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. It weighs equally five major aspects of countries: their demographics, culture, politics, infrastructure, and geography. The methodology is exactly the same for each country. The research combines 1,000 different data points to arrive at the conclusions.
Similar to other French-speaking Sub-Saharan African countries
Many African countries are similar to Cameroon. The top 5 countries most similar to Cameroon all were colonized by France and use French as their lingua franca. In addition, 4 of the 5 countries have Christianity as their most common religion. In general, they have a mix of Catholic, Protestant, Muslim, and traditional African religions.
The three least similar countries are all highly developed democratic countries in East Asia. Their demographics and culture are especially different from Cameroon. They are also much more densely populated.
Top 10 Places Most Similar to Cameroon
- Republic of Congo is another former French colony on the Atlantic Ocean. Both are sparsely populated countries with little infrastructure that are mostly covered by tropical forests. In addition, the countries are politically similar since they are both dominated by a single political party. Furthermore, they use the same currency: the Central African CFA Franc. However, the Republic of Congo has a less Muslims than Cameroon.
- Central African Republic borders Cameroon to its east. It is another hot tropical and relatively undeveloped land. Like the Republic of Congo and Cameroon, it also uses the Central African CFA Franc. However, the country is poorer and has a higher homicide rate. It is also landlocked.
- Ivory Coast is yet another former African colony of France on the Atlantic coast, similar to Cameroon. The countries have similar diets, eating cassava and consuming little meat or dairy products. However, one big difference is that a majority of its population is Muslim. Cameroon also relies much more hydropower to create electricity.
- Democratic Republic of Congo was a Belgian colony, but its lingua franca is French too. Both countries are heavily forested with tropical savannas and rainforests. In addition, their governments are similar since they are both one-party states with bicameral legislatures. Both also use 112 as their emergency number.
- Gabon is located direct to the south of Cameroon. Its economy is better than Cameroon, due to large oil reserves in the country. Still the countries have a lot in common as well. Many people in both countries speak Beti languages. Although both are heavily forested, Gabon has more tropical forests and less tropical savannas.
- Togo, 7. Equatorial Guinea, 8. Benin, 9. Guinea, 10. Ghana
Top 10 Places Least Similar to Cameroon
- Japan is by far the least similar country to Cameroon. Not only is its geography significantly different, but also its demographics, culture, and technology. There really is not much in common between the two.
- South Korea is similar to Japan, but it has more in with Cameroon. Many of its people are Christian, like in Cameroon, although they are less religious. Furthermore, it drives on the right side of the road and uses a similar electrical outlet.
- Taiwan is yet another East Asian country with little similarity to Cameroon. Due to its more southern location, its tropical climate makes it lower on the list than Japan and South Korea. Both countries also have a lot of forests, although Taiwan is an island and also more mountainous.
- Israel is technically on the African tectonic plate, but there are few other things that make it similar to Cameroon. Israel’s landscape is more barren and few forested areas, since its climate is much drier. Although both countries predominately follow Abrahamic religions, most Israelis are Jewish, not Christian. They also do not use the Latin alphabet.
- Iceland, like Cameroon, also borders the Atlantic Ocean, but they are extremely different in each of the five major categories: demographics, culture, politics, technology and geography. Although Iceland is mostly Christian, most are Protestant and a significant number are irreligious in contrast to Cameroon. Both countries also use the Latin alphabet.
- Denmark, 7. Netherlands, 8. New Zealand, 9. Canada, 10. United Kingdom
Full Ranking of Countries and Territories Most Similar to Cameroon
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