Which Countries are Most Similar to Yemen?

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 war-torn Muslim countries

Yemen is similar to many countries in the Middle East and North Africa. These countries generally speak Arabic with a majority of their population being Muslim. They also have a similar climate, since they are mostly sparsely populated deserts. Yemen is especially similar to the poorest countries in this area, which have political unrest and are often at war.

Top 10 Places Most Similar to Yemen

  1. Sudan is another country that borders the Red Sea. Like Yemen, it was also once a British colony. A vast majority of the people in both countries are farmers and they primarily grow sorghum. Both of their governments are extremely conservative and have endured recent coups d’etat. However, Sudan is in Africa and the ancestry of its people is more similar to Sub-Saharan Africa.
  2. Mauritania is quite distant from Yemen, since it borders the Atlantic Ocean, not the Indian. Nevertheless, like Yemen, it is in the transitional zone between the Arab world and Sub-Saharan Africa. Both countries are sparsely populated deserts and have a small percentage of agricultural land, where they mostly grow sorghum. The diet of Mauritanians and Yemenis is quite similar since they eat mostly wheat-based foods, with beef, lamb, chicken, and fish. However, like Sudan, the ancestry of its people is more similar to Sub-Saharan Africans.
  3. Iraq is another Arab country that has a mix of Sunni and Shia Muslims. Like Sudan and Yemen, it had once been a British colony. As a result, both countries adopted both Type D & G electrical outlets. Although both have suffered from recent war, Iraq’s infrastructure is more developed.
  4. Syria, like Yemen, is suffering from an ongoing civil war. It is similar to Iraq, although it was not been a British colony. Egypt, North Yemen, and Syria had all once been part of United Arab States and have similar flags. Both have authoritarian governments and have similar conservative Muslim laws.
  5. Libya also has different areas of the country ruled by different factions. Both countries use a mix of oil and gas to produce electricity. However, Libya has more abundant natural resources than Yemen, so it is more prosperous. As a result, the infrastructure in Libya is far more developed and it is has far more cars per capita than Yemen. Still, both countries do not have a railroad in operation.
  6. Somalia, 7. Chad, 8. Egypt, 9. Afghanistan, 10. Palestine

Top 10 Places Least Similar to Yemen

  1. Netherlands is a densely populated, extremely flat country, in contrast to the sparsely populated and mountainous Yemen. Furthermore, while Yemen has very conservative laws, Netherlands is one of the most liberal countries. In addition, the average personality of its people far less outgoing and less reactive than Yemenis, according to to the Lewis Model.
  2. Switzerland is one of the world’s most peaceful countries, so it is appropriate that is one of the least similar countries to Yemen. Switzerland also has one of the world’s most robust train networks, while Yemen doesn’t even have a railroad. One interesting similarity is that both countries have many guns per capita and less stringent gun control laws.
  3. New Zealand is a rainy archipelago in the Pacific Ocean far away from Yemen. Their infrastructure also is very different as New Zealand uses Type I plugs, drives on the left. In addition, New Zealand’s government is less corrupt and more democratic.
  4. Canada is one of the coldest countries in the world, with lots of lakes and freshwater, in contrast to Yemen. Most of its electricity comes from hydropower, unlike Yemen. Furthermore, Canada uses a different electrical voltage and its grid coverage is more developed.
  5. Denmark is another extremely flat country with a temperate climate, just like the Netherlands, however its population is not as dense. While the Danish are one of the tallest groups of people, Yemenis tend to be very short, in part due to famines during the civil war.
  6. Finland, 7. Germany, 8. Belgium, 9. Japan, 10. Norway

Full Ranking of Countries and Territories Most Similar to Yemen

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