Which Countries are Most Similar to Peru?

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 Latin American countries

There are many countries with a lot of similarity with Peru. Latin American countries are especially similar to Peru since they are generally Catholic, speak Romance languages, and are neither especially poor, nor especially rich.

Top 10 Places Most Similar to Peru

  1. Ecuador is another country located in the Andes Mountains that also has a significant population of Quechuan speakers. In addition, their governments are similar since they are both multi-party democracies with unicameral legislatures. Both countries have mandatory military service and legalized prostitution. However, Ecuador has a bigger percentage of Africans than Peru.
  2. Colombia is also in the Andes Mountains and has large percentage of rainforest. Both countries have a low percentage of agricultural land, but grow coffee and rice. However, Colombia has a larger percentage of Africans and Europeans. In addition, the United States has had a far greater influence on Colombia than Peru.
  3. Bolivia like Peru, has a significant amount of Quechuan speaking people. They were both part of the Incan Empire. Peru and Bolivia also have mostly tropical climates with some mountainous desert areas. Both have both Type A, B and Type C electrical outlets with 220 voltage. They also use the ISDB broadcast standard for their television networks.
  4. Mexico is in North America, but it still shares many similar traits with Peru. The predominant race of both countries is Mestizo. They also have both rainforest and desert areas. In addition, both countries drive on the right and have standard gauge railroads, but their networks are mainly for freight, not passengers. However, the Mexican diet has far more corn in it than Peru.
  5. Panama is similar to Colombia, except it is more densely populated. Peru’s cities do not have many skyscrapers as Panama. In addition, Panama has a much closer relationship with the United States. Still, both countries have similar demographics and culture.
  6. Brazil, 7. Honduras, 8. Venezuela, 9. Paraguay, 10. Costa Rica

Top 10 Places Least Similar to Peru

  1. Bahrain is a small, densely populated, and highly developed island in the Persian Gulf. Its climate is extremely dry, in contrast to the tropical rainforests of Peru. Furthermore, the country is mostly Muslim.
  2. Kuwait is located in the Arabian Desert between Iraq and Saudi Arabia. It is another wealthy, developed, and highly urbanized Muslim country. Its terrain is quite flat and it does not get much rainfall.
  3. Qatar is similar to Bahrain and Kuwait. It is a peninsula in the Persian Gulf, connected to Saudi Arabia. It has one of the highest GDPs per capita in the world in contrast to Peru. In addition, its government is a monarchy, not a democracy.
  4. Japan is an archipelago in the Pacific Ocean. The country has little demographic, technological, or cultural similarity to Peru. However, Japan and Peru are both quite mountainous and have a lot of rainfall.
  5. United Arab Emirates is the fourth country in the Persian Gulf on this list. It is densely populated and has a lot of skyscrapers, unlike Peru. Furthermore, since United Arab Emirates has many male immigrants working on their construction projects, it has far less females than males.
  6. Somalia, 7. Sudan, 8. Saudi Arabia, 9. Oman, 10. Yemen

    Full Ranking of Countries and Territories Most Similar to Peru

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