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  Click Here    The Vikings Effect upon World Freedom   Click Here  

(Written as a Bantering for a Danish friend for the New Year of 2004)
One wonders if it has been disproved or confirmed by one more decade of human endeavor

 

There was once an article about the Heritage Foundation’s Index of Economic Freedom in the Wall Street Journal, entitled "Liberty = Prosperity", which attributed a nation’s economic freedom to the application of property rights and the rule of law.  This started me thinking.  Property rights exist even in the most "repressed" countries of the world like Zimbabwe, North Korea and Iran, except the rights there usually all belong to whomsoever controls the Government at the time.  Also, there is a very strong rule of law in Cuba, Sudan and Tibet, some of them not very nice laws, but they control property rights and whatsoever Liberty exists there, and the citizens of those countries are ruled by the application of those laws just as we are ruled by the laws our ancestors have put into place over time.

Therefore, it struck me that there has to be something else, one unquestionable factor common to all, which makes certain nations more economically free and less corrupt where their citizens enjoy a standard of life far better than other nations.  Therefore I carefully researched and contemplated upon several such lists and I have found only one common denominator that applies to every "successful" country, and regrettably thereby damns all countries not possessing this attribute to most probably always being as they presently are.

The only common denominator I came up with is as follows:

All of the really successful countries in the world today are nations whose citizens are the descendents of ancestors who were "raped, pillaged and looted by the Vikings"; or they are nations that were established as trading posts or independent entities by those same descendents of ancestors that were raped, pillaged and looted by the Vikings, and they were obviously established without any consideration of, or any significant input allowed from, the indigenous local population who were living there at the time.

Merely being colonized by the descendents of ancestors who were raped, pillaged and looted by the Vikings does not seem to have anything more than a temporary cosmetic effect.  A nation actually has to be established, either as a trading post totally independent of the local population, or completely from scratch with no thought to the existing culture of the original inhabitants, by the descendents of ancestors who were raped, pillaged and looted by the Vikings.  Then it has to be run totally oblivious to the wishes or the needs of the local population for at least a hundred years, for there to be any real effect at all.  Hong Kong, Singapore, New Zealand, Canada, Australia, the United States, etc. are all good examples of this.  Countries that were colonized by the descendents of ancestors who were raped, pillaged and looted by the Vikings, but where the local inhabitants managed to survive as the majority, maintain their own culture, and finally expel their colonizers (i.e.: Sudan, Nigeria, Burma, Zimbabwe, Pakistan, Rwanda, Kashmir, Egypt, Yemen, the Congo's, (all three of them) Indonesia, South America or India, etc., etc.) actually seem to be compounded in their loss of civility to at least one group or another by having been colonized - and who can blame them for that?

That, my friends, is it!  I can find no other indisputable common factor that either determines the quality of life, innate honesty and economic success of any country presently included in the United Nations.  In fact, the lack of this single factor in the development of a modern nation seems to condemn the citizens of every nation without it to occasional anarchy or at the least to some form of dictatorship or religious intolerance on a regular basis.  It would appear to be an incontestable law.  Some people have long pointed out that Protestant countries, by and large, are richer, freer and safer to live in than those that adhere to any other religion.  This correlation also makes a lot of sense, for if you had been raped, pillaged and looted by the Vikings on a continuous basis for several hundred years you would probably "protest" a bit too, and as Darwin pointed out, you would of course pass that talent (mutation) on to your descendents.  

However, contemplating the various lists involved, it could actually be said that the less zealously religious the citizens, the more successful a country as a place to raise your children is likely to be.

Also, or so it seems obvious to me, those administrative systems and religions that were introduced and developed furthest from those areas consistently being raped, pillaged and looted by the Vikings seem the least likely to be affected by the Protestant (Protest) thing. It could also well be said that such nations, and/or administrative bureaucracies and religions are also the least likely to call upon their adherents to go off in little boats to impose their concepts and freedoms on others, (once called colonizing and/or missionary work and today often called nation building and/or foreign aid).

For those who were not taught this fact by their History teachers and have never sat through the Introduction to Genetic Economics 101, (most students miss this important tidbit as it comes just before lunch on the third day of the introduction, when most of them are already dozing off), I truly and honestly believe that I can prove this theory.  

