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United Kingdom
National Successes and Social Failures

By Vexen Crabtree 2004

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UK
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
StatusIndependent State
Social and Moral Index14th best
CapitalLondon
Land Area1 241 930 km2
LocationEurope
Population2 62.8 million
Life Expectancy380.308yrs (2012)
GNI3$32 538
ISO3166-1 Codes4GB, GBR, 826
Internet Domain5.uk
Currency6Pound (GBP)
Telephone7+44

1. UK National and Social Development

UN's Human Development Index
Country2012
score
Average
1980-2010
1Norway95.587.3
2Australia93.888.9
3USA93.787.8
...
24Liechtenstein88.390.4
25Italy88.179.5
26Luxembourg87.580.9
27UK87.580.4
28Czech Rep.87.383.9
29Greece86.078.7
30Brunei85.579.7
31Cyprus84.879.5
32Malta84.777.1
33Andorra84.683.8
34Estonia84.677.5
35Slovakia84.078.6
36Qatar83.476.4
Data Source
Social and Moral Development
CountryScore
1Sweden89.9
2Iceland88.7
3Denmark88.3
...
11Switzerland82.0
12Canada81.7
13Belgium81.4
14UK81.1
15Luxembourg80.8
16Ireland80.4
17Andorra79.4
18Hong Kong77.1
19Estonia76.7
20Japan76.6
21Liechtenstein76.6
22France76.3
23Slovenia75.4
24Spain75.3
Data Source

The United Nations produces an annual Human Development Report which includes the Human Development Index. The factors taken into account include life expectancy, education and schooling and Gross National Income (GNI) amongst many others. The values in the chart are factored by 100.

The Social and Moral Development Index is a formulaic aggregation of many factors. It concentrates on moral issues and human rights, violence, equality, tolerance, freedom and effectiveness in climate change mitigation and environmentalism. A country scores higher for achieving well in those areas, and for sustaining that achievement in the long term. Those countries towards the top of this index can truly said to be setting good examples and leading humankind onwards into a bright, humane, and free future. See: "What is the Best Country in the World? An Index of Morality, Conscience and Good Life" by Vexen Crabtree (2017).

2. Population and Life Expectancy

Life Expectancy (at birth)
1Japan83.6
2Hong Kong83
3Switzerland82.5
...
20Korea, S.80.7
21Ireland80.7
22Germany80.6
23UK80.3
24Belgium80
25Finland80.1
26Luxembourg80.1
27Greece80
Data Source
Fertility Rate
1Korea, N.2.0
2Brunei2.0
3St Vincent & Grenadines2.0
...
17Denmark1.9
18Bahamas1.9
19Finland1.9
20UK1.9
21New Zealand2.1
22Azerbaijan2.2
23Chile1.8
24Bangladesh2.2
Data Source
Population (m=millions)
CountryPeoplePer km2
1China1 353.6m145
2India1 258.35m423
3USA 315.79m35
...
19Thailand 69.89m137
20Congo, DR 69.58m31
21France 63.46m116
22UK 62.8m260
23Italy 60.96m207
24S. Africa 50.74m42
25Myanmar (Burma) 48.72m75
Data Source

The UK's population is predicted to rise to 69.31 million by 2030. This rise is despite a low fertility rate, meaning, that this country is helping to alleviate problems with growing population in neighbouring countries by accepting immigrants, very likely as a requirement of maintaining an active workforce. This country has a fertility rate of 1.87.

The fertility rate is, in simple terms, the average amount of children that each woman has. The higher the figure, the quicker the population is growing, although, to calculate the rate you also need to take into account morbidity, i.e., the rate at which people die. If people live healthy and long lives and morbidity is low, then, 2.0 approximates to the replacement rate, which would keep the population stable. If all countries had such a fertility rate, population growth would end. The actual replacement rate in most developed countries is around 2.1.

3. Gender Equality

Female Vote and Stand
1New Zealand1893
2Australia1902
3Finland1906
...
30St Lucia1924
31Tajikistan1924
32Turkmenistan1927
33UK1928
34S. Africa1930
35Spain1931
36Sri Lanka1931
37Maldives1932
Gender Equality
1Netherlands0.04
2Sweden0.05
3Denmark0.06
...
31New Zealand0.16
32Slovakia0.17
33Croatia0.18
34UK0.21
35China0.21
36Latvia0.22
37Libya0.22
38Bulgaria0.22
Data Source

Gender inequality is not a necessary part of early human development. Although a separation of roles is almost universal due to different strengths between the genders, this does not have to mean that women are subdued, and, such patriarchialism is not universal in ancient history. Those cultures and peoples who shed, or never developed, the idea that mankind ought to dominate womankind, are better cultures and peoples than those who, even today, cling violently to those mores.

