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 French-speaking tropical African countries
The top five countries most similar to Equatorial Guinea are all countries with French as an official language, although Equatorial Guinea’s primary language is Spanish. They are also all located in the tropical regions of Africa and are heavily forested. The majority of the people in these countries are Christian. Four of the five most similar countries use the same currency: the Central African Franc.
The least similar countries are from a variety of locations, but they are all much wealthier nations with higher standards of living and more democratic governments. Two are located in East Asia, while two others are English-speaking countries.
Top 10 Places Most Similar to Equatorial Guinea
- Gabon borders Equatorial Guinea. It is another heavily forested county. Both countries are reliant on oil revenue for income. Both countries have many people from the Fang ethnic group. They are also mostly Catholic, although Gabon has more Protestants.
- Cameroon is the only other country that borders Equatorial Guinea. Their governments are similar since they are both one-party states. Although Cameroon does not have nearly as many people from the Fang ethnic group, the Beti people there speak a very similar language.
- Republic of Congo is another sparsely populated, heavily forested country in Africa. While both countries are mostly Christian, the Republic of Congo has a higher percentage of Protestants. Both countries mostly use oil to create electricity. However, the Republic of Congo is not as wealthy as Equatorial Guinea.
- Democratic Republic of Congo was a Belgian colony, so unlike the other top countries on this list, it uses a different currency than Equatorial Guinea. Both countries have authoritarian dictators as presidents and often hold rigged elections. Although both countries are heavily forested, Democratic Republic of Congo has a higher percentage of tropical savannas. In contrast to Equatorial Guinea, little of the country is close to the coast. It also relies on hydropower to create electricity, not oil.
- Central African Republic is a landlocked country to the east of Equatorial Guinea and Cameroon. Both countries are mostly Christian, although Central African Republic has more Muslims. It is mostly tropical savanna, not tropical forest like Equatorial Guinea. Both countries have also received weapons from Ukraine. The assault riffles and battle tanks both countries have are Russian in origin.
- Ivory Coast, 7. Rwanda, 8. Burundi, 9. Togo, 10. Angola
Top 10 Places Least Similar to Equatorial Guinea
- Japan is by far the least similar country to Equatorial Guinea. Its demographics, culture, politics, and technology are significantly different. There isn’t much in common between the two, except that both countries have a lot of forested area and most of their land is close to the coast. While Japan has one of the most well developed railroad systems in the world, Equatorial Guinea does not even have a railroad.
- New Zealand is yet another archipelago in the Pacific Ocean with little similarity to Equatorial Guinea. It is one of the most democratic countries in the world in contrast to Equatorial Guinea’s authoritarian dictatorship. It also uses the parliamentary system of government.
- United Kingdom is another English-speaking country to make this list. This densely populated island is far different from Equatorial Guinea. Although they are at about the same longitude, the United Kingdom is much further north and its climate is much colder. It is also more densely populated and much of its land is devoted to agriculture. The country also drives on the left and uses Type G electrical outlets, unlike Equatorial Guinea.
- South Korea has more in common with Equatorial Guinea than Japan does, since many of its people are Christian, although they are less religious. Furthermore, it drives on the right side of the road and uses a similar electrical outlet. Still, Korean is completely unrelated linguistically to languages in Equatorial Guinea and uses a different system of writing.
- Israel is on the African tectonic plate and most of its land is close to the coast, but there is little else the country has in common with Israel. Its people are mostly Jewish and the country uses a different writing system, the Hebrew alphabet. It is also densely populated and has a much lower percentage of forested land.
- Australia, 7. Canada, 8. Iceland, 9. Taiwan, 10. Netherlands
Full Ranking of Countries and Territories Most Similar to Equatorial Guinea
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