The Human Truth Foundation

Moldova (Republic of Moldova)

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

By Vexen Crabtree 2013

Moldova
Republic of Moldova
StatusIndependent State
Social and Moral Index72nd best
CapitalChisinau
Land Area 32 854km21
LocationEurope
Population4.1m2
Life Expectancy68.85yrs (2017)3
GNI$14 875 (2017)4
ISO3166-1 CodesMD, MDA, 4985
Internet Domain.md6
CurrencyLeu (MDL)7
Telephone+3738

1. Overview

#romania #russia #ukraine

Part of Romania during the interwar period, Moldova was incorporated into the Soviet Union at the close of World War II. Although the country has been independent from the USSR since 1991, Russian forces have remained on Moldovan territory east of the Nistru River supporting a Transnistrian separatist region composed of a Slavic majority population (mostly Ukrainians and Russians), but with a sizeable ethnic Moldovan minority. One of the poorest nations in Europe, Moldova became the first former Soviet state to elect a Communist, Vladimir VORONIN, as its president in 2001. VORONIN served as Moldova's president until he resigned in September 2009, following the opposition's gain of a narrow majority in July parliamentary elections and the Communist Party's (PCRM) subsequent inability to attract the three-fifths of parliamentary votes required to elect a president. Four Moldovan opposition parties formed a new coalition, the Alliance for European Integration (AEI), which has acted as Moldova's governing coalition since. Moldova experienced significant political uncertainty between 2009 and early 2012, holding three general elections and numerous presidential ballots in parliament, all of which failed to secure a president. Following November 2010 parliamentary elections, a reconstituted AEI-coalition consisting of three of the four original AEI parties formed a government, and in March 2012 was finally able to elect an independent as president.

CIA's The World Factbook (2013)9

Book CoverLong-forgotten and little-known, Moldova struggles to throw off its post-communist trappings and reputation as one of the poorest nations in Europe. Only vaguely known in Europe and all but anonymous to the rest of the world, Moldova remains a mysterious and misunderstood land: part Romanian, part Russian, all Soviet. Once at the very edge of the USSR, Moldova has gone it alone since the early ´90s. Independence has been economically painful and Moldova has been racked by civil war between the central government and the secessionist Russian-speaking region known as Transdniestr, which continues to exist as a state within a state today.Moldova gets a tiny number of tourists and isn´t particularly well set up for travellers, but this is one of its greatest charms. Its out-of-the-way aspect makes travel in Moldova a challenge and an adventure, but the unhurried and timeless way of life, where there is always time to chat in the shade of summer´s fruit trees, are part of its appeal.

Sights may be few and far between in the gently undulating landscape, but look no further for adventure: this is Eastern Europe´s last unknown land.

"The World" by Lonely Planet (2014)10

2. Moldova National and Social Development

#economics #human_development #wealth

UN HDI (2021)11
Pos.Higher is better
Value11
1Switzerland0.962
2Norway0.961
3Iceland0.959
...
77Ukraine0.773
78Macedonia0.770
79China0.768
80=Moldova0.767
80=Dominican Rep.0.767
80=Palau0.767
83Cuba0.764
84Peru0.762
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
...
77Maldives$15 448
78Libya$15 336
79Bosnia & Herzegovina$15 242
80Moldova$14 875
81Georgia$14 664
82Colombia$14 384
83Brazil$14 370
84Azerbaijan$14 257
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
...
69Panama78.8
70Macedonia78.9
71Mongolia79.2
72Moldova79.4
73Seychelles79.5
74Maldives79.9
75Armenia80.0
76China80.0
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. Moldova's Demographics and Migration

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

Population:

