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 island nations in the South Pacific
The Solomon Islands is quite a unique country, although it does have a few similar similar countries in its vicinity. The top 4 have English as one of their official languages, although these countries have a wide variety of native languages. In addition, these countries are mostly Christian.
Top 10 Places Most Similar to the Solomon Islands
- Papua New Guinea is just to the west of the Solomon Islands. It is another Commonwealth realm nation, which still has the Queen of the United Kingdom as its head of state. Both countries have English as one of their official languages and are predominately Protestant. Their technology is similar as well since both drive on the left and use Type I electrical outlets.
- Vanuatu is another archipelago to the southeast of the Solomon Islands. Both countries are inhabited by Melanesian people that speak Austronesian languages and are mostly Protestant. 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.
- Samoa is in Polynesia, unlike the Solomon Islands. However, it still has many similarities due to its climate shared Anglosphere influence. While the Solomon Islands was a territory of Great Britain, Samoa was a territory of New Zealand.
- Fiji is another former British colony in Melanesia. However, Fiji is unique since a large proportion of its population came from India, as indentured workers. It is more religiously diverse as a result, since it has significant amounts of Hindus and Muslims.
- East Timor, unlike other countries on this list, was a colony of Portugal, not Great Britain. Therefore, it is mostly Catholic and does not have English as one of its official languages. Still, it has a similar climate and demographics.
- Belize 7. Zambia, 8. Liberia, 9. Indonesia, 10. Sierra Leone
Top 10 Places Least Similar to the Solomon Islands
- Israel is a densely populated country in the Mediterranean. In contrast to the dry climate of Israel, the Solomon Islands is one of the wettest countries on Earth. While the Solomon Islands has little infrastructure, Israel is highly developed. It also 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 contrasts the Solomon Islands. Both countries are quite mountainous however.
- Germany is another European country similar to Switzerland. It has little demographic, technological, or climatic similarity to the Solomon Islands. However, Germany does have many Protestants, even though they are far less religious.
- Belgium‘s geography is especially dissimilar to the Solomon Islands. It is quite densely populated and highly urbanized. In addition, it is fairly flat and does not have a lot of coastline. However, one aspect they do share is that they are both countries are constitutional monarchies.
- France is yet another country in West Europe on this list. Unlike in Germany, Switzerland, and Belgium, the French do not speak a Germanic language. France also has few Protestants. While, France has a high percentage of agricultural land, the Solomon Islands has little agricultural land and a far greater percentage of forest cover.
- Russia, 7. Finland, 8. Netherlands, 9. Belarus, 10. United States
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