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Let me show you the lists (the best and the worst) with symbols that show those nations the majority of whose citizens are the descendents of ancestors that were raped, pillaged and looted by the Vikings; and those nations actually established as trading posts or independent entities by the descendents of ancestors who were raped, pillaged and looted by the Vikings . . . . and of course, those who were not!

mystv2-a.gif  Nations where the majority of whose citizens are "the descendents of ancestors who were raped, pillaged and looted by the Vikings".
  Nations established by "the descendents of ancestors who were raped, pillaged and looted by the Vikings".
  Nations actually established as, or forced to become, trading posts and independent entities by "the descendents of ancestors who were raped, pillaged and looted by the Vikings".

star-a.gif Nations NOT established as trading posts by "the descendents of ancestors who were raped, pillaged and looted by the Vikings", or where the majority of whose citizens ARE NOT "the descendents of ancestors who were raped, pillaged and looted by the Vikings".


The TOP countries on the Heritage Foundation Economic Freedom List are:

1.   Hong Kong      LESS THAN 40% OF THE POPULATION PRACTICE ANY RELIGION AT ALL!
Chinese 95%, other 5% -- eclectic mixture of local religions 33%, Protestant 10%
2.  
Singapore  
     gold buddhist wheel animated   animated large gold symbol of Islam         animated gold OM, large    
NO RELIGION IS REALLY A MAJORITY IN SINGAPORE
Chinese 76.7%, Malay 14%, Indian 7.9%, other 1.4% -- Buddhism, Islam, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism, Taoist, Confucianism
3.  
Luxembourg  
mystv2-a.gif   RELIGIOUS PROFILING IS FORBIDDEN BY LAW
Celtic base (with French and German blend), Portuguese, Italian, Slavs (from Montenegro, Albania, and Kosovo) and European (guest and resident workers) -- the preponderance of the population is Roman Catholic with a substantial Jewish presence and a few Protestants and Muslims.
3.  
New Zealand  
   80%
European (British) 74.5%, Maori 9.7%, other European 4.6%, Pacific Islander 3.8%, Asian & others 7.4% -- Anglican 24%, Presbyterian 18%, Roman Catholic 15%, Methodist 5%, Baptist 2%, other Protestant 3%, unspecified or none 33%
5.   Ireland   mystv2-a.gif   92%
Celtic, English -- Roman Catholic 91.6%, Church of Ireland 2.5%, other 5.9%
6.  
Denmark  
mystv2-a.gif   97% 
Scandinavian, German, Inuit, Faroese -- Evangelical Lutheran 95%, other Protestant and Roman Catholic 3%, Muslim 2%
6.  
Estonia  
mystv2-a.gif   90%  
Estonians 65%, Russians 28%, Ukrainians 2.5%, Belarusians 1.4%, Finns 0.9%, other 2.2% -- A Majority are Evangelical Lutheran, also the Estonian Apostolic Orthodox, subordinated to Constantinople and the Estonian Orthodox, subordinated to the Moscow Patriarchate, Baptist
6.  
United States of America  
   56%
white 77.1%, black 12.9%, Asian 4.2%, Amerindian and Alaska native 1.5%, native Hawaiian and other Pacific islander 0.3%, other 4% (2000) 
Note: a separate listing for Hispanic is not included because the US Census Bureau considers Hispanic to mean a person of Latin American descent (especially of Cuban, Mexican, or Puerto Rican origin) living in the US who may be of any race or ethnic group (white, black, Asian, etc.) -- Protestant 56%, Roman Catholic 28%, Jewish 2%, other 4%, none 10%
9.  
Australia  
  41%  
European 92%, Asian 6%, Aboriginal 2% -- Anglican 20%, Roman Catholic 26%, other Christian 21%other non-Christian 5%, no religion 15%.
9.   United Kingdom (Great Britain)  
mystv2-a.gif  64%  
English 81.5%, Scottish 9.6%, Irish 2.4%, Welsh 1.9%, Ulster 1.8%, West Indian, Indian, Pakistani, and other 2.8% -- Anglican and Roman Catholic 40 million, Muslim 1.5 million, Presbyterian 800,000, Methodist 760,000, Sikh 500,000, Hindu 500,000, Jewish 350,000
