The Human Truth Foundation

Iran (Islamic Republic of Iran)

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

By Vexen Crabtree 2013

#bahá'í_faith #iran #judaism

Iran
Islamic Republic of Iran
StatusIndependent State
Social and Moral Index126th best
CapitalTehran
Land Area1 628 550km21
LocationAsia, The Middle East
Population81.8m2
Life Expectancy73.87yrs (2017)3
GNI$13 001 (2017)4
ISO3166-1 CodesIR, IRN, 3645
Internet Domain.ir6
CurrencyRial (IRR)7
Telephone+988

1. Overview

#iran

Known as Persia until 1935, Iran became an Islamic republic in 1979 after the ruling monarchy was overthrown and Shah Mohammad Reza PAHLAVI was forced into exile. Conservative clerical forces led by Ayatollah Ruhollah KHOMEINI established a theocratic system of government with ultimate political authority vested in a learned religious scholar referred to commonly as the Supreme Leader who, according to the constitution, is accountable only to the Assembly of Experts - a popularly elected 86-member body of clerics. US-Iranian relations became strained when a group of Iranian students seized the US Embassy in Tehran in November 1979 and held embassy personnel hostages until mid-January 1981. The US cut off diplomatic relations with Iran in April 1980. During the period 1980-88, Iran fought a bloody, indecisive war with Iraq that eventually expanded into the Persian Gulf and led to clashes between US Navy and Iranian military forces. Iran has been designated a state sponsor of terrorism for its activities in Lebanon and elsewhere in the world and remains subject to US, UN, and EU economic sanctions and export controls because of its continued involvement in terrorism and its nuclear weapons ambitions. Following the election of reformer Hojjat ol-Eslam Mohammad KHATAMI as president in 1997 and a reformist Majles (legislature) in 2000, a campaign to foster political reform in response to popular dissatisfaction was initiated. The movement floundered as conservative politicians, through control of unelected institutions, prevented reform measures from being enacted and increased repressive measures. Starting with nationwide municipal elections in 2003 and continuing through Majles elections in 2004, conservatives reestablished control over Iran's elected government institutions, which culminated with the August 2005 inauguration of hardliner Mahmud AHMADI-NEJAD as president. His controversial reelection in June 2009 sparked nationwide protests over allegations of electoral fraud. The UN Security Council has passed a number of resolutions calling for Iran to suspend its uranium enrichment and reprocessing activities and comply with its IAEA obligations and responsibilities. In mid-February 2011, opposition activists conducted the largest antiregime rallies since December 2009, spurred by the success of uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt. Protester turnout probably was at most tens of thousands and security forces were deployed to disperse protesters. Additional protests in March 2011 failed to elicit significant participation largely because of the robust security response, although discontent still smolders. Deteriorating economic conditions due primarily to government mismanagement and international sanctions prompted at least two major economically based protests in July and October 2012.

CIA's The World Factbook (2013)9

Book CoverIf travel is most rewarding when it surprises, then Iran, with its bazaars, mighty deserts and sublime architecture, might just be the most rewarding destination on Earth. Before you come to Iran, you might be thinking the main reasons to visit are because it´s a bit adventurous and there´s a lot to see from the years when Persia was a great world power. At some levels you´d be right.

Iran´s sights will put you in the footsteps of some of history´s most outstanding figures. And certainly you won´t find yourself crowded out of any sights, which is fun.

The highlights, together with the atmospheric teahouses, bustling bazaars, deserts punctuated by historic oases and rugged mountain ranges, give Iran more than its fair share of fantastic places to see. But to think of Iran only in terms of `sights´ is to miss the real story.

If you like people, you´ll like Iran. The Iranians, a nation made up of numerous ethnic groups and influenced over thousands of years by Greek, Arab, Turkic and Mongol occupiers, are endlessly welcoming and eager to show off and explain their intricate culture.