Moldova's population is predicted to fall to 3 147 000 by 2030. This country has a fertility rate of 1.46. 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
...
127Panama4.2m
128Croatia4.2m
129Kuwait4.1m
130Moldova4.1m
131Georgia4.0m
132Eritrea3.5m
133Uruguay3.4m
134Bosnia & Herzegovina3.3m
World Avg39.0m
q=195.
Life Expectancy
Higher is better
11
Pos.2021
Years11
1Monaco85.9
2Hong Kong85.5
3Japan84.8
...
127Philippines69.3
128Turkmenistan69.3
129Guatemala69.2
130Moldova68.8
131Nepal68.4
132Laos68.1
133Timor-Leste (E. Timor)67.7
134Sao Tome & Principe67.6
World Avg71.28
q=195.
Fertility Rate
2.0 is best
13
Pos.201313
1N. Korea2.00
2Brunei1.99
3St Vincent & Grenadines2.01
...
88Slovenia1.47
89Italy1.47
90Cyprus1.46
91Moldova1.46
92Cuba1.45
93India2.55
94Germany1.44
95Laos2.58
World Avg2.81
q=180.
Old-Age Dependency Ratio
Lower is better
14
Pos.2016
Per 10014
1Uganda04.3
2Mali04.5
3=Chad04.7
...
126Costa Rica22.6
127Israel22.9
128Sri Lanka23.7
129Moldova24.7
130China25.3
131Mauritius25.9
132Uruguay26.8
133Cyprus26.9
World Avg18.3
q=185.

Migration:

Immigrants15
Pos.2017
%15
1UAE88.4%
2Kuwait75.5%
3Qatar65.2%
...
98Togo3.6%
99Uzbekistan3.6%
100Rwanda3.6%
101Moldova3.5%
102Slovakia3.4%
103Turkmenistan3.4%
104Iran3.3%
105Kyrgyzstan3.3%
World Avg9.4%
q=195.
Emigrants16
Pos.2010
%16
1Dominica104.8%
2Palestine68.4%
3Samoa67.3%
...
23St Lucia23.3%
24Macedonia21.9%
25Sao Tome & Principe21.9%
26Moldova21.5%
27Fiji21.3%
28Portugal20.8%
29Lesotho20.5%
30El Salvador20.5%
World Avg11.5%
q=192.

4. Moldova's Human Rights, Equality & Tolerance

#antisemitism #equality #freedom #freethought #gender #gender_equality #homosexuality #human_rights #international_law #mass_media #misogyny #morals #politics #prejudice #religious_tolerance #slavery #tolerance #women

Compared to Europe (2020)17
Pos.Lower is better
Avg Rank17
1Sweden9.0
2Norway14.5
3Denmark14.5
...
39Montenegro71.8
40Liechtenstein73.6
41Belarus78.7
42Moldova81.3
43Macedonia82.0
44Turkey82.4
45Andorra84.0
46Azerbaijan86.9
47Monaco93.8
Europe Avg51.4
q=49.
Human Rights, Equality & Tolerance (2020)17
Pos.Lower is better
Avg Rank17
1Sweden9.0
2Norway14.5
3Denmark14.5
...
75Philippines78.3
76Belarus78.7
77Kyrgyzstan79.5
78Moldova81.3
79Trinidad & Tobago81.4
80Macedonia82.0
81Mali82.2
82Turkey82.4
World Avg87.9
q=199.

The best countries in the world at ensuring human rights, fostering equality and promoting tolerance, are Sweden, Norway and Denmark18. These countries are displaying the best traits that humanity has to offer. The worst countries are The Solomon Islands, Somalia and Tuvalu18.

The data sets used to calculate points for each country are statistics on commentary in Human Rights Watch reports, its nominal commitment to Human Rights, speed of uptake of HR treaties, supporting personal, civil & economic freedoms, supporting press freedom, eliminating modern slavery, opposing gender inequality, the rate of gender bias (from 7 indicators), the year from which women could participate in democracy, its success in fighting anti-semitic prejudice, LGBT equality and freethought. The regions with the best average results per country are Scandinavia, Baltic States and Europe18, whereas the worst are Melanesia, Micronesia and Australasia18.