UK is on the way towards ending gender inequality but women are still in an unfavourable position much of the time.

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4. Religion and Beliefs

#buddhism #christianity #hinduism #islam #judaism

Religion in the United Kingdom: Diversity, Trends and Decline: Statistical and analytical review of mainstream and minority faiths in the UK

Disbelief In God
1Vietnam81%
2Japan65%
3Sweden64%
...
8Belgium43%
9Netherlands42%
10Germany42%
11UK42%
12Cuba40%
13Slovenia35%
14Bulgaria34%
15Hungary32%
Data Source
How Many Are Religious?
1Estonia16%
2Sweden17%
3Denmark19%
4Hong Kong24%
5Japan24%
6UK27%
7France30%
8Vietnam30%
9Belarus34%
10Russia34%
11Albania39%
12Latvia39%
Data Source

Data from the Pew Forum, a professional polling outfit, states that in 2010 the religious makeup of this country was as follows in the table below8:

Christian71.1%
Muslim4.4%
Hindu1.3%
Buddhist0.4%
Folk Religion0.3%
Jew0.5%
Unaffiliated21.3%

By adding up the Pew Forum data for the major monotheistic religions we can see that these make up 76% of the population. Yet there are simply too many who disbelieve in God for this to be true (42%). This is due to the so-called 'Census Effect', whereby many put down a religion for cultural reasons rather than because it reflects their beliefs. In highly Christian countries, as many as half of those who say they're a Christian lack any connection to a Church, and do not hold Christian beliefs (such as believing in God!).

It appears that when asked "What religion are you" many give pollsters the 'correct' answer despite how they actually feel, and despite what they actually believe. Although 78% of the populace say they belong to a religion, only 27% say that they are religious when the question is phrased as "Is religion an important part of your daily life?".

For more on this phenomenon, see:

With over 170 distinct religions counted, the religious make-up of the UK is diverse, complex and multicultural. The 2011 Census shows that minority and alternative religions are steadily growing, as is Islam. Less than half of the British people believe in a God and from 2009 the annual British Social Attitudes results has revealed that over 50% of us say we're not religious9 and a 2014 YouGov poll saw 77% of the British public say they're not very, or not at all, religious10. Comprehensive professional research in 2006 by Tearfund found that two thirds (66% - 32.2 million people) in the UK have no connection with any religion or church11.

However people continue to put down what they think is their "official" religion on official forms. As a result of this Census Effect in the 2011 National Census, 59.3% of us put their religion down as "Christian"12. Half of those who say they have no religion to pollsters still put one down on the 2011 Census. Even despite this, Christian numbers are substantially down from the 2001 figure of 72%. Religion in Britain has suffered an immense general decline since the 1950s. Between 1979 and 2005, half of all Christians stopped going to church on a Sunday. Four in five britons want religion to be private, not public, and have no place in politics13. All indicators show a continued secularisation of British society in line with other European countries such as France.

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5. The Internet

Internet Freedom
1Estonia10
2USA12
3Germany15
4Australia18
5Hungary19
6Philippines23
7Italy23
8UK25
9Argentina26
10S. Africa26
11Brazil27
12Ukraine27
Data Source
IT Security Risks
271USA3.68
270Russia2.42
269India2.10
...
254Ukraine1.44
253Uganda1.44
252Mongolia1.42
251UK1.34
250Djibouti1.29
249Kazakhstan1.23
248Turkmenistan1.23
247Malawi1.23
Data Source
Internet Users in Population
1Iceland95.64
2Norway93.28
3Netherlands90.70
4Luxembourg90.08
5Sweden90.02
6Denmark88.77
7Finland86.90
8UK84.73
9New Zealand83.00
10Germany82.53
11Korea, S.82.52
12Switzerland82.17
Data Source

Internet access has become an essential research tool. It facilitates an endless list of life improvements, from the ability to network and socialize without constraint, to access to a seemingly infinite repository of technical and procedural information on pretty much any task. The universal availability of data has sped up industrial development and personal learning at the national and personal level. Individuals can read any topic they wish regardless of the locality of expert teachers, and, entire nations can develop their technology and understanding of the world simply because they are now exposed to advanced societies and moral discourses online. Like every communications medium, the Internet has issues and causes a small range of problems, but these are insignificant compared to the advantages of having an online populace.

