part of the OECD) tests 15-year-old student's capabilities every 3 years. It is hard to imagine a more important and long-lasting improvement for a populace than a good education, be this government-led, parent-led or community-led.

Maths, Science & Reading By Global Region:

Maths, Science & Reading (2015)18
AreaHigher is better
Score18
Africa...1100
Asia...1398
Australasia1512
Europe...1417
North America1303
South America1271
The Middle East...1264
World1389

1.6. Religiosity

#religion #religiosity #secularisation

Religiosity (2018)20
Pos.Lower is better
%20
1China3
2Estonia6
3Czechia7
4=Switzerland9
4=Denmark9
6Germany10
7=UK10
7=Sweden10
7=Japan10
7=Finland10
11Latvia11
12=France11
12=Belgium11
14Austria12
15Hungary14
16Albania15
17=Lithuania16
17=S. Korea16
17=Russia16
20Australia18
q=106.
Religiosity (2018)20
Pos.Higher is worse
%20
106=Senegal98
104=Ethiopia98
104Pakistan94
103=Mali94
102Tanzania93
101=Indonesia93
99=Burkina Faso93
99Afghanistan92
98=Morocco91
96=Zambia91
94=Guinea-Bissau91
92=Philippines91
94Cameroon90
93=Liberia90
91=Honduras90
89=Rwanda90
90Ghana89
89=Djibouti89
87=Guatemala89
87Nicaragua88
q=106.

High rates of religion are directly and indirectly linked with many inequalities and problems. For example, male-dominated society and abuse of women, gender inequality, poor adoption of human rights and anti-science and poor education policies. The data used here is part of the Social and Moral Index formula21 to grant points based on areligiosity. The data set on belief in god is only informational, as such personal beliefs are not the same thing as organised, endemic religion. Note that on official polls, many answer the question 'are you religious' in the way they think is correct and traditional, rather than the way that is accurate; hence the 2018 asks people if they are very religious22.

The developed world is becoming increasingly non-religious as part of a process called secularisation and portions of the rest of the world are following suit23; secularisation is especially prominent in Europe24.

The least religious countries are China (3%), Estonia (6%) and Czechia (7%)20 and those with the lowest belief in god(s) are Vietnam (81%), Japan (65%) and Sweden (64%)25. Conversely, the most religious countries are Ethiopia (98%), Senegal (98%) and Mali (94%)20 and the most religious regions of the world are Africa (86.96%), Central America (81.5%) and The Caribbean (78%)20.

For more, see:

Religiosity By Global Region:

Religiosity (2018)20
AreaLower is better
%20
Africa...87.0
Asia...55.8
Australasia18.0
Europe...25.8
North America69.9
South America60.5
The Middle East...70.5
World54.3

1.7. IQ

#intelligence

IQ (2006)26
Pos.Higher is better26
1=Hong Kong108
1=Singapore108
3S. Korea106
4=Japan105
4=Taiwan105
4=China105
7Italy102
8=Iceland101
8=Switzerland101
8=Mongolia101
11Netherlands100
12=Norway100
12=Austria100
12=UK100
15New Zealand99
16=Poland99
16=Germany99
16=Finland99
16=Estonia99
16=Sweden99
q=138.
IQ (2006)26
Pos.Lower is worse26
138=Mozambique64
136=Central African Rep.64
134=Congo, (Brazzaville)64
132=Sierra Leone64
130=Cameroon64
128=Ethiopia64
132Gambia66
131=Senegal66
129=Zimbabwe66
129Haiti67
128=Liberia67
126=Guinea67
126Somalia68
125=Chad68
123=Angola68
121=Burkina Faso68
122Ivory Coast69
121=Mali69
119=Burundi69
117=Malawi69
q=138.

