The Human Truth Foundation

Lebanon (Lebanese Republic)

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

By Vexen Crabtree 2013

#lebanon

Lebanon
Lebanese Republic
StatusIndependent State
Social and Moral Index102nd best
CapitalBeirut
Land Area 10 230km21
LocationAsia, The Mediterranean, The Middle East
Population6.9m2
Life Expectancy75.05yrs (2017)3
GNI$9 526 (2017)4
ISO3166-1 CodesLB, LBN, 4225
Internet Domain.lb6
CurrencyPound (LBP)7
Telephone+9618

1. Overview

Following World War I, France acquired a mandate over the northern portion of the former Ottoman Empire province of Syria. The French separated out the region of Lebanon in 1920, and granted this area independence in 1943. A lengthy civil war (1975-90) devastated the country, but Lebanon has since made progress toward rebuilding its political institutions. Under the Ta'if Accord - the blueprint for national reconciliation - the Lebanese established a more equitable political system, particularly by giving Muslims a greater voice in the political process while institutionalizing sectarian divisions in the government. Since the end of the war, Lebanon has conducted several successful elections. Most militias have been reduced or disbanded, with the exception of Hizballah, designated by the US State Department as a Foreign Terrorist Organization, and Palestinian militant groups. During Lebanon's civil war, the Arab League legitimized in the Ta'if Accord Syria's troop deployment, numbering about 16,000 based mainly east of Beirut and in the Bekaa Valley. Israel's withdrawal from southern Lebanon in May 2000 and the passage in September 2004 of UNSCR 1559 - a resolution calling for Syria to withdraw from Lebanon and end its interference in Lebanese affairs - encouraged some Lebanese groups to demand that Syria withdraw its forces. The assassination of former Prime Minister Rafiq HARIRI and 22 others in February 2005 led to massive demonstrations in Beirut against the Syrian presence ("the Cedar Revolution"), and Syria withdrew the remainder of its military forces in April 2005. In May-June 2005, Lebanon held its first legislative elections since the end of the civil war free of foreign interference, handing a majority to the bloc led by Sa'ad HARIRI, the slain prime minister's son. In July 2006, Hizballah kidnapped two Israeli soldiers leading to a 34-day conflict with Israel in which approximately 1,200 Lebanese civilians were killed. UNSCR 1701 ended the war in August 2006, and Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) deployed throughout the country for the first time in decades, charged with securing Lebanon's borders against weapons smuggling and maintaining a weapons-free zone in south Lebanon with the help of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL). The LAF in May-September 2007 battled Sunni extremist group Fatah al-Islam in the Nahr al-Barid Palestinian refugee camp, winning a decisive victory, but destroying the camp and displacing 30,000 Palestinian residents. Lebanese politicians in November 2007 were unable to agree on a successor to Emile LAHUD when he stepped down as president, creating a political vacuum until the election of LAF Commander Gen. Michel SULAYMAN in May 2008 and the formation of a new unity government in July 2008. Legislative elections in June 2009 again produced victory for the bloc led by Sa'ad HARIRI, but a period of prolonged negotiation over the composition of the cabinet ensued. A national unity government was finally formed in November 2009 and approved by the National Assembly the following month. Inspired by the popular revolts that began in late 2010 against dictatorships across the Middle East and North Africa, marches and demonstrations in Lebanon were directed instead against sectarian politics. Although the protests gained some traction, they were limited in size and unsuccessful in changing the system. Opposition politicians collapsed the national unity government under Prime Minister Sa'ad HARIRI in February 2011. After several months in caretaker status, the government named Najib MIQATI Prime Minister.

CIA's The World Factbook (2013)9

Book CoverLebanon is one of the most vibrant and most complicated societies on earth, grafted onto one of the Middle East´s most beautiful regions. Its name is a byword for conflict but Lebanon, the original land of milk and honey, is a friendly, welcoming and culturally rich country with one slipper in the Arab world and one Jimmy Choo planted firmly in the West. Its mosaic of peoples has coexisted here for centuries, often at war, more often at peace. It´s home to a bubbling-hot nightlife in Beirut, a notorious Hezbollah (Party of God) headquarters in backwater Baalbek, a fistful of flash ski resorts, and a dozen cramped Palestinian refugee camps.

Hike the Qadisha Valley and it´s hard to imagine that a conflict has ever existed here; wander past the pockmarked shell of Beirut´s Holiday Inn and you´ll wonder if there will ever be lasting peace. Lebanon is chaotic and fascinating - scarred by decades of civil war, invasions and terrorist attacks, yet blessed with mountain vistas, ancient ruins and a people who are resilient, indomitable and renowned for their hospitality. Heed travel warnings but don´t miss the compelling and confusing wonders of Lebanon.

