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Monday, September 1, 2014

Religiosity and Progress - Part 2


Author: Kerala Varma

http://glo-talk.blogspot.in/2014_09_01_archive.html

Read more on this series: Part 1

I did a bit of research. Not so much research as adding two and two and probably getting four and a half

Let me tabulate my findings.


(1)
Most peaceful countries Rank in the Irreligion Index Irreligious %
1 Denmark 283%
2Norway478%
3Singapore3153%
4Slovenia3551%
5Sweden188%
6Iceland2160%
7Belgium768%
8Czech Republic872%
9Switzerland2557%
10Japan971%
11Ireland2953%
12Finland669%
13New Zealand1367%
14Canada2061%
15Austria3451%

The peace ranking uses 22 indicators to measure internal peace, including number of police per 100,000 people, levels of perceived criminality, level of organized crime, and external peace indicators that include military expenditure as a percentage of gross domestic product and nuclear and heavy weapons capabilities.

http://travel.amerikanki.com/most-peaceful-countries-in-the-world/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irreligion_by_country


(2) Now let's look at the impact of religiosity (or lack of it) on how good a country is.

Good Country Index Rank* Rank in the Irreligion Index Irreligious %
1Ireland2953%
2Finland1069%
3Switzerland2557%
4Netherlands1465%
5New Zealand1367%
6Sweden188%
7United Kingdom676%
8Norway478%
9Denmark283%
10Belgium1168%

*Best countries in the world in terms of contributions to humanity and the planet, in the first ever Good Country Index, which ranks countries by combining 35 separate indicators (from the United Nations, the World Bank and other international institutions) like the size of a country's economy, its global contributions to science and technology, culture, international peace and security, world order, the planet and climate, prosperity and equality, and the health and well-being of humanity. 

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/ireland-is-the-best-country-in-the-world-according-to-good-country-index-9557358.html

(3) These are the least religious (or faithless or "kafir" or atheist) countries and how they fare in stuff that matter.
Rank Country Irreligious % HDI Rank Per Capita GDP Rank Literacy%
1 Sweden 88 7 13 99%
2 Denmark 83 15 19 99%
3 China 82 101 93 95%
4 Norway 78 1 4 100%
5 Estonia 78 33 45 99.8%
6 UK 76 26 21 99%
7 France 74 20 23 99%
8 Czech 72 28 37 99%
9 Japan 71 10 22 99%
10 Finland 69 21 24 100%
11 Belgium 68 17 20 99%
12 Australia 67 2 10 96%
13 New Zealand 67 6 30 99%
14 Netherlands 65 4 12 99%
15 Uruguay 64 51 60 98%
16 Cuba 64 59 126 99.8%
17 Luxembourg 64 26 2 100%
18 Hungary 63 37 51 99%
19 Germany 62 5 15 99%
20 Canada 61 11 9 99%

(4) And finally the most religious (God fearing) countries:
Rank Country Irreligious % HDI Rank Per Capita GDP Rank Literacy%
1 India 9 136 133 74.4%
2 Sudan 9 171 145 71.9%
3 Zimbabwe 9 172 90.7%
4 Iran 8 76 78 85%
5 Tanzania 5 152 162 69.4
6 Uganda 5 161 168 66.8%
7 Congo 5 142 128 66.8%
8 Zambia 5 163 160 80.6%
9 Nepal 5 157 167 66%
10 Saudi Arabia 4 57 29 86.6%
11 Pakistan 4 146 140 55%
12 Ghana 4 135 138 71.5%
13 Kenya 3 145 159 87.4%
14 Myanmar 3 149 161 92.7%
15 Nigeria 2 153 143 61.3%
16 Indonesia 1 121 125 90.4%
17 Malawi 1 170 180 74.8%

(5) Moral of the story: God looks after those who are least religious, least god fearing ☺.

About Kerala Varma:

He hails from Chirakkal (Kannur), Kerala, is a former Deputy General Manager of State Bank Of India and lives in Chennai with his wife Chitra. He is an amateur writer, who believes in "simple living, simple thinking", welcoming enrichers of life like love, humour, long walks, the river, sea, mountain, books, music and internet and avoiding complicaters of life like greed, anger, ambition, sentimentalism, sexism, god, rituals, religion and superstitions.

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