IQ By Global Region:

IQ (2006)26
AreaHigher is better26
Africa...70.6
Asia...90.4
Australasia98.5
Europe...96.6
North America83.5
South America87.8
The Middle East...84.8
World85.6

1.8. Internet Users

#the_internet

Internet Users (2016)27
Pos.Higher is better27
1Iceland100%
2Faroe Islands99%
3Norway98%
4Bermuda97%
5Andorra97%
6Denmark96%
7Liechtenstein96%
8Luxembourg95%
9Netherlands94%
10Sweden93%
11Monaco93%
12UK93%
13Finland93%
14Qatar92%
15UAE92%
16Bahrain92%
17Estonia91%
18Japan91%
19New Zealand89%
20=USA89%
q=201.
Internet Users (2016)27
Pos.Lower is worse27
201Eritrea1%
200Timor-Leste (E. Timor)1%
199Burundi2%
198Somalia2%
197Guinea2%
196Niger2%
195Sierra Leone2%
194Myanmar (Burma)3%
193Chad3%
192Guinea-Bissau4%
191Congo, DR4%
190Ethiopia4%
189Madagascar4%
188Central African Rep.5%
187Tanzania5%
186Benin6%
185Mozambique6%
184Malawi7%
183Afghanistan7%
182=Comoros7%
q=201.

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.

The United Nation's human development report of 2019 stated that internet access falls within things "once considered luxuries that are now... critical to compete and belong"28. 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.

For more, see:

Internet Users By Global Region:

Internet Users (2016)27
AreaHigher is better27
Africa...18.4%
Asia...48.7%
Australasia44.3%
Europe...76.7%
North America57.5%
South America53.9%
The Middle East...60.4%
World48.1%

1.9. Freedom On The Internet

#politics #the_internet

Freedom On The Internet (2012)29
Pos.Lower is better29
1Estonia10
2USA12
3Germany15
4Australia18
5Hungary19
6=Philippines23
6=Italy23
8UK25
9=S. Africa26
9=Argentina26
11Ukraine27
12=Brazil27
13Kenya29
14Georgia30
15Nigeria33
16=S. Korea34
16=Uganda34
18Kyrgyzstan35
19Mexico37
20India39
q=47.
Freedom On The Internet (2012)29
Pos.Higher is worse29
47Iran90
46Cuba86
45China85
44Syria83
43Uzbekistan77
42=Ethiopia75
40=Myanmar (Burma)75
40Vietnam73
39=Bahrain71
37=Saudi Arabia71
37Belarus69
36Pakistan63
35Thailand61
34Egypt59
33Kazakhstan58
32Sri Lanka55
31Zimbabwe54
30Russia52
29Rwanda51
28Azerbaijan50
q=47.

This is an important category as internet access allows access to varied sources of information outside of state influence, and access to the information age is a massive boost to personal liberty and personal potential. Scores are derived from these categories:

  1. "Obstacles to Access: assesses infrastructural and economic barriers to access; governmental efforts to block specific applications or technologies; and legal, regulatory and ownership control over internet and mobile phone access providers."
  2. "Limits on Content: examines filtering and blocking of websites; other forms of censorship and self-censorship; manipulation of content; the diversity of online news media; and usage of digital media for social and political activism."
  3. "Violations of User Rights: measures legal protections and restrictions on online activity; surveillance; privacy; and repercussions for online activity, such as legal prosecution, imprisonment, physical attacks, or other forms of harassment."

14 countries improved their stance on allowing access to the Internet uncensored by political or ideological bias, since last year. Bahrain, Pakistan, and Ethiopia saw the biggest increases in authoritarian behaviour. In many countries, imprisonment and violence against journalists and bloggers increased, and Pakistan's infamous blasphemy laws were increasingly enforced for online behaviour, reducing its ranking somewhat. "Only 4 of the 20 countries that recently experienced declines are considered electoral democracies. [...]"

"Regimes are covertly hiring armies of pro-government bloggers to tout the official point of view, discredit opposition activists, or disseminate false information about unfolding events [and] over the last year, it has been adopted in more than a quarter of the countries examined. The Bahraini authorities, for example, have employed hundreds of "trolls" whose responsibility is to scout popular domestic and international websites, and while posing as ordinary users, attack the credibility of those who post information that reflects poorly on the government."