"The World" by Lonely Planet (2014)10

2. Lebanon National and Social Development

#economics #human_development #wealth

UN HDI (2021)11
Pos.Higher is better
Value11
1Switzerland0.962
2Norway0.961
3Iceland0.959
...
109S. Africa0.713
110Jamaica0.709
111Samoa0.707
112=Lebanon0.706
112=Gabon0.706
114Indonesia0.705
115Vietnam0.703
116Philippines0.699
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
...
109Fiji$9 980
110Iraq$9 977
111Jordan$9 924
112Lebanon$9 526
113Bhutan$9 438
114Philippines$8 920
115Jamaica$8 834
116Guatemala$8 723
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
...
99El Salvador88.0
100India88.9
101Cape Verde89.2
102Lebanon89.5
103St Vincent & Grenadines89.5
104Indonesia90.1
105Paraguay90.2
106Uzbekistan90.4
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. Lebanon's Demographics and Migration

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

Population:

Lebanon's population is predicted to fall to 4 701 000 by 2030. This country has a fertility rate of 1.77. 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
...
104Laos7.1m
105Bulgaria7.1m
106Paraguay7.0m
107Lebanon6.9m
108Libya6.7m
109Nicaragua6.5m
110El Salvador6.4m
111Kyrgyzstan6.3m
World Avg39.0m
q=195.
Life Expectancy
Higher is better
11
Pos.2021
Years11
1Monaco85.9
2Hong Kong85.5
3Japan84.8
...
57Uruguay75.4
58Argentina75.4
59Bosnia & Herzegovina75.3
60Lebanon75.0
61Grenada74.9
62Slovakia74.9
63Malaysia74.9
64Brunei74.6
World Avg71.28
q=195.
Fertility Rate
2.0 is best
13
Pos.201313
1N. Korea2.00
2Brunei1.99
3St Vincent & Grenadines2.01
...
35Guyana2.21
36Netherlands1.79
37Vietnam1.77
38Lebanon1.77
39Mexico2.25
40Sri Lanka2.26
41Armenia1.74
42Kuwait2.27
World Avg2.81
q=180.
Old-Age Dependency Ratio
Lower is better
14
Pos.2016
Per 10014
1Uganda04.3
2Mali04.5
3=Chad04.7
...
120Brazil19.9
121Argentina20.3
122Jamaica21.0
123Lebanon21.1
124Trinidad & Tobago21.9
125Bahamas22.4
126Costa Rica22.6
127Israel22.9
World Avg18.3
q=185.

Migration:

Immigrants15
Pos.2017
%15
1UAE88.4%
2Kuwait75.5%
3Qatar65.2%
...
12Saudi Arabia37.0%
13Jordan33.3%
14Nauru32.7%
15Lebanon31.9%
16Switzerland29.6%
17Australia28.8%
18Antigua & Barbuda28.1%
19Brunei25.3%
World Avg9.4%
q=195.
Emigrants16
Pos.2010
%16
1Dominica104.8%
2Palestine68.4%
3Samoa67.3%
...
39Belize16.1%
40Azerbaijan16.0%
41Bulgaria16.0%
42Lebanon15.6%
43Equatorial Guinea14.9%
44Seychelles14.6%
45New Zealand14.5%
46Ukraine14.4%
World Avg11.5%
q=192.

4. Human Rights, Equality & Tolerance

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

Human Rights, Equality & Tolerance (2020)17
Pos.Lower is better
Avg Rank17
1Sweden9.0
2Norway14.5
3Denmark14.5
...
114Cuba97.4
115Kazakhstan97.8
116Timor-Leste (E. Timor)98.6
117Lebanon98.7
118San Marino100.2
119Sierra Leone100.2
Asia Avg99.9
World Avg87.9
q=199.
Lebanon is very poor at ensuring human rights and freedom compared to the rest of the world, and it has cultural issues when it comes to tolerance and equality. Lebanon does better than average in terms of speed of uptake of HR treaties18. But that's it. Lebanon has problems. It does worse than average in the rate of gender bias (from 7 indicators)19, commentary in Human Rights Watch reports20, opposing gender inequality21, supporting press freedom22 (still good for Asia), supporting personal, civil & economic freedoms23, its nominal commitment to Human Rights24, freethought25 and in LGBT equality26. And finally, it falls into the worst 20 in terms of its success in fighting anti-semitic prejudice27. "Lebanese authorities continue to prosecute individuals for peaceful use of freespeech"; in 2017 soldiers beat up protestors28. The Armed Forces and Security Forces use torture. Social progress is always going to be difficult in a country where the richest 1% hold 23% of the country's entire income29.