For more, see:

Human Rights & Tolerance:

Nominal Commitment to HR
Higher is better19
Pos.2009
Treaties19
1Argentina24
2=Chile23
2=Costa Rica23
...
64Greece19
65=Ireland19
66Lithuania18
67=Moldova18
67=Kyrgyzstan18
67=Philippines18
67=Algeria18
67=Malta18
Europe Avg19.5
World Avg15.1
q=194.
HR Treaties Lag
Lower is better20
Pos.2019
Avg Yrs/Treaty20
1Ecuador2.15
2Uruguay2.25
3Tunisia3.65
...
131Central African Rep.11.87
132Thailand11.89
133Congo, (Brazzaville)11.91
134Moldova11.99
135Kyrgyzstan12.04
136Botswana12.05
137Estonia12.06
138Gambia12.12
Europe Avg9.09
World Avg10.02
q=195.
Personal, Civil & Economic Freedom
Lower is better21
Pos.2014
Rank21
1Hong Kong1
2Switzerland2
3New Zealand3
...
66Brunei66
67Serbia67
68Guatemala68
69=Moldova69
69=Namibia69
71Bolivia71
72Indonesia72
73Turkey73
Europe Avg33.9
World Avg79.7
q=159.
Press Freedom
Lower is better22
Pos.201322
1Finland638
2Netherlands648
3Norway652
...
51S. Africa2456
52Japan2517
53Argentina2567
54Moldova2601
55Hungary2609
56Italy2611
57Hong Kong2616
58Senegal2619
Europe Avg2044
World Avg3249
q=178.
Slavery
Lower is better
23
Pos.2018
% Victims23
1Japan0.03
2=Canada0.05
2=Taiwan0.05
...
100Armenia0.53
101Mozambique0.54
102=Russia0.55
102=Moldova0.55
102=Egypt0.55
102=Benin0.55
106Venezuela0.56
107=Haiti0.56
Europe Avg0.38
World Avg0.65
q=167.

Amnesty International's 2023-23 summary on human rights in Moldova stated:

No visible progress was made in reducing instances of torture and other ill-treatment in detention. Impunity continued for past human rights violations by law enforcement agencies. New ‚€útemporary‚€Ě restrictions on public assemblies were introduced. The rights of LGBTI people were not fully realized, leading to cases of harassment, discrimination and violence. Some refugee reception centres turned away religious and ethnic minority refugees. In the breakaway Transdniestria region, prosecution and imprisonment for peaceful dissent continued.

"The State of the World's Human Rights 2022/23" by Amnesty International (2023)24

Gender Equality:

Moldova is on the way towards ending gender inequality but women are still in an unfavourable position much of the time.

See:

Gender Inequality
Lower is better
25
Pos.201525
1Switzerland0.04
2Denmark0.04
3Netherlands0.04
...
44Malta0.22
45Bulgaria0.22
46UAE0.23
47Moldova0.23
48Bahrain0.23
49Hungary0.25
50Saudi Arabia0.26
51Albania0.27
Europe Avg0.15
World Avg0.36
q=159.
Gender Biases
Lower is better
26
Pos.2022
%26
1Sweden31.827
2New Zealand34.428
3Australia37.028
...
36S. Korea89.928
37Mexico90.228
38Belarus90.427
39Moldova90.729
40Colombia91.228
41Bolivia91.328
42Russia91.428
43Turkey91.628
Europe Avg69.08
World Avg83.93
q=88.
Year Women Can Vote
Lower is better
Pos.0
Year
1New Zealand1893
2Australia1902
3Finland1906
...
181Namibia1989
182Samoa1990
183Kazakhstan1993
184=Moldova1994
184=Oman1994
186Qatar2003
187Kuwait2005
188Saudi Arabia0
Europe Avg1895
World Avg1930
q=189.

Prejudice:

Anti-Semite Opinions
Lower is better
30
Pos.2014
%30
1Laos0
2Philippines3
3Sweden4
...
43=Montenegro29
43=Spain29
45Venezuela30
46=Moldova30
46=Russia30
46=Bolivia30
49Georgia32
50=Kazakhstan32
Europe Avg29.9
World Avg36.8
q=101.
LGBT Equality
Higher is better
31
Pos.2017
Score31
1Netherlands103
2Belgium90
3Sweden86
...
70=Liechtenstein25
70=Macedonia25
70=Cape Verde25
70=Moldova25
70=Turkey25
70=Latvia25
70=Dominican Rep.25
70=Seychelles25
Europe Avg46.9
World Avg12.6
q=196.
Freedom of Thought
Lower is better
32
Pos.202132
1=Belgium1.0
1=Netherlands1.0
1=Taiwan1.0
...
99Guatemala3.0
100=Uganda3.0
100=Ivory Coast3.0
100=Moldova3.0
100=Serbia3.0
100=Cyprus3.0
100=Tuvalu3.0
100=Mexico3.0
Europe Avg2.6
World Avg3.0
q=196.

