Which Countries are Most Similar to Jordan?

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 Arab countries

Jordan is similar to many countries in the Middle East and North Africa. These countries generally speak Arabic with a majority of their population being Muslim. These countries also have a similar climate, since they are mostly sparsely populated deserts. It is one of the most average Arab countries, since it is neither especially poor or rich. Its government is still a monarchy, but it does have more democratic elements than some other countries in the region.

Top 10 Places Most Similar to Jordan

  1. Syria is another country in the Levant. After the collapse of the Ottoman Empire, the area was partitioned. While Syria was colonized by France, Jordan was colonized by Britain. Still, the countries have deep historical ties. Their agricultural lands both grow olives and barley. However, due to the on-going civil war there, Syria has significantly more poverty.
  2. Iraq was actually part of Jordan in 1958, when the two countries formed the Arab Federation, however it only lasted 6 months. Both were colonized by Great Britain. This part of the reason why they both use Type D and G electrical outlets. Iraq is also significantly more diverse, since it has more Shi’ites and Kurds.
  3. Saudi Arabia is another Sunni Muslim country next to Jordan. Jordan’s royal family, the Hashemites, once ruled the Kingdom of Hejaz, which comprises both Mecca and Medina, but were taken over by the Saudis in the 1920s. Therefore, Jordan’s demographics are similar to Saudi Arabia. Their currencies both have a hard peg to the US Dollar. However, Jordan’s economy is not nearly as advanced. In addition, its laws are less conservative.
  4. Egypt is another Arab country that was occupied by Great Britain. Both countries border the Red Sea, although Egypt is mostly in Africa. The countries have a similar standard of living. They also share the same electrical grid. Both countries have conservative laws, however Egypt is currently a military dictatorship.
  5. Morocco is another North African country on this list. Both countries are monarchies that are in transition to becoming more democratic. They also have a similar standard of living. Still, there are some significant differences as well. Morocco has a significant population of Berbers. Its people have greater Sub-Saharan African ancestry. In addition, Morocco was colonized by France, not Great Britain.
  6. Libya, 7. Algeria, 8. Palestine, 9. Lebanon, 10. Tunisia

Top 10 Places Least Similar to Jordan

  1. Japan is also technically in Asia, but other than that there is very little similarity. Japan is a mountainous archipelago with a temperate climate in contrast to the dry and nearly landlocked Jordan. Not only is its geography significantly different, but also its demographics, culture, politics, and technology.
  2. Papua New Guinea is another country in the Pacific Ocean, although it is much less developed than Japan and Jordan. In contrast to the deserts of Jordan, it is one of the wettest countries on Earth. It is also Christian, although both countries are fairly religious. In addition, its people are Australo-Melanesians and have relatively little genetic similarity to Arabs.
  3. New Zealand is another wet and extremely mountainous archipelago in the Pacific Ocean far away from Jordan. Their infrastructure also is very different as New Zealand uses Type I plugs, drives on the left. In addition, New Zealand is far more liberal than Jordan.
  4. Iceland is the least similar country in Europe. Iceland uses a lot of energy, created by renewable resources, while Jordan uses little electricity and is mostly powered by natural gas and oil. Furthermore, Iceland is mostly Christian and irreligious, in contrast to Jordan, which is mostly devout Muslims. Iceland’s government is also far more liberal as a result.
  5. Taiwan is yet another densely populated island in the Pacific on this list. Its geography is quite different from Jordan although both countries have high average temperatures. Taiwan’s demographics are vastly different since their population is much older and its birth rate is quite low. Taiwan’s laws are also the most liberal in East Asia. They allow gay marriage, have few restrictions to abortion, and legalized prostitution.
  6. South Korea, 7. Solomon Islands, 8. Haiti, 9. Canada, 10. Switzerland

Full Ranking of Countries and Territories Most Similar to Jordan

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