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6. More Charts and Comparisons to Other Countries

Anti-Semite Opinions14
Country%14
1Laos0
2Philippines3
3Sweden4
4Netherlands5
5Vietnam6
6UK8
7Denmark9
8USA9
9Tanzania12
10Thailand13
11Czech Rep.13
12Canada14
Personal Charitability
(World Position, 2013-2016)
15
CountryValue15
1Myanmar (Burma)1.25
2USA1.5
3New Zealand3.5
4Canada3.75
5Australia5.25
6UK6.75
7Ireland6.75
8Sri Lanka8
9Qatar9
10Trinidad & Tobago10
11Netherlands10
12UAE12
Personal, Civil and Economic Freedom16
CountryRank16
1Hong Kong1
2Switzerland2
3New Zealand3
4Ireland4
5Denmark5
6UK6
7Canada6
8Australia6
9Finland9
10Netherlands10
11Austria11
12Luxembourg11
Global Peace Index
1Iceland1.11
2New Zealand1.24
3Denmark1.24
...
26Slovakia1.59
27Taiwan1.60
28Netherlands1.61
29UK1.61
30Chile1.62
31Botswana1.62
32Romania1.63
33Uruguay1.63
Data Source
Average IQ
1Singapore108
2Korea, S.106
3Taiwan105
...
10Norway100
11Austria100
12Netherlands100
13UK100
14Germany99
15Poland99
16Finland99
17Estonia99
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Human Rights Treaties
1Argentina24
2Ecuador23
3Germany23
...
61Switzerland19
62Uganda19
63Venezuela19
64UK19
65Canada19
66Lithuania18
67Tunisia18
68Philippines18
Data Source
Press Freedom Index
1Finland99.0
2Netherlands99.0
3Norway99.0
...
26Australia99.1
27Uruguay99.1
28Portugal99.1
29UK99.1
30Ghana99.1
31Suriname99.2
32USA99.2
33Lithuania99.2
Data Source
R & D Spending
Country% RDP PPP
1Korea, S.4.2917
2Israel4.1117
3Japan3.5817
...
17Singapore2.0018
18Netherlands1.9717
19Iceland1.8917
20UK1.7017
21Norway1.7017
22Canada1.6117
23Ireland1.5217
24Estonia1.4317
Gross National Income
1Qatar$87 478
2Liechtenstein$84 880
3Kuwait$52 793
...
19Denmark$33 518
20Belgium$33 429
21Japan$32 545
22UK$32 538
23Finland$32 510
24France$30 277
25Iceland$29 176
26Ireland$28 671
Data Source
Happiness
1Denmark7.8
2Netherlands7.6
3Norway7.6
...
17Luxembourg7.1
18France7
19Ireland7
20UK6.9
21Oman6.9
22Belgium6.9
23Korea, S.6.9
24Iceland6.9
Data Source
Environmental Performance
1Iceland93.5
2Switzerland89.1
3Costa Rica86.4
...
11Malta76.3
12Finland74.7
13Slovakia74.5
14UK74.2
15New Zealand73.4
16Chile73.3
17Germany73.2
18Italy73.1
Data Source
Gay Equality
1Netherlands405
2Belgium350
3Canada280
...
16Luxembourg165
17Greenland135
18Portugal135
19UK130
20Uruguay125
21Peru120
22Italy115
23Guatemala115
Data Source

7. Christian Child Abuse in the UK19

The United Kingdom has seen many cases of paedophile priests, including many cases where Bishops and other senior Christians have protected paedophiles, moving them from post to post when accusations surface.

Current edition: 2004
Last Modified: 2017 Mar 20
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References: (What's this?)

Anti-Defamation League. (ADL)
(2014) ADL Global 100, Executive Summary. Accessed on global100.adl.org on 2017 Jan 02. The numbers given are of those who state that racist stereotyped statements about Jews are true; they have to agree to 6 or more of the 11 statements to be counted. An example statements is "Jews are hated because of the way they behave". The data was collected from 53,100 interviews across 101 countries plus the West Bank and Gaza. The global average is 26%.

