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 countries on the border between Sub-Saharan Africa and North Africa
The top five countries most similar to Chad are all located in the sparsely populated Sahel region of Africa and have hot desert climates. Four of the five most similar countries were once colonies of France. In addition, their populations are predominately Muslim. Furthermore, these countries also have a particularly low standard of living.
The least similar countries are East Asian countries and former British colonies. The top five countries all have a high standard of living and well developed infrastructure. Chad has one of the lowest average ages in the world, so the five least similar countries all have aging populations with many elderly people. Their climates also tend to get a lot more rainfall.
Top 10 Places Most Similar to Chad
- Niger is another landlocked country located to the west of Chad. The majority of native people of both countries speak Afroasiatic languages, although they are on different branches of the family. Water is scarce in both countries and they get a lot of their water from underground aquifers. Interestingly enough, Niger and Chad both receive weapons from Ukraine. One big difference is that nearly 40% of people in Chad are Christian. Another difference is that it does not use the West African CFA franc, but it does use the extremely similar East African CFA franc, since it was not part of French West Africa.
- Sudan is to the east of Chad. The people of both countries speak varieties of Arabic natively and are predominately Sunni Muslim. Both countries have dealt with political instability. Coups d’état have happened several times in Chad and Sudan. Their agriculture is especially similar as well, since both countries grow mostly sorghum and millet. The biggest difference is that Sudan was once ruled by Britain, not France, so it does not use French as a lingua franca. They also use a different electrical outlet.
- Mauritania is another predominately Arabic-speaking country that was once colonized by France, although French is no longer an official language there. Both countries are quite sparsely populated and dry, although Mauritania is not landlocked. However, the people of Mauritanian have more Caucasian ancestry, and less Sub-Saharan African ancestry than in Chad. It also has a higher standard of living.
- Mali is another landlocked Muslim country in Africa that is mostly desert but also has some areas with tropical savannas. The countries also have similar flora and fauna. Furthermore, Chad and Mali are two of the least literate countries in the world and have few college graduates. Still, Chad has a higher percentage of Christians than Mali.
- Burkina Faso is yet another former french colony on this list. Both countries grow millet and sorghum, although Burkina Faso has a much higher percentage of agricultural land and a lower percentage of barren landscape. Furthermore, the most common meat they eat is beef. Both countries are predominately Muslim, but also have significant Christian populations as well.
- Central African Republic, 7. Cameroon, 8. Senegal, 9. Togo, 10. Benin
Top 10 Places Least Similar to Chad
- Japan and Chad are two of the least similar countries in the world. Its geography is especially different, since it is a mountainous archipelago with a temperate climate and a lot of rainfall. Its demographics, culture, and technology are also quite different. While Chad drives on the left and uses Type C electrical outlets, Japan drives on the right side and uses Type A, B outlets. There isn’t much in common between the two, except that the average height and weight of their people are similar.
- Taiwan‘s climate is hotter than Japan, but its climate is still much wetter than Chad. The diet of Taiwanese people is especially different from Chad, since they eat more fruits, meat, and rice. The mountainous island has little in common with Chad, other than being located at a similar latitude.
- New Zealand is another mountainous, archipelago in the Pacific Ocean, in contrast to Chad’s relatively flat and landlocked desert landscape. Like Japan and Taiwan, it is much wealthier and more developed. Its parliamentary government is much more democratic than Chad, which had been ruled by an authoritarian dictator for many years.
- United Kingdom is another English-speaking island on this list. It is far more densely populated than Chad and its climate is colder and wetter. Its people are also far less outgoing than those in Chad. the UK’s infrastructure is also far more developed.
- South Korea is another East Asian country with little in common with Chad. However it does have a few more things in common than Japan. Similar to Chad, most South Koreans are circumcised. South Korea also drives on the right side of the road and uses Type C electrical outlets. However, their infrastructure is much more developed than Chad.
- Canada, 7. Ireland, 8. Norway, 9. Netherlands, 10. United States
Full Ranking of Countries and Territories Most Similar to Chad
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