"The World" by Lonely Planet (2014)10

2. Iran National and Social Development

#economics #human_development #wealth

UN HDI (2021)11
Pos.Higher is better
Value11
1Switzerland0.962
2Norway0.961
3Iceland0.959
...
73Sri Lanka0.782
74Bosnia & Herzegovina0.780
75St Kitts & Nevis0.777
76Iran0.774
77Ukraine0.773
78Macedonia0.770
79China0.768
80=Moldova0.767
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
...
89Ukraine$13 256
90Armenia$13 158
91Turkmenistan$13 021
92Iran$13 001
93S. Africa$12 948
94Suriname$12 672
95Sri Lanka$12 578
96Paraguay$12 349
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
...
123Senegal96.5
124Tajikistan96.7
125Venezuela97.2
126Iran97.7
127Suriname98.0
128Namibia99.6
129Honduras100.4
130Bangladesh100.7
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. Iran's Demographics and Migration

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

Population:

Iran's population is predicted to rise to 84.44 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 1.60. 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
...
16Congo, DR84.1m
17Germany83.1m
18Turkey82.3m
19Iran81.8m
20Thailand69.4m
21UK67.1m
22France65.0m
23Italy60.6m
World Avg39.0m
q=195.
Life Expectancy
Higher is better
11
Pos.2021
Years11
1Monaco85.9
2Hong Kong85.5
3Japan84.8
...
68Romania74.2
69Cape Verde74.1
70Morocco74.0
71Iran73.9
72Macedonia73.8
73Nicaragua73.8
74Tunisia73.8
75Lithuania73.7
World Avg71.28
q=195.
Fertility Rate
2.0 is best
13
Pos.201313
1N. Korea2.00
2Brunei1.99
3St Vincent & Grenadines2.01
...
55Trinidad & Tobago1.63
56Montenegro1.63
57S. Africa2.39
58Iran1.60
59Venezuela2.41
60Ecuador2.41
61Mauritius1.59
62Panama2.42
World Avg2.81
q=180.
Old-Age Dependency Ratio
Lower is better
14
Pos.2016
Per 10014
1Uganda04.3
2Mali04.5
3=Chad04.7
...
89Bolivia12.7
90Nicaragua13.1
91Paraguay13.2
92Iran13.4
93Samoa13.7
94Algeria14.0
95Malaysia14.5
96Guyana15.0
World Avg18.3
q=185.

Migration:

Immigrants15
Pos.2017
%15
1UAE88.4%
2Kuwait75.5%
3Qatar65.2%
...
101Moldova3.5%
102Slovakia3.4%
103Turkmenistan3.4%
104Iran3.3%
105Kyrgyzstan3.3%
106Chad3.3%
107Tajikistan3.1%
108Cape Verde2.8%
World Avg9.4%
q=195.
Emigrants16
Pos.2010
%16
1Dominica104.8%
2Palestine68.4%
3Samoa67.3%
...
156Serbia2.0%
157Venezuela1.8%
158S. Africa1.7%
159Iran1.7%
160Libya1.7%
161Gabon1.7%
162Vanuatu1.6%
163Djibouti1.5%
World Avg11.5%
q=192.

4. Human Rights, Equality & Tolerance

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

Human Rights, Equality & Tolerance (2020)17
Pos.Lower is better
Avg Rank17
1Sweden9.0
2Norway14.5
3Denmark14.5
...
173Palau130.6
174Tonga132.6
175Syria132.9
176Iran133.6
177Marshall Islands134.2
178Zimbabwe134.3
Asia Avg99.9
World Avg87.9
q=199.
Iran is amongst the worst places in the world at ensuring human rights and freedom, and it has severe cultural issues when it comes to tolerance and equality. Iran does worse than average in the rate of gender bias (from 7 indicators)18, speed of uptake of HR treaties19, opposing gender inequality20, LGBT equality21 and in its nominal commitment to Human Rights22. And finally, it sits amongst the bottom 20 in its success in fighting anti-semitic prejudice23, commentary in Human Rights Watch reports24 (amongst the worst in Asia), supporting personal, civil & economic freedoms25 (amongst the highest in Asia), supporting press freedom26 (amongst the worst in Asia) and in freethought27. "Authorities [in 2017] continued to target journalists, online media activists, and human rights defenders in an ongoing crackdown"28. There is no religious freedom, or freedom of thought, in Iran29,28,30 , with minorities being heavily persecuted, and broadcasted attacks on all religious groups that are not Shia Muslim, "with the Bahá'ís and Jews being the most frequent targets"31.

