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 some of the poorer Arab countries
Yemen 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. They also have a similar climate, since they are mostly sparsely populated deserts. Four of the five most similar countries have been affected by civil war. They are also some of the least affluent Arab countries.
The five least similar countries to Yemen are all East Asian or former British colonies, although part of Yemen also had once been a British colony. The least similar countries all border the Pacific Ocean as well. These countries have far better infrastructure and more stable governments than Yemen. Their climates all have more average rainfall as well.
Top 10 Places Most Similar to Yemen
- Sudan is another country that borders the Red Sea. Like Yemen, it was also once a British colony. A vast majority of the people in both countries are farmers and they primarily grow sorghum. Both of their governments are extremely conservative and have endured recent coups d’etat. However, Sudan is in Africa and the ancestry of its people is more similar to Sub-Saharan Africa.
- Iraq is another Arab country that has a mix of Sunni and Shia Muslims. Like Sudan and Yemen, it had once been a British colony. As a result, both countries adopted both Type D & G electrical outlets. Although both have suffered from recent war, Iraq’s infrastructure is more developed.
- Jordan is another Arab country that borders the Red Sea. Both countries are fairly mountainous. The countries have a similar climate as well. However, Jordan has a higher standard of living than Yemen and its government is more stable.
- Mauritania is quite distant from Yemen, since it borders the Atlantic Ocean, not the Indian. Nevertheless, like Yemen, it is in the transitional zone between the Arab world and Sub-Saharan Africa. Both countries are sparsely populated deserts and have a small percentage of agricultural land, where they mostly grow sorghum. However, like Sudan, the ancestry of its people is more similar to Sub-Saharan Africans.
- Libya also has different areas of the country ruled by different factions. Both countries use a mix of oil and gas to produce electricity. However, Libya has more abundant natural resources than Yemen, so it is more prosperous. As a result, the infrastructure in Libya is far more developed and it is has far more cars per capita than Yemen. Still, both countries do not have a railroad in operation.
- Egypt, 7. Syria, 8. Saudi Arabia, 9. Oman, 10. Chad
Top 10 Places Least Similar to Yemen
- Japan is by far the least similar country to Yemen. There is very little these countries have in common. In fact, it was the least similar in demographics, culture, and infrastructure. It is less religious and uses an unrelated system of writing.
- New Zealand is another rainy archipelago in the Pacific Ocean far away from Yemen. Their infrastructure also is very different as New Zealand uses Type I plugs, drives on the left. In addition, New Zealand’s government is less corrupt and far more liberal.
- South Korea is close to Japan. It is one of the most well educated countries in the world and has the highest percentage of college graduates. There is very little it has in common with Yemen.
- Canada is one of the coldest countries in the world, with lots of lakes and freshwater, in contrast to Yemen. Most of its electricity comes from hydropower, unlike fossil fuel dependent Yemen. Furthermore, Canada uses a different electrical voltage and its grid coverage is more developed.
- Taiwan is another densely populated Asian country on this list. Like Japan and South Korea, its demographics and culture are quite different from Somalia. Its infrastructure is far more developed as well. Both countries have a hot climate, but Yemen is much drier.
- Netherlands, 7. Finland, 8. Denmark, 9. Singapore, 10. Sweden
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