Charities Aid Foundation
World Giving Index. On www.cafonline.org.

Crabtree, Vexen
(2017) "What is the Best Country in the World? An Index of Morality, Conscience and Good Life" (2017). Accessed 2017 Mar 20.

Gallup
(2009) Religiosity. gallup.com/poll/142727/.... The survey question was "Is religion an important part of your daily life?" and results are charted for those who said "yes". 1000 adults were polled in each of 114 countries.

Lynn, Harvey & Nyborg
(2009) Average intelligence predicts atheism rates across 137 nations. Richard Lynn, John Harvey and Helmuth Nyborg article "Average intelligence predicts atheism rates across 137 nations" in Intelligence (2009 Jan/Feb) vol. 37 issue 1 pages 11-15. Online at www.sciencedirect.com, accessed 2009 Sep 15.

NSS. The National Secular Society, London, UK.
Newsline. Weekly news letter. See: "Secularism" by Vexen Crabtree (2011).

OECD
(2016) Research and development (R&D) - Gross domestic spending on R&D. Data from data.oecd.org. Accessed 2016 Sep 28.

The Fraser Institute
(2016) The Human Freedom Index. Published by The Cato Institute, The Fraser Institute and the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom. Covers data up to 2014. On www.fraserinstitute.org/.../human-freedom-index-2016..

United Nations
(2011) Human Development Report. This edition had the theme of Sustainability and Equity: A Better Future for All. Published on the United Nation's website at hdr.undp.org/.../HDR_2011_EN_Complete.pdf (accessed throughout 2013, Jan-Mar). UN Development Program: About the Human Development Index.
(2013) Human Development Report. This edition had the theme of The Rise of the South: Human Progress in a Diverse World. Published on the United Nation's HDR website at hdr.undp.org/.../hdr2013/ (accessed throughout 2013). UN Development Program: About the Human Development Index.

Footnotes

  1. World Bank data on data.worldbank.org accessed 2013 Nov 04.^
  2. UN (2011) .^
  3. UN (2013) .^
  4. International Standards Organisation (ISO) standard ISO3166-1, on www.iso.org, accessed 2013 May 01.^
  5. Top level domains (TLDs) are managed by the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) on www.iana.org.^
  6. According to ISO4217.^
  7. According to ITU-T.^
  8. Pew Forum (2012) publication "The Global Religious Landscape: A Report on the Size and Distribution of the World´s Major Religious Groups as of 2010" (2012 Dec 18) accessed 2013 May 01.^
  9. British Social Attitudes Suvey results from 2009, published 2011 Jan. URL accessed 2011 Jan 26.^
  10. You Gov poll results, published 2014 Apr 23.^
  11. Tearfund research, "Churchgoing in the UK" 2007 Apr 03. The survey involved 7000 UK adults aged 16 or over, interviewed between 8th February to 5th March 2006.^
  12. Office for National Statistics (ONS) "Religion in England", analysis of the 2011 National Census data, covering England and Wales. Published 2012 Dec 11 on URL ons.gov.uk/...290510.pdf accessed 2012 Dec 11. For pre-publication of datsets for minority religions, I have used the data published by The Guardian on guardian.co.uk/...census-religion accessed 2012 Dec 11.^
  13. A poll of 64,303 representative British adults carried out by the YouGov pollsters in collaboration with Cambridge University's Department of Politics and International Studies. Reported in National Secular Society newsline (2011 Sep 23).^
  14. ADL (2014) . Lower is better.^
  15. Charities Aid Foundation . Average ranking across years 2013-2016. Lower is better.^
  16. Fraser Institute, the (2016) . Covers data for 2014.^
  17. OECD (2016) data for year 2014.^
  18. OECD (2016) data for year 2013.^
  19. Added to this page on 2015 Apr 05.^
  20. The Independent article "Church to review abuse handling as paedophile investigator is jailed for child porn" (2011 Oct 28) accessed 2013 Feb 13.^
  21. Pink News (2015) article "Catholic priest had huge gay S&M porn collection, court hears" (2015 Feb 23). Accessed 2015 Apr 15.^
  22. The Guardian (2015) article "Priest jailed for abusing boy at children's home". Accessed 2015 Apr 15 (2015 Mar 27.^
  23. BBC News website, "Country Profile: United Kingdom", accessed 2006 Sep 28.
  24. Office for National Statistics Social Trends 2007 on www.statistics.gov.uk.

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