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Azerbaijan (Republic of Azerbaijan)

By Vexen Crabtree 2013

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Azerbaijan
Republic of Azerbaijan
StatusIndependent State
Social and Moral Index109th best
CapitalBaku
Land Area1 82 658 km2
LocationAsia, Europe
Population29.421 million
Life Expectancy370.874yrs (2012)
GNI3$8 153
ISO3166-1 Codes4AZ, AZE, 31
Internet Domain5.az
Currency6Manat (AZN)
Telephone7+994

1. Overview

#armenia #france #islam #russia

Azerbaijan - a nation with a majority-Turkic and majority-Shia Muslim population - was briefly independent (from 1918 to 1920) following the collapse of the Russian Empire; it was subsequently incorporated into the Soviet Union for seven decades. Azerbaijan has yet to resolve its conflict with Armenia over Nagorno-Karabakh, a primarily Armenian-populated region that Moscow recognized in 1923 as an autonomous region within Soviet Azerbaijan after Armenia and Azerbaijan disputed the status of the territory. Armenia and Azerbaijan began fighting over the area in 1988; the struggle escalated after both countries attained independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. By May 1994, when a cease-fire took hold, ethnic Armenian forces held not only Nagorno-Karabakh but also seven surrounding provinces in the territory of Azerbaijan. The OSCE Minsk Group, co-chaired by the United States, France, and Russia, is the framework established to mediate a peaceful resolution of the conflict. Corruption in the country is widespread, and the government, which eliminated presidential term limits in a 2009 referendum, has been accused of authoritarianism. Although the poverty rate has been reduced and infrastructure investment has increased substantially in recent years due to revenue from oil and gas production, reforms have not adequately addressed weaknesses in most government institutions, particularly in the education and health sectors. In January 2012, Azerbaijan assumed a nonpermanent seat on the UN Security Council for the 2012-13 term.

CIA's The World Factbook (2013)8

2. Azerbaijan National and Social Development

UN's Human Development Index
Country2012
score
Average
1980-2010
1Norway95.587.3
2Australia93.888.9
3USA93.787.8
...
79Macedonia74.072.6
80Mauritius73.764.1
81Bosnia & Herzegovina73.573.1
82Azerbaijan73.469.9
83St Vincent & Grenadines73.371.5
84Oman73.170.4
85Jamaica73.066.2
86Brazil73.063.2
87Armenia72.967.8
88St Lucia72.572.0
89Ecuador72.465.3
90Turkey72.258.8
91Colombia71.962.6
Data Source
Social and Moral Development
CountryScore
1Sweden89.9
2Iceland88.7
3Denmark88.3
...
106Moldova52.9
107Turkmenistan52.8
108Honduras52.8
109Azerbaijan52.7
110Qatar52.6
111Bolivia52.5
112Vietnam52.5
113Libya52.4
114Tunisia52.3
115UAE52.2
116Botswana52.1
117Swaziland51.7
118Jordan51.6
119Tajikistan51.4
Data Source

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 values in the chart are factored by 100.

The Social and Moral Development Index is a formulaic aggregation of many factors. It concentrates on moral issues and human rights, violence, equality, tolerance, freedom and effectiveness in climate change mitigation and environmentalism. 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: "What is the Best Country in the World? An Index of Morality, Conscience and Good Life" by Vexen Crabtree (2017).

3. Population and Life Expectancy

Life Expectancy (at birth)
1Japan83.6
2Hong Kong83
3Switzerland82.5
...
110Palau72.1
111Guatemala71.4
112Vanuatu71.3
113Azerbaijan70.9
114Suriname70.8
115Belarus70.6
116Trinidad & Tobago70.3
117Guyana70.2
Data Source
Fertility Rate
1Korea, N.2.0
2Brunei2.0
3St Vincent & Grenadines2.0
...
19Finland1.9
20UK1.9
21New Zealand2.1
22Azerbaijan2.2
23Chile1.8
24Bangladesh2.2
25Belgium1.8
26Algeria2.2
Data Source
Population (m=millions)
CountryPeoplePer km2
1China1 353.6m145
2India1 258.35m423
3USA 315.79m35
...
87Somalia9.797m16
88Belarus9.527m47
89Sweden9.495m23
90Azerbaijan9.421m114
91Benin9.352m83
92Burundi8.749m341
93Austria8.429m102
Data Source

Azerbaijan's population is predicted to rise to 10.81 million by 2030. This country has a fertility rate of 2.16.

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.

4. Gender Equality

Female Vote and Stand
1New Zealand1893
2Australia1902
3Finland1906
...
20Canada1920
21Albania1920
22USA1920
23Azerbaijan1921
24Lithuania1921
25Sweden1921
26Georgia1921
27Armenia1921
Gender Equality
1Netherlands0.04
2Sweden0.05
3Denmark0.06
...
51Russia0.31
52Kazakhstan0.31
53Bahamas0.32
54Azerbaijan0.32
55Romania0.33
56Mongolia0.33
57Tajikistan0.34
58Ukraine0.34
Data Source

Gender inequality is not a necessary part of early human development. Although a separation of roles is almost universal due to different strengths between the genders, this does not have to mean that women are subdued, and, such patriarchialism is not universal in ancient history. Those cultures and peoples who shed, or never developed, the idea that mankind ought to dominate womankind, are better cultures and peoples than those who, even today, cling violently to those mores.

