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
Samoa is a fairly unique country. It is the only Polynesian country large enough to be studied, since Tuvalu and Tonga were too small. Many Melanesian countries are similar to Samoa as well since they are also tropical islands that were colonized by either Great Britain, Australia, or New Zealand. This lead to these countries having English as one of their official languages and becoming mostly Protestant Christian.
Top 10 Places Most Similar to Samoa
- Solomon Islands is another country in the Pacific Ocean that was colonized by Germany. However, they left little impact on the islands. They were eventually colonized by Great Britain, so they have mostly Protestants, but also some Catholics.
- Vanuatu is to the west of Samoa. Like the Solomon Islands, it is a Melanesian country. Since it was jointly administered by both Great Britain and France, it has less of a British influence. Like Samoa, Vanuatu has a parliamentary government with an elected head of state. In addition, both countries do not have much agricultural land, except for coconut trees.
- Fiji is to the west of Samoa. Both countries have two mountainous main islands with similar flora and fauna. Fiji and Samoa also have about the same standard of living and their diets are alike as well. However, Fiji has a large percentage of people with Indian ancestry and many follow Hinduism.
- Papua New Guinea is another country that had been a German colony before World War I. While Papua New Guinea became a territory of Australia after World War II, Samoa was a territory of New Zealand. The country is less developed than Samoa but both are rural, mountainous, and tropical.
- Belize is the only non-Pacific Ocean country in the top 5. However, it has some huge similarities to Samoa as well. It is another mountainous tropical location that has beautiful beaches. Both also speak English and follow Christianity, although Belize has more Catholics. In addition, their standard of living is similar.
- East Timor, 7. Jamaica, 8. Philippines, 9. Bahamas 10. Malaysia
Top 10 Places Least Similar to Samoa
- Israel is a densely populated country in the Mediterranean. In contrast to the dry climate of Israel, Samoa is made up of lush tropical rainforest. It also has little infrastructure in comparison with Israel. It drives on the right and uses different electrical outlets as well.
- Switzerland is one of the world’s richest countries and has the most millionaires per capita with around 7.5%. In addition, its temperate landlocked geography highly contrasts Samoa’s. Both countries are quite mountainous however. They are also both Christian, although the Swiss are less religious.
- Kuwait is located in the Arabian Desert between Iraq and Saudi Arabia. It is another extremely wealthy country, like Switzerland, but it is Muslim. Its terrain is quite flat and it does not get much rainfall.
- Saudi Arabia is another wealthy Arab country on this list. It has an autocratic government with extremely conservative Muslim policies. Its government also spends a lot of money on its military, while Samoa has little military capability.
- Qatar is a densely populated peninsula adjacent to Saudi Arabia in the Persian Gulf. It is extremely dry and flat. It also has one of the highest GDPs per capita in the world unlike Samoa.
- Germany, 7. Belarus, 8. Russia, 9. France, 10. United Arab Emirates
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