Which Countries are Most Similar to Kenya?

Have you ever wondered how similar or different two countries are? The Country Similarity Index attempts to quantify how similar countries are to each other relative to other countries. The index is a statistically-based objective way to measure this. The index weights equally five major aspects of countries: their demographics, culture, politics, technology, and geography. In addition each aspect was roughly balanced evenly between quantity/percentage and quality/type. See this post for a full explanation: https://objectivelists.home.blog/2020/05/30/country-similarity-index/

Similar to other former British colonies in Africa

The top 5 countries most similar to Kenya are all African countries that are former British colonies and have English as one of their official languages. Due this influence they all use Type G electrical outlets and drive on the left (with the exception of Nigeria), among other aspects.

Top 10 Places Most Similar to Kenya

  1. Tanzania was originally a German colony, until World War I, when it became a British colony. Like Kenya, it has both English and Swahili as its official language. Both border the Indian Ocean and have a similar climate. However, the percentage of Muslims is higher in Tanzania.
  2. Zambia is another former British colony. Zambia is especially similar politically to Kenya. Both are part of the COMESA free trade area. Their legal systems are both based on common law as well. They are also both democratic hybrid regimes with a low degree of rule of law.
  3. Uganda along with Kenya was administered by the British East Africa Company, before it was transferred to the British government in 1894. Like Tanzania and Uganda, it has both English and Swahili as its official language. They also primarily use one meter wide railroad tracks. However, Uganda has more Catholics and far more diverse agricultural products than Kenya.
  4. Zimbabwe is similar to Zambia. It also has a lot of British influence like Kenya. In addition, both countries mostly grow corn and have a similar percentage of agricultural area. However, Zimbabwe has a higher rate of poverty than Kenya.
  5. Nigeria is the only West African country on this list. Their climates are quite similar, with both countries have significant hot, semi-arid areas, but also areas with rainforest. However, Nigeria’s agriculture is mostly cassava and yams, while Kenya’s is mostly corn and beans. In addition, Nigeria has more Muslims.
  6. Malawi, 7. Ghana, 8. South Sudan, 9. Mozambique, 10. Botswana

Top 10 Places Least Similar to Kenya

  1. Japan is by far the least similar country to Kenya. Not only is its geography significantly different, but also its demographics, culture, and technology. There isn’t much in common between the two, except that both drive on the left.
  2. Taiwan is another Asian country located in the Pacific Ocean. Like Japan, its demographics, culture are quite different from Kenya. Taiwan’s infrastructure and standard of living is not as high as Japan, so it lower on this list. 
  3. Denmark is a low-lying peninsula with a lot of coastline, in contrast to Kenya. Although both countries are mostly Protestant, Denmark is less religious. In addition, Kenya’s governmental policies are far more conservative.
  4. South Korea is like Japan and Taiwan. It has little demographic or cultural similarity with Kenya. One thing that does make South Korea more like Kenya than Japan and Taiwan is that it has a much larger Christian population. Furthermore, most males in Kenya and South Korea are circumcised. However, Kenya has a higher prevalence of female circumcision.
  5. Belgium is a densely populated, low-lying country in Europe. Although both Belgium are Kenya are mostly Christian, Kenya has more Protestants than Catholics and is also more religious.
  6. Switzerland, 7. Norway, 8. Netherlands, 9. Luxembourg, 10. Germany

Full Ranking of Countries and Territories Most Similar to Kenya

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