For tables, charts and commentary, see:

5. Lebanon's Health

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

Compared to Asia (2020)30
Pos.Lower is better
Avg Rank30
1Hong Kong18.3
2Maldives41.0
3Singapore42.6
...
34=Mongolia90.6
35Kyrgyzstan91.0
36Cambodia93.3
37Lebanon95.4
38Russia95.5
39Georgia95.6
40Indonesia95.8
41=Kazakhstan98.1
42Azerbaijan100.0
Asia Avg80.1
q=50.
Health (2020)30
Pos.Lower is better
Avg Rank30
1Monaco13.0
2Hong Kong18.3
3Maldives41.0
...
99Sao Tome & Principe93.6
100Costa Rica93.8
101San Marino94.5
102Lebanon95.4
103Russia95.5
104Georgia95.6
105Djibouti95.7
106Indonesia95.8
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 Maldives31. 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 Palau31.

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 Mediterranean31, whereas the worst are Micronesia, Australasia and Africa31.

For more, see:

Health:

Lebanon does relatively well in encouraging good health, compared to many other countries. Lebanon does better than average in its alcohol consumption rate32, its fertility rate13, its adolescent birth rate21, its average life expectancy11 and in its food aid and health contributions and WHO compliance33. Lebanon doesn't do so well in other areas. Lebanon does worse than average in its immunizations take-up34. And finally, it falls into the worst 20 in its smoking rate35 (the worst in Asia). The number of overweight adults has increased by 14% during the last 40 years. Life expectancy in Lebanon improved by +14.8yrs in the 30 years from 1990, almost double the global average of +7.9yrs.

Life Expectancy
Higher is better
11
Pos.2021
Years11
1Monaco85.9
2Hong Kong85.5
3Japan84.8
...
57Uruguay75.4
58Argentina75.4
59Bosnia & Herzegovina75.3
60Lebanon75.0
61Grenada74.9
62Slovakia74.9
63Malaysia74.9
64Brunei74.6
Asia Avg73.48
World Avg71.28
q=195.
Alcohol Consumption
Lower is better
32
Pos.2016
Per Capita32
1Bangladesh0.0
2Kuwait0.0
3Libya0.0
...
33=Mali1.3
34Solomon Islands1.4
35=Tonga1.5
35=Lebanon1.5
37Chad1.6
38Tuvalu1.7
39=Madagascar1.9
39=Tunisia1.9
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
...
35Guyana2.21
36Netherlands1.79
37Vietnam1.77
38Lebanon1.77
39Mexico2.25
40Sri Lanka2.26
41Armenia1.74
42Kuwait2.27
Asia Avg2.46
World Avg2.81
q=180.
Smoking Rates
Lower is better
35
Pos.201435
1Guinea 15
2Solomon Islands 26
3Kiribati 28
...
175Luxembourg2 284
176Belgium2 353
177Slovenia2 637
178Russia2 690
179Macedonia2 732
180Lebanon3 023
181Belarus3 831
182Montenegro4 125
Asia Avg1 035
World Avg 819
q=182.
Food Aid, Health Contributions & WHO Compliance
Lower is better
33
Pos.2017
Rank33
1Sweden1
2Ireland2
3Denmark3
...
60Guinea60
61Sierra Leone61
62Honduras62
63Lebanon63
64Lithuania64
65Cambodia65
66Georgia66
67Belarus67
Asia Avg64.4
World Avg82.0
q=163.
Overweight Adults
Lower is better36
Pos.2016
%36
1Vietnam18.3
2India19.7
3Bangladesh20.0
...
173=Turkey66.8
173=Libya66.8
175UAE67.8
176=Lebanon67.9
176=USA67.9
178Jordan69.6
179Saudi Arabia69.7
180Qatar71.7
Asia Avg44.3
World Avg49.0
q=191.

Children's Health:

Adolescent Birth Rate
Lower is better
21
Pos.2015
Per 100021
1N. Korea0.5
2S. Korea1.6
3Switzerland2.9
...
38Qatar10.7
39Lithuania11.0
40Montenegro12.2
41Lebanon12.4
42Estonia13.1
43Poland13.4
44Bahrain13.5
45Malaysia13.6
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
...
157=Guinea-Bissau80.1
158Tonga80.0
159Mauritania79.9
160Lebanon79.4
161San Marino79.3
162Gabon78.7
163Micronesia78.2
164Philippines77.9
Asia Avg90.5
World Avg88.3
q=194.