Also see:

Freedom On The Internet By Global Region:

Freedom On The Internet (2012)29
AreaLower is better29
Africa...45.0
Asia...56.6
Australasia18.0
Europe...31.4
North America45.0
South America33.7
The Middle East...66.4
World46.7

1.10. IT Security

#it_security

IT Security (2013)30
Pos.Lower is better30
1=Ireland0.11
1=Luxembourg0.11
1=Belize0.11
4Hong Kong0.12
5Mexico0.16
6Israel0.20
7Colombia0.22
8=S. Africa0.22
8=Japan0.22
10Philippines0.24
11Czechia0.24
12Argentina0.27
13Hungary0.27
14Peru0.30
15Latvia0.33
16Pakistan0.38
17Taiwan0.44
18Sweden0.44
19Romania0.52
20Turkey0.52
IT Security (2013)30
Pos.Higher is worse30
81USA3.68
80Russia2.42
79India2.10
78Sudan1.98
77Bangladesh1.87
76Iraq1.84
75Oman1.72
74Sri Lanka1.67
73Angola1.61
72China1.59
71Maldives1.57
70Tanzania1.50
69Rwanda1.50
68Netherlands1.47
67Germany1.46
66Afghanistan1.45
65Nepal1.45
64Ukraine1.44
63Uganda1.44
62Mongolia1.42

This index measures to what extent countries produce spam and malware. Spam has threatened to destroy the world's email systems and has certainly cost the IT industry billions in mitigation. "Malware" is malicious software, and the index takes into account the number of servers based in country that are Botnet CnC machines (which are bad), and the numbers of servers that host malicious downloads, including some of those associated with the infamous Blackhole crimepak.

Russia's authorities have historically been quite lax toward cybercriminals.

Kaspersky Labs (2012)

The index also includes measures of host-based virus-detection from removable devices such as USB drives. This measures the danger in running IT systems in those locations, and probably reflects badly on the society and governments level of understanding of IT security in general.

Being a source of spam or malware is gauged as being four times worse than the other factors considered, especially as detection and block actions from antivirus are a good thing and only indirectly give away the fact that the IT security of the local environment is bad.

The data comes from a range of IT security companies including AVG, Kaspersky, McAfee and Sophos, covering 2010, 2011 and 2012 reports. In total, 17 reports' data were accumulated for this index, in all cases listing the worst offenders. In all this data only 83 unique countries appeared. All countries not on these lists have been given full points on account of no news being good news!

The upside to this IT Security index is that countries that are host to malware score lowly, bringing down their average scores. The downside to this negative index is that over 100 countries scored top points and many of these are not countries that have excellent IT security, but merely are countries that do not have much IT infrastructure. Hopefully a positive measure of IT security will resolve this in the future.

IT Security By Global Region:

IT Security (2013)30
AreaLower is better30
Africa...1.07
Asia...1.08
Australasia0.63
Europe...0.80
North America1.20
South America0.49
The Middle East...0.96
World0.98

1.11. IPv6 Uptake

#the_internet

IPv6 Uptake (2017)31
Pos.Higher is better
Ratio31
1Belgium55.4
2Germany41.8
3Switzerland35.1
4USA35.0
5Greece33.5
6Luxembourg32.4
7India26.8
8Portugal26.6
9Ireland26.1
10UK24.7
11Japan22.1
12France18.8
13Canada18.3
14Peru18.3
15Ecuador18.2
16Estonia17.6
17Malaysia16.5
18Norway14.7
19Australia14.6
20Trinidad & Tobago14.5
q=176.
IPv6 Uptake (2017)31
Pos.Lower is worse
Ratio31
176=Equatorial Guinea0.0
174=Jordan0.0
172=Fiji0.0
170=Jamaica0.0
168=Libya0.0
166=Montenegro0.0
164=St Vincent & Grenadines0.0
162=Cuba0.0
160=Dominica0.0
158=St Lucia0.0
156=Lebanon0.0
154=Gabon0.0
152=Grenada0.0
150=Belize0.0
148=Lesotho0.0
146=Suriname0.0
144=Oman0.0
142=Barbados0.0
140=Bahrain0.0
138=Aruba0.0
q=176.