5. Moldova's Health

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

Compared to Europe (2020)33
Pos.Lower is better
Avg Rank33
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)33
Pos.Lower is better
Avg Rank33
1Monaco13.0
2Hong Kong18.3
3Maldives41.0
...
123Syria101.3
124Gambia101.3
125Honduras101.4
126Moldova101.5
127=Ghana101.8
127=Egypt101.8
129Comoros102.1
130Mexico102.6
World Avg93.5
q=196.

The countries with the best overall approach to public health, in terms of both public policy and individual lifestyle choices, are Monaco, Hong Kong and The Maldives34. 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 Palau34.

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 Mediterranean34, whereas the worst are Micronesia, Australasia and Africa34.

For more, see:

Health:

Moldova is a pretty unhealthy country. Moldova does better than average in its adolescent birth rate25 (but high for Europe). But that's it. Moldova has problems. It does worse than average in terms of its food aid and health contributions and WHO compliance35, its fertility rate13, its immunizations take-up36, its smoking rate37 (still low for Europe) and in its average life expectancy11 (the lowest in Europe). And finally, it sits amongst the bottom 20 in terms of its suicide rate38 and in its alcohol consumption rate39 (the highest in Europe). The prevalence of overweight adults has increased by 14% during the last 40 years. Life expectancy in Moldova improved by just +2.9yrs in the 30 years from 1990, significantly less than almost everywhere else in the world.

Life Expectancy
Higher is better
11
Pos.2021
Years11
1Monaco85.9
2Hong Kong85.5
3Japan84.8
...
127Philippines69.3
128Turkmenistan69.3
129Guatemala69.2
130Moldova68.8
131Nepal68.4
132Laos68.1
133Timor-Leste (E. Timor)67.7
134Sao Tome & Principe67.6
Europe Avg78.36
World Avg71.28
q=195.
Alcohol Consumption
Lower is better
39
Pos.2016
Per Capita39
1Bangladesh0.0
2Kuwait0.0
3Libya0.0
...
182Latvia12.9
183=Luxembourg13.0
183=Ireland13.0
185Nigeria13.4
186=Germany13.4
187Czechia14.4
188Lithuania15.0
189Moldova15.2
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
...
88Slovenia1.47
89Italy1.47
90Cyprus1.46
91Moldova1.46
92Cuba1.45
93India2.55
94Germany1.44
95Laos2.58
Europe Avg1.61
World Avg2.81
q=180.
Smoking Rates
Lower is better
37
Pos.201437
1Guinea 15
2Solomon Islands 26
3Kiribati 28
...
125USA1 083
126Finland1 083
127Portugal1 113
128Moldova1 114
129Lithuania1 124
130Uruguay1 135
131Canada1 154
132Albania1 177
Europe Avg1 648
World Avg 819
q=182.
Suicide Rate38
Pos.2013
Per 100k38
1Haiti0
2Grenada0
3Egypt0.1
...
71Austria30.9
72Uruguay32.3
73France33.2
74Moldova35.7
75Switzerland36.2
76Croatia36.4
77Estonia37.9
78Serbia38.1
Europe Avg26.99
World Avg20.93
q=91.
Food Aid, Health Contributions & WHO Compliance
Lower is better
35
Pos.2017
Rank35
1Sweden1
2Ireland2
3Denmark3
...
84Indonesia84
85Bolivia85
86Kyrgyzstan86
87Moldova87
88Syria88
89Azerbaijan89
90Uganda90
91Chile91
Europe Avg47.4
World Avg82.0
q=163.
Overweight Adults
Lower is better40
Pos.2016
%40
1Vietnam18.3
2India19.7
3Bangladesh20.0
...
78Guyana49.4
79Grenada51.4
80=Turkmenistan51.8
80=Moldova51.8
82St Kitts & Nevis52.3
83Barbados52.4
84Papua New Guinea52.9
85Bosnia & Herzegovina53.3
Europe Avg58.5
World Avg49.0
q=191.