6. Lebanon'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
...
8S. Korea62.8
9Bangladesh67.0
10=India68.6
11Lebanon68.8
12=Nepal68.8
13Armenia69.5
14=Singapore69.5
15Malaysia74.4
16Yemen76.7
Asia Avg88.8
q=51.
Responsibility Towards The Environment (2023)37
Pos.Lower is better
Avg Rank37
1Japan33.2
2Philippines45.0
3Uruguay48.0
...
49Finland67.4
50=India68.6
50=Hungary68.6
52Lebanon68.8
53=Nepal68.8
54Nigeria69.2
55=Singapore69.5
55=Armenia69.5
World Avg85.7
q=188.
Lebanon comes 52nd in the world in terms of its responsibility towards the environment. This rank is calculated from 6 data sets. Lebanon does better than average in terms of the rate of rational beliefs on the environment in the population38, energy to GDP efficiency39, its forested percent change 1990-201540, its environmental performance41 and in annual meat consumption per person42. Lebanon still has work to do. Lebanon does worse than average in how quickly it ratified the 1993 Convention on Biological Diversity.

Forest Area Change 1990-2015
Higher is better
40
Pos.2015
%40
1Iceland+205.6
2Bahrain+144.4
3Uruguay+131.3
...
57Uzbekistan+05.7
58New Zealand+05.1
59Slovenia+05.1
60Lebanon+04.8
61Gabon+04.5
62Ukraine+04.1
63Croatia+03.8
64Iraq+03.3
Asia Avg+07.0
World Avg+02.8
q=184.
Environmental Performance
Higher is better
41
Pos.201841
1Switzerland87.4
2France84.0
3Denmark81.6
...
64Peru61.9
65Montenegro61.3
66Egypt61.2
67Lebanon61.1
68Macedonia61.1
69Brazil60.7
70Sri Lanka60.6
71Equatorial Guinea60.4
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
...
49=Macedonia10.00
49=Croatia10.00
51France09.90
52=Lebanon09.90
53Hungary09.80
54=Latvia09.80
55Poland09.71
56Argentina09.35
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
...
105Congo, DR1995 Mar 03
106Equatorial Guinea1995 Mar 06
107Sierra Leone1995 Mar 12
108Lebanon1995 Mar 15
109Jamaica1995 Apr 06
110Lesotho1995 Apr 10
111Panama1995 Apr 17
112Ukraine1995 May 08
Asia Avg1899 Dec 30
World Avg1899 Dec 30
q=197.
Rational Beliefs on the Environment
Higher is better38
Pos.2011
%38
1Argentina78.3%
2Greece77.6%
3Brazil77.1%
...
30Ecuador57.2%
31Portugal55.8%
32Hong Kong54.8%
33Lebanon54.3%
34Nepal52.8%
35Chad52.8%
36Kenya52.1%
37Central African Rep.51.9%
Asia Avg37.9%
World Avg39.9%
q=145.
Meat Consumption
Lower is better
42
Pos.2021
kg42
1Congo, DR03.0
2Burundi03.5
3Bangladesh04.3
...
65Comoros34.5
66Venezuela35.6
67Jordan36.0
68Lebanon36.3
69Paraguay36.4
70Azerbaijan37.1
71Namibia37.2
72Georgia37.8
Asia Avg46.7
World Avg52.5
q=185.

In the 2010s, meat consumption per person in Lebanon was reducing.42

7. Lebanon's Modernity and Learning

#education #english #intelligence #maths #modernity #religion #religiosity #science #secularisation #technology #the_internet

Compared to Asia (2020)43
Pos.Lower is better
Avg Rank43
1Taiwan10.0
2Japan21.9
3=S. Korea24.0
...
28Sri Lanka79.6
29Jordan81.1
30Philippines81.8
31Lebanon85.7
32Tajikistan88.3
33Oman88.9
34=Mongolia90.0
35Brunei91.6
36Palestine92.0
Asia Avg79.0
q=51.
Modernity & Learning (2020)43
Pos.Lower is better
Avg Rank43
1Finland8.4
2Taiwan10.0
3Switzerland15.1
...
106Dominica83.8
107Ecuador83.9
108Antigua & Barbuda84.0
109Lebanon85.7
110Mauritius85.8
111=Belize86.0
111=US Virgin Islands86.0
113Venezuela87.1
World Avg83.2
q=205.

