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 island nations in the South Pacific
The Solomon Islands is quite a unique country, although it does have a few similar similar countries in its vicinity. The top 4 have English as one of their official languages, although these countries have a wide variety of native languages. In addition, these countries are mostly Christian.
The five least similar countries to Solomon Islands are fairly disimilar from each other. Two are located in the Middle East, while the three others are in Northern Europe. All of them have a higher standard of living than the Solomon Islands.
Top 10 Places Most Similar to the Solomon Islands
- Vanuatu is another archipelago to the southeast of the Solomon Islands. Both countries are inhabited by Melanesian people that speak Austronesian languages and are mostly Protestant. However, since it was jointly administered by both Great Britain and France, it has less of a British influence, so it drives on the right and is not a constitutional monarchy.
- Papua New Guinea is just to the west of the Solomon Islands. It is another Commonwealth realm nation, which still has the Queen of the United Kingdom as its head of state. Both countries have English as one of their official languages and are predominately Protestant. Their technology is similar as well since both drive on the left and use Type I electrical outlets.
- Samoa is in Polynesia, unlike the Solomon Islands. However, it still has many similarities due to its climate shared Anglosphere influence. While the Solomon Islands was a territory of Great Britain, Samoa was a territory of New Zealand.
- Fiji is another former British colony in Melanesia. However, Fiji is unique since a large proportion of its population came from India, as indentured workers. It is more religiously diverse as a result, since it has significant amounts of Hindus and Muslims. However, it has a higher percentage of farmland and a lower percentage of forested land than the Solomon Islands.
- East Timor, unlike other countries on this list, was a colony of Portugal, not Great Britain. Therefore, it is mostly Catholic and does not have English as one of its official languages. Still, it has a similar climate and demographics.
- Liberia 7. Philippines, 8. Zambia, 9. Madagascar, 10. Belize
Top 10 Places Least Similar to the Solomon Islands
- Israel is a densely populated country in the Mediterranean. In contrast to the dry climate of Israel, the Solomon Islands is one of the wettest countries on Earth. While the Solomon Islands has little infrastructure, Israel is highly developed. It also drives on the right and uses different electrical outlets as well.
- Germany is a European country. It has little demographic, technological, or climatic similarity to the Solomon Islands. However, Germany does have many Protestants, even though they are far less religious. Both countries also use the Latin alphabet.
- Belarus is another country in Northern Europe. However, it is quite different than Germany. Its government is far less democratic than the Solomon Islands. Furthermore, the country’s climate is quite cold. It is also landlocked and quite flat with a low percentage of forested land, in contrast to the Solomon Islands.
- Saudi Arabia has an authoritarian government like Belarus. Its laws are also more conservative than the Solomon Islands. It does not allow alcohol or gambling. Furthermore, its desert landscape is barren and has little vegetation.
- Luxembourg is a small, landlocked country between Germany and France. It is mostly Catholic. It is also one of the wealthiest countries in the world. However, one similarity is that they are both parliamentary democracies that still have monarchs as their head of state.
- Russia, 7. Belgium, 8. Netherlands, 9. Japan, 10. Ukraine
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