Children's Health:

Adolescent Birth Rate
Lower is better
25
Pos.2015
Per 100025
1N. Korea0.5
2S. Korea1.6
3Switzerland2.9
...
64Bhutan21.4
65Djibouti21.5
66Albania21.7
67=Moldova22.6
67=USA22.6
69Armenia23.0
70Jordan23.2
71Russia23.4
Europe Avg14.6
World Avg47.9
q=185.
Infant Immunizations 2011-2015
Higher is better
36
Pos.2015
Avg %36
1=Hungary99.0
1=China99.0
3Uzbekistan98.9
...
111=Lesotho91.7
112Malawi91.7
113Mexico91.6
114Moldova91.5
115Iceland91.5
116Trinidad & Tobago91.4
117Jamaica90.9
118Burkina Faso90.6
Europe Avg92.7
World Avg88.3
q=194.

6. Moldova's Responsibility Towards The Environment

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

Compared to Europe (2023)41
Pos.Lower is better
Avg Rank41
1Greece50.4
2Italy51.8
3Germany55.8
...
34Poland98.0
35Azerbaijan99.3
36Macedonia102.8
37Moldova104.8
38Lithuania107.8
39Latvia109.0
40Croatia112.0
41=Serbia118.0
42Bosnia & Herzegovina120.0
Europe Avg79.9
q=43.
Responsibility Towards The Environment (2023)41
Pos.Lower is better
Avg Rank41
1Japan33.2
2Philippines45.0
3Uruguay48.0
...
147Saudi Arabia104.4
148Laos104.5
149Oman104.7
150Moldova104.8
151Botswana106.8
152S. Africa106.8
153Lithuania107.8
154=Guyana108.0
World Avg85.7
q=188.
Moldova ranks 150th in the world in terms of its responsibility towards the environment. This rank is calculated from 6 data sets. Moldova does better than average for its forested percent change 1990-201542 and in the rate of rational beliefs on the environment in the population43. When it comes to most other metrics, Moldova does not do well. It does worse than average in annual meat consumption per person44 (still good for Europe), its environmental performance45 (amongst the worst in Europe) and in how quickly it ratified the 1993 Convention on Biological Diversity. And finally, it sits amongst the bottom 20 in terms of energy to GDP efficiency46.

Forest Area Change 1990-2015
Higher is better
42
Pos.2015
%42
1Iceland+205.6
2Bahrain+144.4
3Uruguay+131.3
...
18Syria+32.1
19UAE+31.7
20Samoa+31.5
21Moldova+28.2
22Israel+25.0
23Swaziland+24.2
24Greece+22.9
25Philippines+22.7
Europe Avg+15.0
World Avg+02.8
q=184.
Environmental Performance
Higher is better
45
Pos.201845
1Switzerland87.4
2France84.0
3Denmark81.6
...
109Ukraine52.9
110Guatemala52.3
111Maldives52.1
112Moldova52.0
113Botswana51.7
114Honduras51.5
115Sudan51.5
116Oman51.3
Europe Avg69.6
World Avg56.4
q=180.
Energy to GDP Efficiency
Higher is better46
Pos.201446
1Hong Kong26.32
2Sri Lanka20.00
3Panama17.86
...
100Iran05.32
101Kenya05.24
102Kazakhstan05.10
103Moldova05.03
104Ivory Coast04.85
105Tanzania04.81
106Kyrgyzstan04.78
107Benin04.69
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
...
128Solomon Islands1996 Jan 01
129Togo1996 Jan 02
130Botswana1996 Jan 10
131Moldova1996 Jan 18
132Guinea-Bissau1996 Jan 25
133Sudan1996 Jan 28
134S. Africa1996 Jan 31
135Nicaragua1996 Feb 18
Europe Avg1899 Dec 30
World Avg1899 Dec 30
q=197.
Rational Beliefs on the Environment
Higher is better43
Pos.2011
%43
1Argentina78.3%
2Greece77.6%
3Brazil77.1%
...
65Canada41.2%
66Serbia41.1%
67Ghana40.4%
68Moldova40.4%
69Cameroon39.0%
70Uganda38.6%
71Sierra Leone38.6%
72France38.4%
Europe Avg33.6%
World Avg39.9%
q=145.
Meat Consumption
Lower is better
44
Pos.2021
kg44
1Congo, DR03.0
2Burundi03.5
3Bangladesh04.3
...
106Colombia60.9
107Slovenia61.2
108Bulgaria61.8
109Moldova61.9
110Costa Rica62.2
111China63.6
112Uruguay62.8
113Jamaica63.4
Europe Avg71.1
World Avg52.5
q=185.