Modernity and Education:

In the 1990s, Lebanon was one of only ten countries to increase its expected duration of education by over 3 years, although it lost half of that during the 2000s and lost two more years during the 2010s, taking it well below the global average of 13.5 years. 44

Secondary Education
Higher is better
45
Pos.201845
1=Luxembourg100.0%
1=Estonia100.0%
1=Austria100.0%
...
99Libya57.4%
100Dominican Rep.56.6%
101Uruguay56.0%
102Lebanon54.9%
103Portugal54.2%
104Turkey53.1%
105Costa Rica52.9%
106Colombia52.0%
Asia Avg66.0%
World Avg63.0%
q=169.
Length of Schooling
Higher is better
46
Pos.2021
Years46
1Australia21.1
2New Zealand20.3
3Greece20.0
...
145Micronesia11.5
146Vanuatu11.5
147Cambodia11.5
148Lebanon11.3
149Rwanda11.2
150Zambia10.9
151Myanmar (Burma)10.9
152N. Korea10.8
Asia Avg13.5
World Avg13.5
q=193.
Intellectual Endeavours
Lower is better
33
Pos.2017
Rank33
1Ukraine1
2Czechia2
3Hungary3
...
65Jordan65
66Namibia66
67India67
68Lebanon68
69Senegal69
70China70
71Burundi71
72Tunisia72
Asia Avg97.1
World Avg82.0
q=163.
Maths, Science & Reading
Higher is better
47
Pos.2015
Score47
1Singapore1655
2Hong Kong1598
3Japan1586
...
62Indonesia1186
63Brazil1185
64Peru1182
65Lebanon1129
66Tunisia1114
67Macedonia1107
68Kosovo1087
69Algeria1086
Asia Avg1398
World Avg1389
q=70.
Religiosity
Lower is better
48
Pos.2018
%48
1China3
2Estonia6
3Czechia7
...
52Bosnia & Herzegovina54
53=Greece56
53=Paraguay56
55Lebanon57
56Panama61
57Venezuela67
58Turkey68
59=Bolivia71
Asia Avg55.8
World Avg54.3
q=106.
IQ
Higher is better49
Pos.200649
1=Hong Kong108
1=Singapore108
3S. Korea106
...
91=Syria83
92India82
93=Bangladesh82
93=Lebanon82
93=Dominican Rep.82
93=Madagascar82
97Egypt81
98=Honduras81
Asia Avg90.4
World Avg85.6
q=138.

Technology and Information:

Internet Users
Higher is better
50
Pos.201650
1Iceland100%
2Faroe Islands99%
3Norway98%
...
41Chile78%
42Lithuania77%
43Latvia76%
44Lebanon76%
45Croatia74%
46=Hong Kong74%
46=Cayman Islands74%
48Macau73%
Asia Avg48.7%
World Avg48.1%
q=201.
IPv6 Uptake
Higher is better
51
Pos.2017
Ratio51
1Belgium55.4
2Germany41.8
3Switzerland35.1
...
163=Suriname0.0
163=Grenada0.0
163=Gabon0.0
163=Lebanon0.0
163=St Lucia0.0
163=Dominica0.0
163=Cuba0.0
163=St Vincent & Grenadines0.0
Asia Avg2.11
World Avg3.82
q=176.