11.  
Finland  
mystv2-a.gif  89%  
Finn 93%, Swede 6%, Sami 0.11%, Roma 0.12%, Tatar 0.02% -- Evangelical Lutheran 89%, Russian Orthodox 1%, none 9%, other 1%
11.  
Iceland  
mystv2-a.gif   87%  
homogeneous mixture of descendants of Norse and Celts -- Evangelical Lutheran 93%, other Protestant and Roman Catholic 6%
11.  
The Netherlands  
mystv2-a.gif   60% 31%
Dutch 83%, other 17% (of which 9% are non-western origin mainly Turks, Moroccans, Antilleans, Surinamese and Indonesians) -- Roman Catholic 31%, Protestant 21%, Muslim 4.4%, other 3.6%, unaffiliated 40%
11.  
Sweden  
mystv2-a.gif   87%   
Indigenous Swedes, ethnic Finns, ethnic Lapps. (Immigrants: Finns, Bosnians, Iranians, Norwegians, Danes and Turks) -- Lutheran (87%), Catholic, Orthodox, Baptist, Jewish, Buddhist, Muslim
15.  
Switzerland  
mystv2-a.gif   46% 40%  
German 65%, French 18%, Italian 10%, Romansch 1%, other 6% -- Roman Catholic 46.1%, Protestant 40%, other 5%, none 8.9%
16
Bahrain  
   animated large gold symbol of Islam 98%   
Bahraini 63%, Asian 19%, other Arab 10%, Iranian 8% -- Shi'a Muslim 70%, Sunni Muslim 30%
16
Chile  
star-a.gif    89%    11%
white and white-Amerindian 95%, Amerindian 3%, other 2% -- Roman Catholic 89%, Protestant 11%  Note: A small, yet influential number of Irish and English immigrants came to Chile during the colonial period. German immigration began in 1848 and lasted for 90 years; the southern provinces of Valdivia, Llanquihue, and Osorno show a strong German influence. (US State Dept.) and, their ancestors were definitely raped, pillaged and looted by the Vikings. 
18
Canada  
   46% 36%
British Isles origin 28%, French origin 23%, other European 15%, Amerindian 2%, other, mostly Asian, African, Arab 6%, mixed background 26% -- Roman Catholic 46%, Protestant 36%
19
Austria  
mystv2-a.gif   78%  
German 88%, non-nationals 9.3% (includes Croatians, Slovenes, Hungarians, Czechs, Slovaks, Roma), naturalized 2% (includes those who have lived in Austria at least three generations) -- Roman Catholic 78%, Protestant 5%, Muslim and other 17%
19
Belgium  
mystv2-a.gif   75%  
Fleming 58%, Walloon 31%, mixed or other 11% -- Roman Catholic 75%, Protestant or other 25%
19
Germany  
mystv2-a.gif   35% 34%   
German 91.5%, Turkish 2.4%, other 6.1% (made up largely of Serbo-Croatian, Italian, Russian, Greek, Polish, Spanish) -- Protestant 35%, Roman Catholic 34%, Muslim 3.7%, unaffiliated or other 27.3%
22
The Bahamas  
   83%  
black 85%, white 12%, Asian and Hispanic 3% -- Baptist 32%, Anglican 20%, Roman Catholic 19%, Methodist 6%, Church of God 6%, other Protestant 12%, none or unknown 3%, other 2%
22
Cyprus  
   budded cross 78%  
Greek 85.2%, Turkish 11.6%, other 3.2% -- Greek Orthodox 78%, Muslim 18%, Maronite, Armenian Apostolic, and other 4%
24
Barbados  
   67%  
black 90%, white 4%, Asian and mixed 6% -- Protestant 67% (Anglican 40%, Pentecostal 8%, Methodist 7%, other 12%), Roman Catholic 4%, none 17%, other 12%
24
United Arab Emirates  
    animated large gold symbol of Islam 96%  
Emirati 19%, other Arabs and Iranians 23%, South Asian 50%, other expatriates (includes Westerners and East Asians) 8%   Note: less than 20% of the population are UAE citizens -- Muslim 96% (Suni 80%), (Shi'a 16%), Christian, Hindu, and various others 4%
26
El Salvador  
star-a.gif    83%  
Mestizo 90%, Amerindian 1%, white 9% -- Roman Catholic 83%  Note: there is extensive activity by Protestant groups throughout the country; in 1992, there were an estimated 1 million Protestant evangelicals in El Salvador.  Note: As ever, there must always be just one exception to any Rule, per Murphy's Law, for it to be unequivocally true and correct.
27
Norway  
mystv2-a.gif   87%  
homogeneous Norwegian, Sami 20,000 -- Evangelical Lutheran 86% (state church), other Protestant and Roman Catholic 3%, other 1%, none and unknown 10%


