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 Latin American countries that are similar to Ecuador. The top 5 countries are mostly Catholic, speak Spanish, and are neither especially poor, nor especially rich.
Top 10 Places Most Similar to Ecuador
- Peru 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 also have mandatory military service and legalized prostitution. However, Ecuador has a bigger percentage of Africans than Peru.
- Colombia and Ecuador were part of one country, until 1830. Ecuador’s flag is nearly identical to Colombia, except that it has a coat of arms on it. One difference is that Ecuador’s demographics are slightly different since it has more indigenous people.
- Honduras is the highest Central American country on this list. Both countries have a tropical climate and are quite mountainous. In addition, they have fairly similar demographics and standards of living. However, their diets are different since the main staple food in Honduras is corn, while Ecuadorians eat more wheat, rice, and potatoes.
- Bolivia like Ecuador and Peru, has a significant amount of Quechuan speaking people. Both countries have outlawed life in prison and prioritize nature over economic development. Their demographics are slightly different since Ecuador has a larger percentage of Africans than Bolivia. Furthermore, Bolivia is landlocked.
- Costa Rica is especially similar to Ecuador in regards to technology. Both have 3′ 6″ gauge railroad track, but their railroads are not heavily used. They also have Type A, B electrical outlets and use 911 as their emergency number due to American influence. However, Costa Rica has a higher standard of living than Ecuador.
- Panama, 7. Guatemala, 8. El Salvador, 9. Nicaragua, 10. Venezuela
Top 10 Places Least Similar to Ecuador
- Qatar is a peninsula in the Persian Gulf, connected to Saudi Arabia. Its landscape is quite dry and flat in contrast to Ecuador. It also has one of the highest GDPs per capita in the world. In addition, Qatar’s government is a monarchy, not a democracy.
- Kuwait is located in the Arabian Desert between Iraq and Saudi Arabia. It is another wealthy, developed, and highly urbanized Muslim country. Like Qatar, its terrain is quite flat and it does not get much rainfall.
- Bahrain is a small, densely populated, and highly developed island, close to Qatar and Kuwait. Its climate is extremely dry, in contrast to the tropical rainforests of Ecuador. Furthermore, the country is mostly Muslim.
- Somalia and Ecuador are both on the Equator, however Somalia has a much drier climate. Somalia is far poorer and less developed than Ecuador. While college is free in Ecuador, in Somalia, even primary school is not free. Ecuador has a single-payer healthcare system, while healthcare is not guaranteed in Somalia. Like other countries on this list it is predominately Muslim.
- 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 Ecuador. Furthermore, since United Arab Emirates has many male immigrants working on their many new construction projects, it has far less females than males.
- Japan, 7. Denmark, 8. Israel, 9. Singapore, 10. South Korea
Full Ranking of Countries and Territories Most Similar to Ecuador
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