In the 2010s, Moldova increased its meat consumption by over 20kgs per person per year, one of only 11 countries to do so, and putting unnecessary strain on water supplies and the environment.44

7. Moldova's Modernity and Learning

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

Compared to Europe (2020)47
Pos.Lower is better
Avg Rank47
1Finland8.4
2Switzerland15.1
3Estonia15.8
...
34Malta51.6
35Belarus53.2
36Cyprus54.0
37Moldova56.3
38Serbia56.4
39Kosovo57.0
40Bosnia & Herzegovina58.1
41Monaco64.5
42Georgia65.1
Europe Avg41.2
q=49.
Modernity & Learning (2020)47
Pos.Lower is better
Avg Rank47
1Finland8.4
2Taiwan10.0
3Switzerland15.1
...
53Barbados54.2
54Brazil55.1
55UAE56.0
56Moldova56.3
57Serbia56.4
58St Kitts & Nevis56.7
59Kosovo57.0
60Puerto Rico57.5
World Avg83.2
q=205.

Modernity and Education:

Research & Development
Higher is better
Pos.2016
% RDP PPP
1S. Korea4.2948
2Israel4.1148
3Japan3.5848
...
72=Montenegro0.3849
72=Chile0.3848
72=Ghana0.3850
75Moldova0.3549
76Ecuador0.3451
77Bosnia & Herzegovina0.3349
78Iran0.3150
79=Nepal0.3050
Europe Avg1.32
World Avg0.84
q=126.
Secondary Education
Higher is better
52
Pos.201852
1=Luxembourg100.0%
1=Estonia100.0%
1=Austria100.0%
...
17Palau97.1%
18New Zealand96.9%
19Switzerland96.5%
20Moldova96.4%
21Germany96.3%
22Russia95.9%
23Croatia95.7%
24Azerbaijan95.6%
Europe Avg88.3%
World Avg63.0%
q=169.
Length of Schooling
Higher is better
53
Pos.2021
Years53
1Australia21.1
2New Zealand20.3
3Greece20.0
...
75Albania14.4
76Cuba14.4
77Colombia14.4
78Moldova14.4
79Serbia14.4
80Luxembourg14.4
81China14.2
82Romania14.2
Europe Avg16.1
World Avg13.5
q=193.
Intellectual Endeavours
Lower is better
35
Pos.2017
Rank35
1Ukraine1
2Czechia2
3Hungary3
...
44S. Korea44
45Morocco45
46Belarus46
47Moldova47
48Montenegro48
49Norway49
50Fiji50
51Dominica51
Europe Avg31.3
World Avg82.0
q=163.
Maths, Science & Reading
Higher is better
54
Pos.2015
Score54
1Singapore1655
2Hong Kong1598
3Japan1586
...
49Uruguay1290
50Turkey1273
51Trinidad & Tobago1269
52Moldova1264
53Montenegro1256
54=Costa Rica1247
54=Mexico1247
56Albania1245
Europe Avg1417
World Avg1389
q=70.
Religiosity
Lower is better
55
Pos.2018
%55
1China3
2Estonia6
3Czechia7
...
39Azerbaijan38
40Chile41
41=Croatia42
41=Moldova42
43Argentina43
44Mexico45
45Kyrgyzstan47
46Kosovo48
Europe Avg25.8
World Avg54.3
q=106.
IQ
Higher is better56
Pos.200656
1=Hong Kong108
1=Singapore108
3S. Korea106
...
32=Ukraine97
32=Russia97
32=Belarus97
35Moldova96
36=Uruguay96
36=Slovenia96
36=Slovakia96
39Portugal95
Europe Avg96.6
World Avg85.6
q=138.