The BOTTOM countries on the Heritage Foundation Economic Freedom List are:

139.   Bosnia and Herzegovina   star-a.gif   animated large gold symbol of Islam 40%  budded cross 31%  
Serb 31%, Bosniak 44%, Croat 17%, Yugoslav 5.5%, other 2.5% Note: Bosniak has replaced Muslim as an ethnic term in part to avoid confusion with the religious term Muslim - an adherent of Islam -- Muslim 40%, Orthodox 31%, Roman Catholic 15%, Protestant 4%, other 10%

140.   Nigeria   star-a.gif   animated large gold symbol of Islam  50%   40%  
Nigeria, which is Africa's most populous country, is composed of more than 250 ethnic groups; the following are the most populous and politically influential: Hausa and Fulani 29%, Yoruba 21%, Igbo (Ibo) 18%, Ijaw 10%, Kanuri 4%, Ibibio 3.5%, Tiv 2.5% -- Muslim 50%, Christian 40%, indigenous beliefs 10%

141.   Sierra Leone   star-a.gif   animated large gold symbol of Islam 60% - Indigenous beliefs 30% 10%
African tribes 90% (Temne 30%, Mende 30%, other 30%), Creole (Krio) 10% (descendants of freed Jamaican slaves who were settled in the Freetown area in the late-18th century), refugees from Liberia's recent civil war, small numbers of Europeans, Lebanese, Pakistanis, and Indians -- Muslim 60%, indigenous beliefs 30%, Christian 10%

142.   Guinea-Bissau   star-a.gif   Indigenous beliefs 50%  animated large gold symbol of Islam 45%
African tribes 99% (Balanta 30%, Fula 20%, Manjaca 14%, Mandinga 13%, Papel 7%), European and mulatto less than 1% -- indigenous beliefs 50%, Muslim 45%, Christian 5%

143.   Suriname   star-a.gif    animated gold OM, large  27%  23%    25%  animated large gold symbol of Islam  20%
Hindustani (also known locally as "East Indians"; their ancestors emigrated from northern India in the latter part of the 19th century) 37%, Creole (mixed white and black) 31%, Javanese 15%, "Maroons" 10% (their African ancestors were brought to the country in the 17th and 18th centuries as slaves and escaped to the interior), Amerindian 2%, Chinese 2%, white 1%, other 2% -- Hindu 27.4%, Roman Catholic 22.8%, Protestant 25.2% (predominantly Moravian), Muslim 19.6%, indigenous beliefs 5%

144.   Syria   star-a.gif   animated large gold symbol of Islam 86% 
Arab 90.3%, Kurds, Armenians, and other 9.7% -- Sunni Muslim 74%, Alawite, Druze, and other Muslim sects 16%, Christian (various sects) 10%

145.   Tajikistan   star-a.gif   animated large gold symbol of Islam 85%
Tajik 64.9%, Uzbek 25%, Russian 3.5%, other 6.6% -- Sunni Muslim 85%, Shi'a Muslim 5%

146.   Iran   star-a.gif   animated large gold symbol of Islam 99% 
Persian 51%, Azeri 24%, Gilaki and Mazandarani 8%, Kurd 7%, Arab 3%, Lur 2%, Baloch 2%, Turkmen 2%, other 1% -- Shi'a Muslim 89%, Sunni Muslim 10%

147.   Turkmenistan   star-a.gif   animated large gold symbol of Islam 89%  
Turkmen 77%, Uzbek 9.2%, Russian 6.7%, Kazakh 2%, other 5.1% -- Muslim 89%, Eastern Orthodox 9%

148.   Burma (Myanmar)  star-a.gif   gold buddhist wheel animated 89%
Burman 68%, Shan 9%, Karen 7%, Rakhine 4%, Chinese 3%, Indian 2%, Mon 2%, other 5% -- Buddhist 89%, Christian 4% (Baptist 3%, Roman Catholic 1%), Muslim 4%, animist 1%, other 2%