The time for preparation and transition is over: we should all be moving to IPv6. This is largely an issue for ISPs and large telecommunications companies, spurred on by government and citizen pressure. It is not good enough to ignore IPv6. Eventually when IPv4 support is removed from infrastructure, the entire network-of-networks (as well as individual networks) will run more smoothly and quicker. Don't hold up progress!

Sometimes, transition is a case of having to buy new equipment, but often the cost is tied up with having qualified administrators to make required configuration changes (and testing) on network devices. Because of this, the Social & Moral Development index only rates countries that have are at over $1,000 GDP per capita, in order to avoid punishing countries that are simply to poor and too troubled to modernize right now. Of the countries with the lowest GDP per Capita in the results, India performs very well indeed, proving to others that it can be done even where investments are spread thinly.

IPv6 Uptake By Global Region:

IPv6 Uptake (2017)31
AreaHigher is better
Ratio31
Africa...0.04
Asia...2.11
Australasia1.55
Europe...8.11
North America2.76
South America4.76
The Middle East...0.57
World3.82

2. Overall Results by Country

#education #human_development #modernity #technology #the_internet

The overall scores are simply an average of each countries' position in all of the data sets that make up this category. Countries only receive a ranking if they have at least 4 different data points across the data sets. The overall results for each country are listed alongside their position in the Social and Moral Development Index.

Pos.Modernity & Learning (2020)
Lower is better

Avg Rank32
Social & Moral
Lower is better

Avg Rank33
1Finland8.431.7
2Taiwan10.044.5
3Switzerland15.137.2
4Estonia15.851.0
5Denmark16.030.0
6Belgium16.140.1
7Czechia16.750.0
8New Zealand17.634.0
9Sweden18.630.7
10Germany18.637.4
11Australia19.238.2
12Iceland19.635.0
13Austria19.638.6
14Norway21.028.6
15Slovenia21.347.6
16UK21.539.0
17Canada21.636.8
18Ireland21.740.2
19Japan21.940.5
20=S. Korea24.046.9
20=Faroe Islands24.0
22Hungary24.253.8
23Luxembourg24.443.3
24Netherlands24.732.1
25Singapore27.950.3
26Latvia28.264.4
27France28.843.2
28USA29.357.3
29Israel32.266.5
30Hong Kong32.6
31Poland34.656.2
32Lithuania35.065.8
33Spain37.144.7
34Italy38.547.4
35Slovakia39.558.7
36Portugal40.152.7
37Russia40.687.0
38Greece40.959.5
39Argentina43.866.5
40Croatia44.365.7
41Ukraine47.178.5
42Bulgaria47.365.5
43Liechtenstein47.757.1
44Romania49.165.8
45Turkey50.176.7
46Malaysia50.274.2
47Macau50.8
48Chile51.657.2
49Malta51.656.5
50S. Africa52.880.1
q=205.
Pos.Modernity & Learning (2020)
Lower is better

Avg Rank32
Social & Moral
Lower is better

Avg Rank33
51Belarus53.281.4
52Cyprus54.059.0
53Barbados54.270.3
54Brazil55.170.9
55UAE56.075.5
56Moldova56.379.4
57Serbia56.471.1
58St Kitts & Nevis56.791.2
59Kosovo57.065.6
60Puerto Rico57.5
61Bosnia & Herzegovina58.176.7
62Palau59.3111.9
63Mexico59.875.1
64Saudi Arabia60.491.2
65Uzbekistan61.790.4
66China61.980.0
67Kazakhstan63.387.6
68Monaco64.548.8
69Georgia65.178.6
70Montenegro66.078.4
71Vietnam67.181.5
72Grenada68.583.2
73Costa Rica68.955.0
74Bermuda69.0
75Trinidad & Tobago69.177.9
76Uruguay69.453.2
77Armenia70.080.0
78=Peru70.173.6
78=Azerbaijan70.192.7
80Egypt70.494.3
81Macedonia71.078.9
82Aruba71.5
83Iran71.797.7
84Kyrgyzstan71.887.6
85Albania72.473.2
86Thailand72.975.7
87Tunisia73.473.6
88India73.888.9
89Andorra74.581.4
90Tonga75.2102.4
91=New Caledonia75.5
91=Qatar75.577.5
93Bahrain75.684.4
94Colombia77.180.6
95Kuwait77.680.7
96Sri Lanka79.675.2
97Kenya79.896.3
98Bahamas80.090.8
99Cuba80.378.3
100Fiji80.886.5
q=205.
Pos.Modernity & Learning (2020)
Lower is better