For tables, charts and commentary, see:

5. Iran's Health

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

Compared to Asia (2020)32
Pos.Lower is better
Avg Rank32
1Hong Kong18.3
2Maldives41.0
3Singapore42.6
...
16Uzbekistan68.4
17Saudi Arabia69.3
18Qatar70.6
19Iran75.5
20UAE75.8
21Bahrain77.3
22Armenia78.4
23Cyprus78.6
24Myanmar (Burma)79.1
Asia Avg80.1
q=50.
Health (2020)32
Pos.Lower is better
Avg Rank32
1Monaco13.0
2Hong Kong18.3
3Maldives41.0
...
29Denmark74.3
30Germany74.4
31Austria74.5
32Iran75.5
33Antigua & Barbuda75.6
34Sweden75.6
35UAE75.8
36Iceland76.9
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 Maldives33. 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 Palau33.

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 Mediterranean33, whereas the worst are Micronesia, Australasia and Africa33.

For more, see:

Health:

Iran does relatively well in encouraging good health, compared to many other countries. Iran comes in the best 20 in its immunizations take-up34. It does better than average for its alcohol consumption rate35, its fertility rate13, its average life expectancy11 and in its adolescent birth rate20. But, things still need to improve in Iran. Iran does worse than average in its smoking rate36 and in its food aid and health contributions and WHO compliance37. The prevalence of overweight adults has increased by 14% over the last 40 years. Life expectancy in Iran improved by +11.7yrs in the 30 years from 1990, much better than the global average of +7.9yrs.

Life Expectancy
Higher is better
11
Pos.2021
Years11
1Monaco85.9
2Hong Kong85.5
3Japan84.8
...
68Romania74.2
69Cape Verde74.1
70Morocco74.0
71Iran73.9
72Macedonia73.8
73Nicaragua73.8
74Tunisia73.8
75Lithuania73.7
Asia Avg73.48
World Avg71.28
q=195.
Alcohol Consumption
Lower is better
35
Pos.2016
Per Capita35
1Bangladesh0.0
2Kuwait0.0
3Libya0.0
...
25=Algeria0.9
25=Malaysia0.9
25=Comoros0.9
28Iran1.0
29=Vanuatu1.0
30Papua New Guinea1.2
31=Eritrea1.3
31=Guinea1.3
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
...
55Trinidad & Tobago1.63
56Montenegro1.63
57S. Africa2.39
58Iran1.60
59Venezuela2.41
60Ecuador2.41
61Mauritius1.59
62Panama2.42
Asia Avg2.46
World Avg2.81
q=180.
Smoking Rates
Lower is better
36
Pos.201436
1Guinea 15
2Solomon Islands 26
3Kiribati 28
...
110UK 827
111Sweden 831
112Laos 836
113Iran 869
114Thailand 895
115Turkmenistan 92538
116Chile 930
117Ireland 954
Asia Avg1 035
World Avg 819
q=182.
Food Aid, Health Contributions & WHO Compliance
Lower is better
37
Pos.2017
Rank37
1Sweden1
2Ireland2
3Denmark3
...
115Haiti115
116Malawi116
117Swaziland117
118Iran118
119Yemen119
120Seychelles120
121Guinea-Bissau121
122Argentina122
Asia Avg64.4
World Avg82.0
q=163.
Overweight Adults
Lower is better39
Pos.2016
%39
1Vietnam18.3
2India19.7
3Bangladesh20.0
...
147=Hungary61.6
147=Costa Rica61.6
147=Tunisia61.6
147=Iran61.6
151Bulgaria61.7
152Algeria62.0
153=Greece62.3
153=Czechia62.3
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
...
74India24.5
75Samoa25.0
76Rwanda26.3
77Iran26.7
78Turkey27.6
79Kazakhstan27.9
80Burundi28.3
81Mauritius28.5
Asia Avg29.9
World Avg47.9
q=185.
Infant Immunizations 2011-2015
Higher is better
34
Pos.2015
Avg %34
1=Hungary99.0
1=China99.0
3Uzbekistan98.9
...
9Sri Lanka98.4
10St Lucia98.2
11Bahrain98.2
12Iran98.1
13Finland98.1
14Saudi Arabia98.0
15=Luxembourg98.0
15=Oman98.0
Asia Avg90.5
World Avg88.3
q=194.