149.  Uzbekistan   star-a.gif   animated large gold symbol of Islam 88% 
 Uzbek 80%, Russian 5.5%, Tajik 5%, Kazakh 3%, Karakalpak 2.5%, Tatar 1.5%, other 2.5% -- Muslim 88% (mostly Sunnis), Eastern Orthodox 9%

150.   Yugoslavia   star-a.gif   budded cross 65%   
Serb 62.6%, Albanian 16.5%, Montenegrin 5%, Hungarian 3.3%, other 12.6% -- Orthodox 65%, Muslim 19%, Roman Catholic 4%, Protestant 1%

151.   Belarus   star-a.gif   budded cross 80%  
Belarusian 81.2%, Russian 11.4%, Polish, Ukrainian, and other 7.4% -- Eastern Orthodox 80%, other (including Roman Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, and Muslim) 20%

152.   Libya   star-a.gif   animated large gold symbol of Islam 97% 
Berber and Arab 97%, Greeks, Maltese, Italians, Egyptians, Pakistanis, Turks, Indians, Tunisians 3% -- Sunni Muslim 97%

153:   Laos   star-a.gif   gold buddhist wheel animated  60%   
Lao Loum (lowland) 68%, Lao Theung (upland) 22%, Lao Soung (highland) including the Hmong ("Meo") and the Yao (Mien) 9%, ethnic Vietnamese/Chinese 1% -- Buddhist 60%, animist and other 40% (including various Christian denominations 1.5%)

154.   Zimbabwe   star-a.gif  
African Tribes 98% (Shona 82%, Ndebele 14%, other 2%), mixed and Asian 1%, white less than 1% --
Syncretism (part Christian, part indigenous beliefs) 50%, Christian 25%, indigenous beliefs 24%, Muslim and other 1%

155.   Cuba   star-a.gif   85%  3D Animation : red star
Mulatto 51%, White 37%, Black 11%, Chinese 1% -- nominally 85% Roman Catholic prior to CASTRO assuming power; Protestants, Jehovah's Witnesses, Jews, and Santeria are also represented

156.   North Korea   star-a.gif  3D Animation : red star
Korean: racially homogeneous; there is a small Chinese community and a few ethnic Japanese -- traditionally Buddhist and Confucianism, some Christian and Syncretic Chondogyo (Religion of the Heavenly Way)  Note: autonomous religious activities now almost nonexistent; government-sponsored religious groups exist to provide illusion of religious freedom

157.   Angola   star-a.gif   Indigenous beliefs 47%  38%
African tribes Ovimbundu 37%, Kimbundu 25%, Bakongo 13%, other 22%, mestico (mixed European and Native African) 2%, European 1% -- indigenous beliefs 47%, Roman Catholic 38%, Protestant 15%

158.   Burundi   star-a.gif   62%  Indigenous beliefs 32%
African tribes Hutu (Bantu) 85%, Tutsi (Hamitic) 14%, Twa (Pygmy) 1%, Europeans 3,000 South Asians 2,000 -- Roman Catholic 62%, Protestant 5%, indigenous beliefs 23%, Muslim 10%

159.   Congo   star-a.gif   55%  
African tribes Kongo 48%, Sangha 20%, M'Bochi 12%, Teke 17%, Europeans and other 3% Note: Europeans estimated at 8,500 mostly French, before the 1997 civil war; may be half that in 1998, following the widespread destruction of foreign businesses in 1997 -- Christian 50%, animist 48%, Muslim 2%

160.   Iraq   star-a.gif   animated large gold symbol of Islam 95% 
Arab 75%-80%, Kurdish 15%-20%, Turkoman, Assyrian or other 5% -- Muslim 97% (Shi'a 60%-65%, Sunni 32%-37%), Christian or other 3%

161.   Sudan   star-a.gif   animated large gold symbol of Islam 70%
black 52%, Arab 39%, Beja 6%, foreigners 2%, other 1% -- Sunni Muslim 70% (mostly in the North) indigenous beliefs 25%, Christian 5% (mostly in the South and Khartoum)