Avg Rank32
Social & Moral
Lower is better

Avg Rank33
101Jordan81.180.7
102Seychelles81.379.5
103Philippines81.882.2
104Cayman Islands82.0
105Dominican Rep.83.487.0
106Dominica83.893.2
107Ecuador83.974.9
108Antigua & Barbuda84.088.0
109Lebanon85.789.5
110Mauritius85.866.0
111=Belize86.091.8
111=US Virgin Islands86.0
113Venezuela87.197.2
114Morocco87.484.6
115Panama88.078.8
116Tajikistan88.396.7
117Oman88.986.6
118=Greenland90.0
118=Mongolia90.079.2
120Bolivia90.184.2
121St Vincent & Grenadines90.389.5
122Brunei91.691.1
123Palestine92.0
124Indonesia92.390.1
125Nigeria94.1114.0
126French Polynesia95.0
127Uganda95.3103.0
128Ghana96.791.0
129Libya97.0103.6
130Botswana97.796.2
131=Jamaica97.881.9
131=St Lucia97.892.9
133Pakistan97.9115.7
134Nauru99.0129.2
135Maldives99.879.9
136Cameroon101.6113.1
137Zimbabwe101.8120.3
138Marshall Islands102.8120.8
139Algeria103.493.7
140Samoa103.4105.2
141Paraguay104.490.2
142Turkmenistan105.3105.8
143Guinea-Bissau106.0123.0
144Zambia107.9101.4
145Ethiopia108.4111.5
146Nepal110.894.3
147El Salvador111.188.0
148Guatemala111.791.4
149Bhutan112.384.3
150Rwanda112.3103.5
q=205.
Pos.Modernity & Learning (2020)
Lower is better

Avg Rank32
Social & Moral
Lower is better

Avg Rank33
151Bangladesh112.9100.7
152Suriname114.498.0
153Laos115.2110.7
154Cape Verde116.389.2
155Vanuatu117.0102.2
156Nicaragua117.792.3
157Swaziland118.0116.5
158Gabon118.3110.0
159=Senegal119.096.5
159=Namibia119.099.6
161Sudan119.8126.9
162Sao Tome & Principe120.3105.8
163Burkina Faso120.6103.3
164Ivory Coast121.3113.2
165Malawi121.6108.3
166Iraq121.8122.7
167Guyana122.6101.3
168Syria123.5117.4
169Mali124.1114.6
170Togo124.4109.3
171Angola124.8127.9
172San Marino125.084.0
173Djibouti125.8117.6
174Myanmar (Burma)127.0115.4
175Timor-Leste (E. Timor)129.0103.3
176Honduras130.6100.4
177Liberia130.8116.6
178Micronesia131.3117.8
179Tanzania132.0107.8
180Mozambique133.8115.0
181Yemen134.4125.0
182=Mauritania134.7123.1
182=Congo, DR134.7128.2
184Afghanistan136.7131.3
185Lesotho137.2107.2
186Congo, (Brazzaville)137.4120.9
187Burundi139.0124.1
188Madagascar142.5111.3
189Kiribati143.0110.5
190Benin143.3110.8
191Gambia144.0113.5
192Cambodia144.6109.6
193Central African Rep.146.3131.6
194Tuvalu148.0135.8
195Equatorial Guinea149.3135.0
196Papua New Guinea150.4124.9
197Chad150.6134.7
198Niger151.0119.5
199Solomon Islands152.7116.2
200Haiti153.8116.3
q=205.
Pos.Modernity & Learning (2020)
Lower is better

Avg Rank32
Social & Moral
Lower is better

Avg Rank33
201Guinea157.5116.0
202Comoros160.5124.0
203S. Sudan164.0140.3
204Sierra Leone167.8110.7
205Eritrea193.5134.5
q=205.

