By Vexen Crabtree 2013
|Bosnia & Herzegovina|
|Social and Moral Index||73rd best|
|Land Area||51 000 km21|
|Location||Europe, Mediterranean, The Balkans|
|Population||3.744 million (2011)2|
|Life Expectancy||76.63yrs (2017)3|
|GNI||$10 091 (2017)4|
|ISO3166-1 Codes||BA, BIH, 705|
“Bosnia and Herzegovina's declaration of sovereignty in October 1991 was followed by a declaration of independence from the former Yugoslavia on 3 March 1992 after a referendum boycotted by ethnic Serbs. The Bosnian Serbs - supported by neighboring Serbia and Montenegro - responded with armed resistance aimed at partitioning the republic along ethnic lines and joining Serb-held areas to form a "Greater Serbia." In March 1994, Bosniaks and Croats reduced the number of warring factions from three to two by signing an agreement creating a joint Bosniak/Croat Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina. On 21 November 1995, in Dayton, Ohio, the warring parties initialed a peace agreement that brought to a halt three years of interethnic civil strife (the final agreement was signed in Paris on 14 December 1995). The Dayton Peace Accords retained Bosnia and Herzegovina's international boundaries and created a multi-ethnic and democratic government charged with conducting foreign, diplomatic, and fiscal policy. Also recognized was a second tier of government composed of two entities roughly equal in size: the Bosniak/Bosnian Croat Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Bosnian Serb-led Republika Srpska (RS). The Federation and RS governments are responsible for overseeing most government functions. Additionally, the Dayton Accords established the Office of the High Representative (OHR) to oversee the implementation of the civilian aspects of the agreement. The Peace Implementation Council (PIC) at its conference in Bonn in 1997 also gave the High Representative the authority to impose legislation and remove officials, the so-called "Bonn Powers." An original NATO-led international peacekeeping force (IFOR) of 60,000 troops assembled in 1995 was succeeded over time by a smaller, NATO-led Stabilization Force (SFOR). In 2004, European Union peacekeeping troops (EUFOR) replaced SFOR. Currently EUFOR deploys around 600 troops in theater in a policing capacity.”
CIA's The World Factbook (2013)9
|UN HDI (2016)10|
Lower is better10
|81||Bosnia & Herzegovina||81|
|Social and Moral Development|
|73||Bosnia & Herzegovina||60.6|
|78||St Kitts & Nevis||59.6|
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 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).
|Life Expectancy (2015)11|
Higher is better11
|52||Bosnia & Herzegovina||76.63|
|56||Antigua & Barbuda||76.24|
|Fertility Rate (2013)12|
Lower is better12
|3||St Vincent & Grenadines||2.01|
|116||Bosnia & Herzegovina||1.13|
|128||Bosnia & Herzegovina||3.744m||73|
|Old-Age Dependency Ratio (2016)13|
Lower is better13
|166||Bosnia & Herzegovina||37.3|
Bosnia & Herzegovina's population is predicted to fall to 3 473 000 by 2030, decreasing the burden on the planet's resources. Developed countries with falling populations face a pension's crises, whereby an incresingly ageing population must be cared for by fewer and fewer workers. Economic stability can be maintained by increasing foreign workers from younger countries. This country has a fertility rate of 1.13. 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.
|Female Vote and Stand|
|80||Bosnia & Herzegovina||1949|
|Gender Inequality (2015)14|
Lower is better14
|35||Bosnia & Herzegovina||0.16|
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.
Bosnia & Herzegovina is notable for its equality between the sexes.
|How Many Are Religious?|
|45||Bosnia & Herzegovina||77%|
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 below15:
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 97.9% of the populace say they belong to a religion, only 77% 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 40%, Orthodox 31%, Roman Catholic 15%, other 14%16.
|Internet Users (2016)17|
Higher is better17
|76||Bosnia & Herzegovina||62%|
|79||St Vincent & Grenadines||60%|
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.
|Adolescent Birth Rate (2015)14|
Lower is better14
|27||Bosnia & Herzegovina||8.6|
|Alcohol Consumption (2010)18|
Lower is better18
|116||Sao Tome & Principe||7.1|
|118||Bosnia & Herzegovina||7.1|
|Immunizations 2011-2015 (2015)19|
Higher is better19
|133||Bosnia & Herzegovina||88.0|
Lower is better20
|52||Bosnia & Herzegovina||32|
(World Position, 2013-2016)21
Lower is better21
|125||Bosnia & Herzegovina||107|
|Personal, Civil and Economic Freedom (2014)22|
Lower is better22
|54||Bosnia & Herzegovina||54|
|Global Peace Index (2012)23|
Lower is better23
|65||Bosnia & Herzegovina||1.92|
|Research and Development|
|Country||% RDP PPP|
Higher is better
|77||Bosnia & Herzegovina||0.33||26|
|Nominal Commitment to HR (2009)28|
Higher is better28
|24||Bosnia & Herzegovina||21|
|Press Freedom (2013)29|
Lower is better29
|64||Central African Rep.||2661|
|67||Bosnia & Herzegovina||2686|
|Life Satisfaction (2011)30|
Higher is better30
|106||Bosnia & Herzegovina||4.7|
|Gross National Income Per-Capita (2011)11|
Higher is better11
|103||Bosnia & Herzegovina||$10 091|
|106||St Lucia||$9 791|
|Environmental Performance (2010)31|
Higher is better31
|97||Bosnia & Herzegovina||55.9|
|LGBT Equality (2013)32|
Higher is better32
|69||Bosnia & Herzegovina||25|
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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%.
(2013) World Factbook. The USA Government's Central Intelligence Agency (USA CIA) publishes The World Factbook, and the online version is frequently updated.
(2017) "What is the Best Country in the World? An Index of Morality, Conscience and Good Life" (2017). Accessed 2017 May 24.
(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.
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..
(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.
(2017) Human Development Report. Published by the UN Development Programme. Data for 2015. Analysis conducted by the UN Development Report Office. Available on hdr.undp.org/..
World Health Organisation. (WHO)
(2014) Global Status Report on Alcohol and Health. A copy can be found on the WHO website. Accessed 2015 Jan 04. It "presents a comprehensive perspective on the global, regional and country consumption of alcohol, patterns of drinking, health consequences and policy responses in Member States" and was published in Geneva on 2014 May 12.
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