Although I have now obviously and completely proved my point about Economic Freedom, I believe, there are more lists that prove even more definitively that being a nation founded by the descendants of ancestors who were raped, pillaged and looted by the Vikings; or being a nation that was established as a trading post, or an independent entity, by the descendants of ancestors who were raped, pillaged and looted by the Vikings, leads to a country being far more civilized and its citizens far better off financially.  Race, Language and Religion have little or nothing to do with it.  For example:

The Business Forum World 2002 GDP Listings - $US

Source: United Nations Statistics Division

Countries with the HIGHEST GDP are:

1.   Bermuda - $44,060      66%  
black 58%, white 36%, other 6% -- non-Anglican Protestant 39%, Anglican 27%, Roman Catholic 15%, other 19%
2.   Luxembourg - $ 43,372 mystv2-a.gif   RELIGIOUS PROFILING IS FORBIDDEN BY LAW
Celtic base (with French and German blend), Portuguese, Italian, Slavs (from Montenegro, Albania and Kosovo) and European (guest and resident workers) -- the preponderance of the population is Roman Catholic with a substantial Jewish presence and a few Protestants and Muslims. Note: 1979 legislation forbids the actual collection of religious statistics
3.   Japan - $37,494 star-a.gif   gold buddhist wheel animated 99%  
Japanese 99%, others 1% (Korean 51,126, Chinese 24,424, Brazilian 18,223, Filipino 8,995, other 23,792 -- observe both Shinto and Buddhist 84%, other 16% (including Christian 0.7%) 
As ever, there must always be just one exception to any Rule, per Murphy's Law, for it to be unequivocally true and correct.
4.   Norway - $36,198 mystv2-a.gif   94%
Norwegian, Sami 20,000 -- Evangelical Lutheran 86% (state church), other Protestant and Roman Catholic 3%, other 1%, none and unknown 10%
5.   United States of America - $34,637      
White 77.1%, Black 12.9%, Asian 4.2%, Amerindian and Alaska native 1.5%, native Hawaiian and other Pacific islander 0.3%, other 4% (2000) Note: a separate listing for Hispanic is not included because the US Census Bureau considers Hispanic to mean a person of Latin American descent (especially of Cuban, Mexican, or Puerto Rican origin) living in the US who may be of any race or ethnic group (White, Black, Asian, etc.) -- Protestant 56%, Roman Catholic 28%, Jewish 2%, other 4%, none 10%
6.   Liechtenstein - $33,394 mystv2-a.gif   76%
Alemannic 87.5%, Italian, Turkish, and other 12.5% -- Roman Catholic 80%, Protestant 7.4%
7.   Switzerland - $33,394 mystv2-a.gif   46% 40%  
German 65%, French 18%, Italian 10%, Romansch 1%, other 6% -- Roman Catholic 46.1%, Protestant 40%, other 5%, none 8.9%
8.   Iceland - $30,681 mystv2-a.gif   87%  
homogeneous mixture of descendants of Norse and Celts -- Evangelical Lutheran 93%, other Protestant and Roman Catholic, none
9.   Denmark - $30,141mystv2-a.gif   97%  
Scandinavian, German, Inuit, Faroese -- Evangelical Lutheran 95%, other Protestant and Roman Catholic 3%, Muslim 2%
10.  Qatar - $29,100     animated large gold symbol of Islam 99%  
Arab 40%, Pakistani 18%, Indian 18%, Iranian 10%, other 14% -- Muslim 95%
11.  Sweden - $25,903 mystv2-a.gif   87%   
Indigenous Swedes, ethnic Finns, ethnic Lapps. (Immigrants: Finns, Bosnians, Iranians, Danes,  Norwegians and Turks) -- Lutheran (87%), other 13%
12.  Ireland - $25,066 mystv2-a.gif   92%  
Celtic, English -- Roman Catholic 91.6%, Church of Ireland 2.5%, other 5.9% (1998)
13. 
Great Britain (United Kingdom) - $24,058 mystv2-a.gif   64%  
English 81.5%, Scottish 9.6%, Irish 2.4%, Welsh 1.9%, Ulster 1.8%, West Indian, Indian, Pakistani, and other 2.8% -- Anglican and Roman Catholic 40 million, Muslim 1.5 million, Presbyterian 800,000, Methodist 760,000, Sikh 500,000, Hindu 500,000, Jewish 350,000
14.  Hong Kong - $23,709    ONLY 43% OF POPULATION PRACTICE A RELIGION
Chinese 95%, other 5% -- eclectic mixture of local religions 90%, Christian 10%
15.  Finland - $23,377 mystv2-a.gif   89%  
Finns 93%, Swedes 6%, Sami 0.11%, Roma 0.12%, Tatar 0.02% -- Evangelical Lutheran 89%, Russian Orthodox 1%, none 9%, other 1%