6. Iran's Responsibility Towards The Environment

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

Compared to Asia (2023)40
Pos.Lower is better
Avg Rank40
1Japan33.2
2Philippines45.0
3Sri Lanka49.0
...
17Georgia78.0
18=Taiwan78.7
19Cyprus79.3
20Iran82.6
21Hong Kong83.3
22Vietnam83.8
23Mongolia84.8
24China85.2
25Cambodia90.0
Asia Avg88.8
q=51.
Responsibility Towards The Environment (2023)40
Pos.Lower is better
Avg Rank40
1Japan33.2
2Philippines45.0
3Uruguay48.0
...
86Belgium82.2
87Djibouti82.3
88Ireland82.4
89Iran82.6
90Ukraine83.2
91Hong Kong83.3
92=Malta83.5
92=Tanzania83.5
World Avg85.7
q=188.
Iran is 89th in the world in terms of its responsibility towards the environment. This rank is calculated from 7 data sets. Iran does better than average when it comes to its forested percent change 1990-201541, the rate of rational beliefs on the environment in the population42, annual meat consumption per person43 and in its environmental performance44. But, there's bad news too. Iran does worse than average for how quickly it ratified the 1993 Convention on Biological Diversity. It sits amongst the bottom 20 in terms of energy to GDP efficiency45. And finally, it is the worst in its score on the Green Future Index46.

Forest Area Change 1990-2015
Higher is better
41
Pos.2015
%41
1Iceland+205.6
2Bahrain+144.4
3Uruguay+131.3
...
26Lesotho+22.5
27Italy+22.5
28Turkey+21.8
29Iran+17.8
30France+17.7
31Algeria+17.3
32Bulgaria+17.1
33Thailand+17.1
Asia Avg+07.0
World Avg+02.8
q=184.
Environmental Performance
Higher is better
44
Pos.201844
1Switzerland87.4
2France84.0
3Denmark81.6
...
77UAE58.9
78Jamaica58.6
79Namibia58.5
80Iran58.2
81Belize57.8
82Philippines57.7
83Mongolia57.5
84=Serbia57.5
Asia Avg54.5
World Avg56.4
q=180.
Energy to GDP Efficiency
Higher is better45
Pos.201445
1Hong Kong26.32
2Sri Lanka20.00
3Panama17.86
...
97Canada05.56
98China05.52
99Nepal05.35
100Iran05.32
101Kenya05.24
102Kazakhstan05.10
103Moldova05.03
104Ivory Coast04.85
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
...
153Trinidad & Tobago1996 Oct 30
154=Congo, (Brazzaville)1996 Oct 30
155Kyrgyzstan1996 Nov 04
156=Iran1996 Nov 04
157S. Sudan2014 May 18
158Mauritania1996 Nov 14
159Qatar1996 Nov 19
160Bahrain1996 Nov 28
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%
...
42Italy49.6%
43Vietnam49.1%
44Honduras48.1%
45Iran47.9%
46Turkey47.4%
47Sudan46.9%
48Malaysia46.6%
49Mozambique46.5%
Asia Avg37.9%
World Avg39.9%
q=145.
Meat Consumption
Lower is better
43
Pos.2021
kg43
1Congo, DR03.0
2Burundi03.5
3Bangladesh04.3
...
55Laos29.8
56Botswana30.1
57Nicaragua31.5
58Iran31.6
59Morocco32.1
60Tajikistan32.4
61Mauritania32.4
62Philippines32.9
Asia Avg46.7
World Avg52.5
q=185.
Green Future Index
Higher is better46
Pos.2023
Score46
1Iceland6.7
2Finland6.7
3Norway6.4
...
69=Guatemala3.6
69=Russia3.6
71Paraguay3.6
72Bangladesh3.5
73Qatar3.4
74Zambia3.3
75Algeria3.1
76Iran2.6
Asia Avg4.3
World Avg4.8
q=76.

