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 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 Pacific Island nations and former British colonies in tropical regions
Fiji is quite a unique country. It is by far the most developed country in Melanesia. In addition, around 40% of its population has Indian ancestry, since they were brought to the island by the British to serve as indentured servants.
Top 10 Places Most Similar to Fiji
- Samoa is to the east of Fiji. Although it is in Polynesia, it still has many similarities due to its shared Anglosphere influence. Their geographies are incredibly similar, since they are both mountainous islands with similar flora and fauna. Fiji and Samoa also have about the same standard of living and their diets are alike as well.
- Vanuatu is to the west of Fiji. Like Fiji, it is also inhabited by Melanesians. However, since it was jointly administered by both Great Britain and France, it has less of a British influence, so it drives on the right and is not a constitutional monarchy.
- Solomon Islands is even further to the west of Fiji. It is another Commonwealth realm nation, like Samoa and Fiji. Although the Solomon Islands poorer than Fiji, their technology is similar as well since both drive on the left, use Type I electrical outlets, and rely on oil to generate electricity. It also uses 911 as their emergency number, unlike Samoa and Vanuatu.
- Papua New Guinea is another former British colony in Melanesia. However, it is poorer and far less developed than Fiji. It is also a much larger island, so less of the land is near the coast.
- Trinidad & Tobago is the only non-Pacific Ocean country in the top 5. However, it has some huge similarities to Fiji, since it has a mix of Protestants and followers of Hinduism. Just like Fiji, a large number of indentured servants from India were brought to the tropical island by the British in the 19th Century. However, unlike Fiji, the rest of the population is made up of people with African ancestry.
- Mauritius, 7. Belize, 8. Jamaica, 9. Guyana, 10. Suriname
Top 10 Places Least Similar to Fiji
- Yemen is located on the Red Sea. It is an Muslim country that, unlike other countries on the Arabian Peninsula, has little development of its infrastructure, in part due to an ongoing civil war. In addition, it climate is far drier than Fiji’s.
- Sudan is an impoverished Muslim country in the Sahara Desert. It is another war torn nation that recently lost some territory to the newly formed country of South Sudan. While both Sudan and Fiji do technically have English as one of their official languages, English is not widely spoken in Sudan.
- Afghanistan is a landlocked Muslim country that has less developed infrastructure than Fiji. Furthermore, the technology that Afghanistan has is different from Fiji since it drives on the right, uses Russian broad gauge railroad tracks, and has Type C, F electrical outlets with a different voltage.
- Mauritania, like Sudan, is located in the Sahara Desert, but it is on the Atlantic coast. It is another relatively impoverished Muslim country, with little demographic or cultural similarity to Fiji.
- Saudi Arabia is another Arab country on this list, however unlike the others, it is far richer than Fiji. It also has an autocratic government with extremely conservative Muslim policies. Furthermore, its government spends a lot of money on its military, while Fiji has little military capability.
- Eritrea, 7. Kuwait, 8. Switzerland, 9. Japan, 10. Chad
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