8. National Culture

#charity #corruption #happiness #morals #politics

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

World Giving Index
Higher is better
52
Pos.2022
%52
1Indonesia68.0
2Kenya61.0
3USA59.0
...
116Tunisia28.0
117Laos27.0
118Portugal26.0
119Lebanon24.0
120Egypt23.0
121S. Korea22.0
122=Afghanistan21.0
122=Belgium21.0
Asia Avg37.9
World Avg39.6
q=125.
Corruption
Higher is better
53
Pos.2022
Points53
1Denmark90.0
2=Finland87.0
2=New Zealand87.0
...
148Bangladesh25.0
149=Iran25.0
150Central African Rep.24.0
151=Lebanon24.0
151=Guatemala24.0
151=Nigeria24.0
151=Cambodia24.0
151=Afghanistan24.0
Asia Avg39.98
World Avg42.98
q=180.
Happiness
Higher is better
54
Pos.2018
Score54
1Finland7.6
2Norway7.6
3Denmark7.6
...
85Morocco5.3
86China5.2
87Azerbaijan5.2
88Lebanon5.2
89Macedonia5.2
90Jordan5.2
91Nigeria5.2
92Kyrgyzstan5.1
Asia Avg5.29
World Avg5.38
q=156.
Creativity & Culture
Lower is better
33
Pos.2017
Rank33
1Belgium1
2Netherlands2
3Estonia3
...
63Israel63
64Mexico64
65S. Africa65
66Lebanon66
67USA67
68Guyana68
69Bosnia & Herzegovina69
70Tonga70
Asia Avg99.0
World Avg82.0
q=163.
Open Trading, Aid & Development
Lower is better
33
Pos.2017
Rank33
1Ireland1
2Denmark2
3Sweden3
...
28Trinidad & Tobago28
29Timor-Leste (E. Timor)29
30Burkina Faso30
31Lebanon31
32Barbados32
33Mongolia33
34Spain34
35UK35
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
55
Pos.2023
Score55
1Iceland1.12
2Denmark1.31
3Ireland1.31
...
132Brazil2.46
133Eritrea2.51
134Palestine2.54
135Lebanon2.58
136Mexico2.60
137Libya2.61
138Niger2.63
139Cameroon2.66
Asia Avg2.17
World Avg2.07
q=163.
Peacekeeping & Security
Lower is better
33
Pos.2017
Rank33
1Samoa1
2S. Africa2
3Tunisia3
...
150Seychelles150
151Sierra Leone151
152Afghanistan152
153Lebanon153
154Liberia154
155Mali155
156Swaziland156
157Yemen157
Asia Avg76.0
World Avg82.0
q=163.
Refugees & UN Treaties
Lower is better
33
Pos.2017
Rank33
1Austria1
2Germany2
3Netherlands3
...
73Guinea-Bissau73
74Albania74
75Botswana75
76Lebanon76
77Bahrain77
78Sri Lanka78
79Algeria79
80Ecuador80
Asia Avg92.2
World Avg82.0
q=163.
Impact of Terrorism
Lower is better
56
Pos.2019
Score56
1Togo0.00
2Mongolia0.00
3Swaziland0.00
...
105Chile4.12
106Greece4.17
107Germany4.25
108Lebanon4.40
109China4.47
110S. Africa4.51
111Israel4.53
112Iran4.72
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 better57
Pos.201957
1Iceland2.40
2=Singapore2.50
2=Hong Kong2.50
...
57Costa Rica7.10
58=Russia7.10
59Albania7.20
60=Lebanon7.40
60=Ukraine7.40
62Brunei7.60
63Kazakhstan7.70
64=Macedonia7.90
Asia Avg11.80
World Avg14.59
q=184.
Income Inequality (Gini Coefficient)
Lower is better58
Pos.2017
%58
1Ukraine25.0
2=Belarus25.4
2=Slovenia25.4
...
28Germany31.7
29=Egypt31.8
29=Ireland31.8
29=Lebanon31.8
32Montenegro31.9
33Japan32.1
34=Mongolia32.3
34=Switzerland32.3
Asia Avg35.2
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
...
52Bosnia & Herzegovina54
53=Greece56
53=Paraguay56
55Lebanon57
56Panama61
57Venezuela67
58Turkey68
59=Bolivia71
59=Botswana71
61Brazil72
62=Egypt72
63Algeria73
64=Peru73
65S. Africa75
66=Ecuador76
66=Costa Rica76
World Avg54.3
q=106.
Disbelief In God (2007)59
Pos.Higher is better
%59
1Vietnam81
2Japan65
3Sweden64
...
59=Argentina4
59=Georgia4
59=Uzbekistan4
62Lebanon3
63=Congo, (Brazzaville)3
63=Poland3
63=Jamaica3
63=India3
67Angola2
68=Chile2
68=Central African Rep.2
68=Tajikistan2
68=Turkmenistan2
68=Indonesia2
73Paraguay1
74=Nicaragua1
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 below60:

Christian38.3%
Muslim61.3%
Hindu0.1%
Buddhist0.2%
Folk Religion0.1%
Jewish0.1%
Unaffiliated0.3%

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 100% of the populace say they belong to a religion, only 57% 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 59.7% (Shia, Sunni, Druze, Isma'ilite, Alawite or Nusayri), Christian 39% (Maronite Catholic, Greek Orthodox, Melkite Catholic, Armenian Orthodox, Syrian Catholic, Armenian Catholic, Syrian Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Chaldean, Assyrian, Coptic, Protestant), other 1.3%. note: 17 religious sects recognized61.

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