7. Iran's Modernity and Learning

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

Compared to Asia (2020)47
Pos.Lower is better
Avg Rank47
1Taiwan10.0
2Japan21.9
3=S. Korea24.0
...
18Vietnam67.1
19Armenia70.0
20=Azerbaijan70.1
21Iran71.7
22Kyrgyzstan71.8
23Thailand72.9
24India73.8
25=Qatar75.5
26Bahrain75.6
Asia Avg79.0
q=51.
Modernity & Learning (2020)47
Pos.Lower is better
Avg Rank47
1Finland8.4
2Taiwan10.0
3Switzerland15.1
...
80Egypt70.4
81Macedonia71.0
82Aruba71.5
83Iran71.7
84Kyrgyzstan71.8
85Albania72.4
86Thailand72.9
87Tunisia73.4
World Avg83.2
q=205.

Modernity and Education:

Research & Development
Higher is better
Pos.2016
% RDP PPP
1S. Korea4.2948
2Israel4.1148
3Japan3.5848
...
75Moldova0.3549
76Ecuador0.3450
77Bosnia & Herzegovina0.3349
78Iran0.3151
79=Nepal0.3051
79=Kuwait0.3049
81Pakistan0.2949
82Zambia0.2852
Asia Avg0.75
World Avg0.84
q=126.
Secondary Education
Higher is better
53
Pos.201853
1=Luxembourg100.0%
1=Estonia100.0%
1=Austria100.0%
...
75Panama72.2%
76UAE70.7%
77Brunei70.1%
78Iran69.8%
79Vietnam69.4%
80Venezuela69.2%
81Qatar67.5%
82Mauritius66.9%
Asia Avg66.0%
World Avg63.0%
q=169.
Length of Schooling
Higher is better
54
Pos.2021
Years54
1Australia21.1
2New Zealand20.3
3Greece20.0
...
67St Vincent & Grenadines14.7
68Algeria14.6
69Ecuador14.6
70Iran14.6
71Oman14.6
72Trinidad & Tobago14.5
73Slovakia14.5
74Dominican Rep.14.5
Asia Avg13.5
World Avg13.5
q=193.
Intellectual Endeavours
Lower is better
37
Pos.2017
Rank37
1Ukraine1
2Czechia2
3Hungary3
...
87Benin87
88Pakistan88
89Seychelles89
90Iran90
91Antigua & Barbuda91
92Burkina Faso92
93Trinidad & Tobago93
94Malawi94
Asia Avg97.1
World Avg82.0
q=163.
Religiosity
Lower is better
55
Pos.2018
%55
1China3
2Estonia6
3Czechia7
...
69=Malaysia77
69=Colombia77
71Dominican Rep.78
72=Iran78
72=Tunisia78
74Bangladesh80
75=India80
76Iraq82
Asia Avg55.8
World Avg54.3
q=106.
IQ
Higher is better56
Pos.200656
1=Hong Kong108
1=Singapore108
3S. Korea106
...
78=Jordan84
78=Afghanistan84
78=UAE84
78=Iran84
78=Pakistan84
78=Panama84
78=Paraguay84
78=Morocco84
Asia Avg90.4
World Avg85.6
q=138.