Technology and Information:

Internet Users
Higher is better
57
Pos.201657
1Iceland100%
2Faroe Islands99%
3Norway98%
...
99Armenia50%
100Iran49%
101Tunisia48%
102Moldova48%
103=Paraguay47%
103=Fiji47%
105Tonga47%
106Nigeria46%
Europe Avg76.7%
World Avg48.1%
q=201.
IT Security
Lower is better
58
Pos.201358
1=Ireland0.11
1=Luxembourg0.11
1=Belize0.11
...
27Chile0.66
28Guinea-Bissau0.67
29Uzbekistan0.69
30Moldova0.71
31Zambia0.76
32Kenya0.77
33Cameroon0.77
34Burkina Faso0.79
Europe Avg0.80
World Avg0.98
IPv6 Uptake
Higher is better
59
Pos.2017
Ratio59
1Belgium55.4
2Germany41.8
3Switzerland35.1
...
60Iceland0.3
61Turkey0.3
62=Uruguay0.3
62=Moldova0.3
64UAE0.3
65Seychelles0.2
66Puerto Rico0.2
67Indonesia0.2
Europe Avg8.11
World Avg3.82
q=176.

8. National Culture

#charity #corruption #happiness #morals #politics

On the Corruption Index, Moldova scored on average 33.8 over the 2012-2016 period. Over the 10 years since then, it improved by 5.2 points.

World Giving Index
Higher is better
60
Pos.2022
%60
1Indonesia68.0
2Kenya61.0
3USA59.0
...
79=Cameroon37.0
79=Iraq37.0
79=Croatia37.0
79=Moldova37.0
79=Israel37.0
79=Mauritius37.0
79=Lithuania37.0
86Panama36.0
Europe Avg39.0
World Avg39.6
q=125.
Corruption
Higher is better
61
Pos.2022
Points61
1Denmark90.0
2=Finland87.0
2=New Zealand87.0
...
89India40.0
90=Guyana40.0
91Belarus39.0
92=Moldova39.0
92=Colombia39.0
94Ethiopia38.0
95=Brazil38.0
95=Argentina38.0
Europe Avg57.61
World Avg42.98
q=180.
Happiness
Higher is better
62
Pos.2018
Score62
1Finland7.6
2Norway7.6
3Denmark7.6
...
64Paraguay5.7
65Peru5.7
66Kosovo5.7
67Moldova5.6
68Turkmenistan5.6
69Hungary5.6
70Libya5.6
71Philippines5.5
Europe Avg6.06
World Avg5.38
q=156.
Creativity & Culture
Lower is better
35
Pos.2017
Rank35
1Belgium1
2Netherlands2
3Estonia3
...
43St Vincent & Grenadines43
44Cyprus44
45Japan45
46Moldova46
47Greece47
48Australia48
49Seychelles49
50Grenada50
Europe Avg35.0
World Avg82.0
q=163.
Open Trading, Aid & Development
Lower is better
35
Pos.2017
Rank35
1Ireland1
2Denmark2
3Sweden3
...
19Malaysia19
20Nicaragua20
21Portugal21
22Moldova22
23Hungary23
24Jordan24
25Mauritius25
26Zimbabwe26
Europe Avg42.6
World Avg82.0
q=163.