Azerbaijan has made some steps towards ending gender inequality but much more needs to be done.

See:

5. Religion and Beliefs

#buddhism #christianity #hinduism #islam #judaism

Disbelief In God
1Vietnam81%
2Japan65%
3Sweden64%
...
98Cameroon0%
99Burkina Faso0%
100Gambia0%
101Azerbaijan0%
102Zambia0%
103Yemen0%
104Thailand0%
105Brunei0%
Data Source
How Many Are Religious?
1Estonia16%
2Sweden17%
3Denmark19%
...
22Ukraine46%
23Slovenia47%
24Spain49%
25Azerbaijan50%
26Israel51%
27Uzbekistan51%
28Ireland54%
29Serbia54%
Data Source

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 below9:

Christian3%
Muslim96.9%
Hindu0.1%
Buddhist0.1%
Folk Religion0.1%
Jew0.1%
Unaffiliated0.1%

By adding up the Pew Forum data for the major monotheistic religions we can see that these make up 100% of the population. Yet there are simply too many who disbelieve in God for this to be true (0%). 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 100.3% of the populace say they belong to a religion, only 50% 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 93.4%, Russian Orthodox 2.5%, Armenian Orthodox 2.3%, other 1.8% (1995 est.). note: religious affiliation is still nominal in Azerbaijan; percentages for actual practicing adherents are much lower10.

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6. The Internet

Internet Freedom
1Estonia10
2USA12
3Germany15
...
25Tunisia46
26Turkey46
27Venezuela48
28Azerbaijan50
29Rwanda51
30Russia52
31Zimbabwe54
32Sri Lanka55
Data Source
IT Security Risks
271USA3.68
270Russia2.42
269India2.10
...
247Malawi1.23
246Armenia1.22
245Belarus1.22
244Azerbaijan1.21
243Mauritania1.19
242Nigeria1.18
241Vietnam1.15
240Italy1.15
Data Source
Internet Users in Population
1Iceland95.64
2Norway93.28
3Netherlands90.70
...
53Trinidad & Tobago48.52
54Uruguay47.87
55Dominica47.28
56Azerbaijan46.68
57Bulgaria45.99
58Chile45.00
59Albania44.99
60Ukraine44.59
Data Source

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. 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.

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7. More Charts and Comparisons to Other Countries

Anti-Semite Opinions11
Country%11
1Laos0
2Philippines3
3Sweden4
...
63Guatemala36
64France37
65Chile37
66Azerbaijan37
67Ukraine38
68S. Africa38
69Belarus38
70Peru38
Personal Charitability
(World Position, 2013-2016)
12
CountryValue12
1Myanmar (Burma)1.25
2USA1.5
3New Zealand3.5
...
118Jordan102
119Japan102
120Hungary102
121Azerbaijan102.25
122Estonia103.25
123Moldova103.5
124Congo, (Brazzaville)104.75
125Bosnia & Herzegovina107
Personal, Civil and Economic Freedom13
CountryRank13
1Hong Kong1
2Switzerland2
3New Zealand3
...
125Gambia125
126Guyana126
127Cameroon126
128Azerbaijan128
129Vietnam128
130Sri Lanka130
131Morocco131
132Niger132
Global Peace Index
1Iceland1.11
2New Zealand1.24
3Denmark1.24
...
128Honduras2.34
129Turkey2.34
130Kyrgyzstan2.36
131Azerbaijan2.36
132Philippines2.41
133Ivory Coast2.42
134Mexico2.44
135Lebanon2.46
Data Source
Average IQ
1Singapore108
2Korea, S.106
3Taiwan105
...
63Turkmenistan87
64Uzbekistan87
65Brazil87
66Azerbaijan87
67Bolivia87
68Philippines86
69Kuwait86
70Cuba85
Data Source
Human Rights Treaties
1Argentina24
2Ecuador23
3Germany23
...
23Montenegro21
24Senegal21
25Mali21
26Azerbaijan21
27Guatemala21
28Australia21
29Iceland20
30Ukraine20
Data Source
Press Freedom Index
1Finland99.0
2Netherlands99.0
3Norway99.0
...
152Mexico99.5
153Turkey99.5
154Swaziland99.5
155Azerbaijan99.5
156Belarus99.5
157Egypt99.5
158Pakistan99.6
159Kazakhstan99.6
Data Source
R & D Spending
Country% RDP PPP
1Korea, S.4.2914
2Israel4.1114
3Japan3.5814
...
88Mongolia0.2315
89Togo0.2216
90Nigeria0.2217
91Azerbaijan0.2115
92Burkina Faso0.2018
93Vietnam0.1919
94Mauritius0.1816
95Panama0.1819
Gross National Income
1Qatar$87 478
2Liechtenstein$84 880
3Kuwait$52 793
...
84Grenada$9 257
85Colombia$8 711
86Dominican Rep.$8 506
87Azerbaijan$8 153
88Tunisia$8 103
89St Lucia$7 971
90China$7 945
91Albania$7 822
Data Source
Happiness
1Denmark7.8
2Netherlands7.6
3Norway7.6
...
102Nigeria4.8
103S. Africa4.7
104Bosnia & Herzegovina4.7
105Azerbaijan4.7
106Dominican Rep.4.7
107Tunisia4.7
108India4.6
109Congo, (Brazzaville)4.5
Data Source
Environmental Performance
1Iceland93.5
2Switzerland89.1
3Costa Rica86.4
...
80Namibia59.3
81Guyana59.2
82Uruguay59.1
83Azerbaijan59.1
84Vietnam59.0
85Moldova58.8
86Ukraine58.2
87Belgium58.1
Data Source
Gay Equality
1Netherlands405
2Belgium350
3Canada280
...
104Hong Kong10
105Macau10
106Bahamas10
107Azerbaijan10
108India10
109Haiti10
110Vatican City10
111Jordan10
Data Source