Technology and Information:

Internet Users
Higher is better
57
Pos.201657
1Iceland100%
2Faroe Islands99%
3Norway98%
...
97Dominican Rep.52%
98Uzbekistan51%
99Armenia50%
100Iran49%
101Tunisia48%
102Moldova48%
103=Paraguay47%
103=Fiji47%
Asia Avg48.7%
World Avg48.1%
q=201.
Freedom On The Internet
Lower is better
58
Pos.201258
1Estonia10
2USA12
3Germany15
...
40Vietnam73
41=Ethiopia75
41=Myanmar (Burma)75
43Uzbekistan77
44Syria83
45China85
46Cuba86
47Iran90
Asia Avg56.6
World Avg46.7
q=47.
IT Security
Lower is better
59
Pos.201359
1=Ireland0.11
1=Luxembourg0.11
1=Belize0.11
...
34Burkina Faso0.79
35Ivory Coast0.82
36Ethiopia0.84
37Iran0.85
38Laos0.86
39Spain0.88
40Kuwait0.93
41Saudi Arabia0.93
Asia Avg1.08
World Avg0.98
IPv6 Uptake
Higher is better
60
Pos.2017
Ratio60
1Belgium55.4
2Germany41.8
3Switzerland35.1
...
71=Ukraine0.1
72Lithuania0.1
73Vanuatu0.1
74=Iran0.1
74=Zambia0.1
76Panama0.1
77=Croatia0.1
77=Costa Rica0.1
Asia Avg2.11
World Avg3.82
q=176.

8. National Culture

#charity #corruption #happiness #morals #politics

Iran has a consistently awful long-term record on corruption.

World Giving Index
Higher is better
61
Pos.2022
%61
1Indonesia68.0
2Kenya61.0
3USA59.0
...
44=Mexico44.0
44=Costa Rica44.0
46Vietnam43.0
47=Iran43.0
47=Kosovo43.0
47=Bolivia43.0
47=Ghana43.0
51Sweden42.0
Asia Avg37.9
World Avg39.6
q=125.
Corruption
Higher is better
62
Pos.2022
Points62
1Denmark90.0
2=Finland87.0
2=New Zealand87.0
...
146Uganda26.0
147Guinea25.0
148=Bangladesh25.0
148=Iran25.0
150Central African Rep.24.0
151=Lebanon24.0
151=Guatemala24.0
151=Nigeria24.0
Asia Avg39.98
World Avg42.98
q=180.
Happiness
Higher is better
63
Pos.2018
Score63
1Finland7.6
2Norway7.6
3Denmark7.6
...
103Gabon4.8
104Palestine4.7
105S. Africa4.7
106Iran4.7
107Ivory Coast4.7
108Ghana4.7
109Senegal4.6
110Laos4.6
Asia Avg5.29
World Avg5.38
q=156.
Creativity & Culture
Lower is better
37
Pos.2017
Rank37
1Belgium1
2Netherlands2
3Estonia3
...
154Venezuela154
155Yemen155
156Iraq156
157Iran157
158Gabon158
159Central African Rep.159
160Burundi160
161Rwanda161
Asia Avg99.0
World Avg82.0
q=163.
Open Trading, Aid & Development
Lower is better
37
Pos.2017
Rank37
1Ireland1
2Denmark2
3Sweden3
...
145Samoa145
146Jamaica146
147Syria147
148Iran148
149India149
150Cameroon150
151Suriname151
152Gabon152
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
64
Pos.2023
Score64
1Iceland1.12
2Denmark1.31
3Ireland1.31
...
144Nigeria2.71
145Myanmar (Burma)2.74
146Pakistan2.75
147=Iran2.80
147=Turkey2.80
149N. Korea2.85
150Burkina Faso2.87
151Ethiopia2.87
Asia Avg2.17
World Avg2.07
q=163.
Peacekeeping & Security
Lower is better
37
Pos.2017
Rank37
1Samoa1
2S. Africa2
3Tunisia3
...
80Albania80
81Gabon81
82Russia82
83Iran83
84Serbia84
85Mexico85
86Cambodia86
87Bangladesh87
Asia Avg76.0
World Avg82.0
q=163.
Refugees & UN Treaties
Lower is better
37
Pos.2017
Rank37
1Austria1
2Germany2
3Netherlands3
...
65Mozambique65
66=Burkina Faso66
66=Kyrgyzstan66
68Iran68
69Malawi69
70Latvia70
71Guatemala71
72Estonia72
Asia Avg92.2
World Avg82.0
q=163.
Impact of Terrorism
Lower is better
65
Pos.2019
Score65
1Togo0.00
2Mongolia0.00
3Swaziland0.00
...
109China4.47
110S. Africa4.51
111Israel4.53
112Iran4.72
113Chad4.76
114Russia4.90
115France5.01
116Indonesia5.07
Asia Avg3.60
World Avg2.78
q=150.