9. Peace Versus Instability

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

Global Peace Index
Lower is better
63
Pos.2023
Score63
1Iceland1.12
2Denmark1.31
3Ireland1.31
...
54Argentina1.84
55Madagascar1.85
56Namibia1.86
57Moldova1.87
58Chile1.87
59Gambia1.89
60Greece1.89
61Bosnia & Herzegovina1.89
Europe Avg1.70
World Avg2.07
q=163.
Peacekeeping & Security
Lower is better
35
Pos.2017
Rank35
1Samoa1
2S. Africa2
3Tunisia3
4Egypt4
5Nigeria5
6Uruguay6
7Indonesia7
8Brunei8
9Moldova9
10Morocco10
11Oman11
12Tanzania12
Europe Avg84.6
World Avg82.0
q=163.
Refugees & UN Treaties
Lower is better
35
Pos.2017
Rank35
1Austria1
2Germany2
3Netherlands3
...
61Philippines61
62Indonesia62
63Uganda63
64Moldova64
65Mozambique65
66=Burkina Faso66
66=Kyrgyzstan66
68Iran68
Europe Avg37.8
World Avg82.0
q=163.
Impact of Terrorism
Lower is better
64
Pos.2019
Score64
1Togo0.00
2Mongolia0.00
3Swaziland0.00
...
23Norway0.08
24Lesotho0.10
25Liberia0.11
26=Moldova0.12
26=Serbia0.12
26=Estonia0.12
29New Zealand0.14
30Uruguay0.17
Europe Avg1.62
World Avg2.78
q=150.

10. Economic Inequality and Poverty

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

Inequality in Life Expectancy
Lower is better65
Pos.201965
1Iceland2.40
2=Singapore2.50
2=Hong Kong2.50
...
75Iran9.20
76Mauritius9.40
77=Seychelles9.60
77=Moldova9.60
79Jamaica10.00
80=Samoa10.00
81Tonga10.40
82Mexico10.50
Europe Avg4.86
World Avg14.59
q=184.
Income Inequality (Gini Coefficient)
Lower is better66
Pos.2017
%66
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.
Multidimensional Poverty
Lower is better67
Pos.2018
Severity67
1Armenia.001
2Ukraine.001
3Serbia.001
...
9Maldives.003
10Albania.003
11Thailand.003
12Moldova.004
13Palestine.004
14Tunisia.005
15St Lucia.007
16Libya.007
Europe Avg.004
World Avg.154
q=101.

11. Religion and Beliefs

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

Religiosity (2018)55
Pos.Lower is better
%55
1China3
2Estonia6
3Czechia7
...
39Azerbaijan38
40Chile41
41=Croatia42
41=Moldova42
43Argentina43
44Mexico45
45Kyrgyzstan47
46Kosovo48
47=Tajikistan50
47=Romania50
49Georgia51
50=Armenia53
50=USA53
52Bosnia & Herzegovina54
53=Greece56
53=Paraguay56
World Avg54.3
q=106.
Disbelief In God (2007)68
Pos.Higher is better
%68
1Vietnam81
2Japan65
3Sweden64
...
45=Croatia7
45=Kyrgyzstan7
45=Cambodia7
48Moldova6
49=Italy6
50Laos5
51=Ireland5
51=Mozambique5
53Zimbabwe4
54=Namibia4
54=Iran4
54=Mexico4
54=Portugal4
54=Romania4
54=Argentina4
54=Georgia4
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:

Christian97.4%
Muslim0.6%
Hindu0.1%
Buddhist0.1%
Folk Religion0.1%
Jewish0.6%
Unaffiliated1.4%

By adding up the Pew Forum data for the major monotheistic religions we can see that these make up 98.6% of the population. Yet there are simply too many who disbelieve in God for this to be true (6%). This is due to the so-called 'Census Effect', whereby many put down a religion for cultural reasons rather than because it reflects their beliefs. In highly Christian countries, as many as half of those who say they're a Christian lack any connection to a Church, and do not hold Christian beliefs (such as believing in God!).

It appears that when asked "What religion are you" many give pollsters the 'correct' answer despite how they actually feel, and despite what they actually believe. Although 98.9% of the populace say they belong to a religion, only 42% 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 98%, Jewish 1.5%, Baptist and other 0.5% (2000)70.

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