3. Overall Results by Region

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

AreaModernity & Learning (2020)
Lower is better

Avg Rank32
Social & Moral
Lower is better

Avg Rank33
Africa...120.7110.5
Asia...79.087.7
Australasia98.1102.5
Baltic States26.360.4
Central America102.085.4
Europe...41.257.4
Melanesia115.3107.4
Micronesia107.1118.0
North America82.182.9
Polynesia87.894.3
Scandinavia...17.634.5
Small Islands...88.592.6
South America80.879.0
The Americas...81.781.6
The Balkans58.671.1
The Caribbean...82.287.7
The Mediterranean63.371.5
The Middle East...79.589.1
World83.286.8

The table here shows overall results for this category, compared with each region's average score on the Social and Moral Development Index. Regional values are calculated as an average of national results, not by total regional population. The tables below show results for each data set for each region.

Modernity and Education Data Sets by Region:

AreaResearch & Development (2016)
Higher is better

% RDP PPP
Secondary Education (2018)
Higher is better
13
Length of Schooling (2021)
Higher is better

Years15
Intellectual Endeavours (2017)
Lower is better

Rank17
Maths, Science & Reading (2015)
Higher is better

Score18
Religiosity (2018)
Lower is better

%20
IQ (2006)
Higher is better26
Africa...0.3634.4%11.0106.4110087.070.6
Asia...0.7566.0%13.597.1139855.890.4
Australasia1.7179.3%13.458.7151218.098.5
Baltic States0.9998.1%16.122.3148611.096.0
Central America0.1552.2%12.7110.4124781.582.3
Europe...1.3288.3%16.131.3141725.896.6
North America0.5764.7%13.986.8130369.983.5
Polynesia1.1788.4%14.553.7151799.0
Scandinavia...2.4095.6%18.421.3151610.899.3
Small Islands...0.7468.7%13.676.5137077.587.0
South America0.3460.5%14.8122.4127160.587.8
The Americas...0.4763.0%14.299.8128765.485.3
The Balkans0.5080.7%15.036.7123237.791.7
The Caribbean...0.3268.0%14.280.7114477.578.0
The Mediterranean1.0869.8%15.158.7133152.189.3
The Middle East...0.6662.5%13.893.0126470.584.8
World0.8463.0%13.582.0138954.385.6

Technology and Information Data Sets by Region:

AreaInternet Users (2016)
Higher is better
27
Internet Freedom (2012)
Lower is better
29
IT Security (2013)
Lower is better
30
IPv6 Uptake (2017)
Higher is better

Ratio31
Africa...18.4%45.01.070.04
Asia...48.7%56.61.082.11
Australasia44.3%18.00.631.55
Baltic States81.6%10.00.336.65
Central America36.0%0.111.00
Europe...76.7%31.40.808.11
Melanesia33.8%0.02
Micronesia34.2%0.10
North America57.5%45.01.202.76
Polynesia57.2%1.93
Scandinavia...95.7%10.00.447.87
Small Islands...54.9%71.01.030.52
South America53.9%33.70.494.76
The Americas...56.4%39.30.843.36
The Balkans61.8%5.41
The Caribbean...60.4%86.01.081.03
The Mediterranean61.6%50.00.752.98
The Middle East...60.4%66.40.960.57
World48.1%46.70.983.82

4. The Social and Moral Development Index

The data sets form part of the calculations for the Human Truth Foundation's Social and Moral Development Index.

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.