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 former British colonies in tropical locations
Few countries are similar to Trinidad & Tobago. The top 5 countries were colonies of Great Britain. Some of the other countries in the West Indies, like Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, would be in contention for this list, but they are too small in population and land area to have enough reliable data for this project.
Top 10 Places Most Similar to Trinidad & Tobago
- Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago were briefly part of one country, the West Indies Federation, between 1958 and 1962. They have a similar diet consisting mostly of wheat, rice, chicken, and seafood, although Jamaica eats more yams. Trinidad also has a much higher population of Indians than Jamaica. So although its population is mostly Christian, about 20% practice Hinduism, unlike Jamaica.
- Bahamas has similar demographics to Jamaica, so it has less Indians and religious diversity. The Bahamas and Trinidad & Tobago are the two wealthiest countries per capita in the Western Hemisphere, besides the United States and Canada. They have a similar standard of living. Both countries use Type A,B electrical outlets, despite being former British colonies, but they both do drive on the left.
- Guyana is located in South America, but it has the most similar demographics and culture to Trinidad & Tobago. There are some big differences as well since Guyana is far less wealthy and much less densely populated.
- Belize is on the mainland of North America, but it has a similar tropical climate and beautiful beaches like Trinidad & Tobago. Although most people in both countries speak English, a significant portion of the population in Belize speaks Spanish. It also has a much greater percentage of Catholics.
- Mauritius is quite a distance away from Trinidad & Tobago, since it is in the Indian Ocean. Although most people in Mauritius do not speak English natively, it is commonly used in official settings there, along with French. Despite these differences, the countries still have some significant aspects in common. Both countries are tropical islands that were once British colonies. They have a mix of people with Indian and African ancestry. In addition, they are religiously diverse since they have large percentages of Hindus, Christians, and Muslims.
- Suriname, 7. Panama, 8. Dominican Republic, 9. Fiji, 10. Costa Rica
Top 10 Places Least Similar to Trinidad & Tobago
- Afghanistan is a landlocked, conservative Muslim country that is far less wealthy than Trinidad & Tobago. Furthermore, the technology in Afghanistan is different from Trinidad & Tobago since it drives on the right, uses Russian broad gauge railroad tracks, and Type C, F electrical outlets with a different voltage. Afghanistan also relies on hydropower for electricity, while Trinidad & Tobago relies on gas.
- Eritrea is the only country on this list with a majority Christian population. However, they are mostly Oriental Orthodox. Its government has been a dictatorship for almost 20 years, while Trinidad & Tobago is more democratic.
- Sudan is next to Eritrea. It is located in the Sahara Desert. It is yet another conservative Muslim country on this list. In addition, its government is lead by the military, following a recent coup. However, both countries were under British administration in the past.
- Yemen is in the Arabian Desert. Like Sudan, it is extremely poor and warn torn due to Civil War. It is another Muslim country with little demographic, cultural, or technological similarity to Trinidad & Tobago.
- Somalia‘s governmental policies, influenced by its Muslim population, are extremely conservative, compared to more liberal Trinidad & Tobago. In addition, the countries are on opposite ends of the precipitation scale since Somalia is quite dry.
- North Korea, 7. Mauritania, 8. Laos, 9. Djibouti, 10. China
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