Current edition: 2013 May 01
http://www.humantruth.info/azerbaijan.html
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References: (What's this?)

Anti-Defamation League. (ADL)
(2014) ADL Global 100, Executive Summary. Accessed on global100.adl.org on 2017 Jan 02. The numbers given are of those who state that racist stereotyped statements about Jews are true; they have to agree to 6 or more of the 11 statements to be counted. An example statements is "Jews are hated because of the way they behave". The data was collected from 53,100 interviews across 101 countries plus the West Bank and Gaza. The global average is 26%.

Charities Aid Foundation
World Giving Index. On www.cafonline.org.

CIA
(2013) World Factbook. The USA Government's Central Intelligence Agency (USA CIA) publishes The World Factbook, and the online version is frequently updated.

Crabtree, Vexen
(2017) "What is the Best Country in the World? An Index of Morality, Conscience and Good Life" (2017). Accessed 2017 Feb 28.

Gallup
(2009) Religiosity. gallup.com/poll/142727/.... The survey question was "Is religion an important part of your daily life?" and results are charted for those who said "yes". 1000 adults were polled in each of 114 countries.

Lynn, Harvey & Nyborg
(2009) Average intelligence predicts atheism rates across 137 nations. Richard Lynn, John Harvey and Helmuth Nyborg article "Average intelligence predicts atheism rates across 137 nations" in Intelligence (2009 Jan/Feb) vol. 37 issue 1 pages 11-15. Online at www.sciencedirect.com, accessed 2009 Sep 15.

OECD
(2016) Research and development (R&D) - Gross domestic spending on R&D. Data from data.oecd.org. Accessed 2016 Sep 28.

The Fraser Institute
(2016) The Human Freedom Index. Published by The Cato Institute, The Fraser Institute and the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom. Covers data up to 2014. On www.fraserinstitute.org/.../human-freedom-index-2016..

United Nations
(2011) Human Development Report. This edition had the theme of Sustainability and Equity: A Better Future for All. Published on the United Nation's website at hdr.undp.org/.../HDR_2011_EN_Complete.pdf (accessed throughout 2013, Jan-Mar). UN Development Program: About the Human Development Index.
(2013) Human Development Report. This edition had the theme of The Rise of the South: Human Progress in a Diverse World. Published on the United Nation's HDR website at hdr.undp.org/.../hdr2013/ (accessed throughout 2013). UN Development Program: About the Human Development Index.

World Bank
Research and Development and a Percent of GDP PPP. Data from databank.worldbank.org. Accessed 2016 Sep 29.

Footnotes

  1. World Bank data on data.worldbank.org accessed 2013 Nov 04.^
  2. UN (2011) .^
  3. UN (2013) .^
  4. International Standards Organisation (ISO) standard ISO3166-1, on www.iso.org, accessed 2013 May 01.^
  5. Top level domains (TLDs) are managed by the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) on www.iana.org.^
  6. According to ISO4217.^
  7. According to ITU-T.^
  8. CIA (2013) https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/aj.html accessed 2014 Apr 27.^
  9. Pew Forum (2012) publication "The Global Religious Landscape: A Report on the Size and Distribution of the World´s Major Religious Groups as of 2010" (2012 Dec 18) accessed 2013 May 01.^
  10. CIA (2013) https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/ar.html accessed 2014 Apr 27.^
  11. ADL (2014) . Lower is better.^
  12. Charities Aid Foundation . Average ranking across years 2013-2016. Lower is better.^
  13. Fraser Institute, the (2016) . Covers data for 2014.^
  14. OECD (2016) data for year 2014.^
  15. World Bank data for year 2013.^
  16. World Bank data for year 2012.^
  17. World Bank data for year 2007.^
  18. World Bank data for year 2009.^
  19. World Bank data for year 2011.^

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