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 Arab countries
Egypt is similar to many countries in the Middle East and North Africa. These countries generally speak Arabic with a majority of their population being Sunni Muslim. These countries also have a similar climate, since they are mostly sparsely populated deserts.
The five least similar countries to Egypt happen to be all countries located on islands. Four of the five are in the Pacific Ocean. They also have better developed infrastructure and more democratic governments. Their climates all have far more rainfall than Egypt as well.
Top 10 Places Most Similar to Egypt
- Jordan is another Arab country that was occupied by Great Britain. Both countries feature many ancient ruins. They also 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, while Jordan is a constitutional democracy.
- Syria was actually part of Egypt for three years between 1958 and 1961, as part of the United Arab Republic. The countries have often coordinated military activity to fight Israel. Syria and Egypt are also extremely similar religiously, as both are about 90% Muslim and 10% Christian. Both countries have unstable governments.
- Libya is Egypt’s neighbor to its west, so it shares very similar geography and infrastructure. Both countries use the same electrical grid and use oil and gas to generate power. The countries have similar conservative Muslim policies. The vast majority of the land in both countries is unpopulated Sahara Desert regions.
- Algeria is another Arab country in North Africa that is largely desert. The countries have the same semi-presidential system of government and also similar Muslim laws. In addition, the countries have a similar level of development. However, Algeria has more of a French influence than Egypt, since it was colonized by France for many years.
- Iraq is similar to Egypt since it is another country that is mostly desert, where most inhabitants live near a major river. Its flag is extremely similar to Syria and Egypt as well, since they were all derived from the Arab liberation flag. However, its demographics are slightly different. It has a majority of Shia Muslims. Furthermore, about 15% of the population in Iraq are Kurds.
- Tunisia, 7. Morocco, 8. Saudi Arabia, 9. Mauritania, 10. Sudan
Top 10 Places Least Similar to Egypt
- Japan is by far the least similar country to Egypt. It is a temperate and mountainous archipelago in the Pacific Ocean. Not only is its geography significantly different, but also its demographics, culture, politics, and technology. There is not much they have in common.
- Bahamas is another country located on an archipelago, but it is located in the Atlantic Ocean. The country has a higher standard of living than Egypt. Its population is mostly Sub-Saharan African in ancestry. While Egypt has a fairly developed train system, the Bahamas does not even have a railroad. Still, both countries have hot climates, although the Bahamas is more densely populated and forested.
- New Zealand is a wet and mountainous archipelago in the Pacific Ocean far away from Egypt. Their infrastructure also is very different since New Zealand uses Type I plugs, drives on the left, and generates most of its electricity through hydropower. In addition, New Zealand is far more liberal than conservative Egypt. However, the majority of people in both countries are considered to be Caucasian.
- Taiwan is yet another country in the Pacific Ocean on this list. Its demographics, culture, and politics are all very different from Egypt. The country is more densely populated and has far more forests. Still, unlike other countries on this list, they both drive on the right side of the road.
- Singapore is far more densely populated and wealthier than Egypt. Although a significant portion of its population is Muslim, the country has more Buddhists and Christians. Like the Bahamas and New Zealand, its official language is English and it has a parliamentary system of government.
- Canada, 7. Solomon Islands, 8. Papua New Guinea, 9. Iceland, 10. Trinidad & Tobago
Full Ranking of Countries and Territories Most Similar to Egypt
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