10. Economic Inequality and Poverty

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

Inequality in Life Expectancy
Lower is better66
Pos.201966
1Iceland2.40
2=Singapore2.50
2=Hong Kong2.50
...
72Tunisia9.00
73=Turkey9.00
74Libya9.10
75Iran9.20
76Mauritius9.40
77=Seychelles9.60
77=Moldova9.60
79Jamaica10.00
Asia Avg11.80
World Avg14.59
q=184.
Income Inequality (Gini Coefficient)
Lower is better67
Pos.2017
%67
1Ukraine25.0
2=Belarus25.4
2=Slovenia25.4
...
95Morocco39.5
96=Uruguay39.5
97Sri Lanka39.8
98Iran40.0
99=Micronesia40.1
99=Philippines40.1
101Senegal40.3
102Argentina40.6
Asia Avg35.2
World Avg38.1
q=152.

11. Religion and Beliefs

#bahá'í_faith #belief #buddhism #christianity #god #hinduism #iran #islam #judaism #religion #religion_in_iran #religiosity #secularisation

Religiosity (2018)55
Pos.Lower is better
%55
1China3
2Estonia6
3Czechia7
...
69=Malaysia77
69=Colombia77
71Dominican Rep.78
72=Iran78
72=Tunisia78
74Bangladesh80
75=India80
76Iraq82
77=El Salvador85
77=Jordan85
79Palestine86
80=Uganda86
80=Chad86
80=Niger86
83Kenya87
84=Mozambique87
World Avg54.3
q=106.
Disbelief In God (2007)68
Pos.Higher is better
%68
1Vietnam81
2Japan65
3Sweden64
...
52=Mozambique5
53Zimbabwe4
54=Namibia4
54=Iran4
54=Mexico4
54=Portugal4
54=Romania4
54=Argentina4
54=Georgia4
54=Uzbekistan4
62Lebanon3
63=Congo, (Brazzaville)3
63=Poland3
63=Jamaica3
63=India3
67Angola2
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 below69:

Christian0.2%
Muslim99%
Hindu0.1%
Buddhist0.1%
Folk Religion0.1%
Jewish0.1%
Unaffiliated0.1%

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 99.6% of the populace say they belong to a religion, only 78% 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: Muslim (official) 98% (Shia 89%, Sunni 9%), other (includes Zoroastrian, Jewish, Christian, and Baha'i) 2%70.

Freedom of Religion and Belief: There is no religious freedom or freedom of thought in Iran29,28,30. It is illegal to criticize Islam or to fail to obey Islamic law30. Sociologists Grim & Finke place Iran into the worst possible persecution category, along with 13 other countries. Severe restrictions on religious freedom and freedom of belief stem simultaneously from top-down pressure from government, from institutionalized Islam, and from bottom-up grassroots movements that often go even further than the government in harassing those who do not believe the right things (2011)71. The targets are anyone who is not Shia Muslim, "with the Bahá'ís and Jews being the most frequent targets"31,30.

Apostasy - choosing to leave a religion - is not by name a criminal offence in Iran, but judges use a variety of legal provisions to find apostates guilty and punish them30.

The vague crime of moharebeh ("enmity against God"), is used by the government to execute and jail dozens of people, often for political acts or for criticisms of the government, because they use the logic that the theocratic government of Iran is itself a representative of God30. "Iranian writer and human rights defender, Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee, and blogger Soheil Arabi, are two individuals who have been imprisoned for long periods on these grounds"30.

The International Humanist and Ethical Union in 2012 documented the worst-possible forms of bias and prejudice, stemming from religious dogma and governmental intolerance of dissent.

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