Countries with the LOWEST GDP are:

188. Somalia - $216 star-a.gif   animated large gold symbol of Islam  99%
Somali 85%, Bantu and other non-Somali 15% (including Arabs 30,000) -- Sunni Muslim
189. Tanzania - $210 star-a.gif   animated large gold symbol of Islam 45% 45%   
mainland - native African 99% (of which 95% are Bantu consisting of more than 130 tribes), other 1% (consisting of Asian, European, and Arab); Zanzibar - Arab, native African, mixed Arab and native African -- mainland - Christian 30%, Muslim 35%, indigenous beliefs 35%; Zanzibar - more than 99% Muslim
190. Burkina Faso - $204 star-a.gif   Indigenous beliefs 40%  animated large gold symbol of Islam 50%  20%
African tribes Mossi over 40%, Gurunsi, Senufo, Lobi, Bobo, Mande, Fulani -- indigenous beliefs 40%, Muslim 50%, Christian (mainly Roman Catholic) 10%
191. Eritrea - $202 star-a.gif   budded cross 50%   animated large gold symbol of Islam 48%
Tigrinya 50%, Tigre 31.4%, Saho 5%, Afar 5%, Begia 2.5%, Bilen 2.1%, Kunama 2%, Nara 1.5%, and Rashaida .5%. -- Christian 50%, mostly Orthodox, Muslim 48%, indigenous beliefs 2%.
192. Mozambique - $195 star-a.gif  Indigenous beliefs 50% 30% animated large gold symbol of Islam 17%  
African tribes Makua, Tsonga, Makonde, Shangaan, Shona, Sena, Ndau, and other indigenous groups, and approximately 10,000 Europeans, 35,000 Euro-Africans, and 15,000 South Asians -- Christian 30%, Muslim 17%, indigenous beliefs 45%.
193. Rwanda - $187 star-a.gif   95%
African tribes Hutu 85%, Tutsi 14%, Twa 1% -- Christian 93.5%, Muslim 4.6%
194. Niger - $170 star-a.gif   animated large gold symbol of Islam 95%
African tribes Hausa 56%, Djerma 22%, Fulani 8.5%, Tuareg 8%, Beri Beri (Kanouri) 4.3%; Arab, Toubou, and Gourmantche 1.2% -- Islam (95%)
195. Tajikistan - $143 star-a.gif   animated large gold symbol of Islam 85%
Tajik 67%, Uzbek 23%, Russian 3.5%, other 6.5% -- Sunni Muslim 80%, Shi'a Muslim 5%, other 15%.
196. Sierra Leone - $142 star-a.gif   animated large gold symbol of Islam 60% 30%
African tribes Temne 30%, Mende 30%, Krio 1%, balance spread over 15 other tribal groups, and a small Lebanese community -- Muslim 60%, Christian 30%, indigenous beliefs 10%
197. Malawi - $141 star-a.gif   55%  20%  animated large gold symbol of Islam 20%
African tribes: Chewa, Nyanja, Tumbuka, Yao, Lomwe, Sena, Tonga, Ngoni, Ngonde, plus Asian and European -- Protestant 55%, Roman Catholic 20%, Muslim 20%, indigenous beliefs 3%
198. Democratic Republic of the Congo - $129 star-a.gif   55%  25%
More than 200 African ethnic groups; the Luba , Kongo, and Anamongo are some of the larger groupings of tribes -- Roman Catholic 55%, Protestant 25%, other syncretic sects and indigenous beliefs 10%, Kimbanguist 7.5%, Muslim 2.5%
199. Burundi - $124 star-a.gif   62%  - Indigenous beliefs 32%
African tribes Hutu 85%; Tutsi 14%; Twa 1% -- Roman Catholic 62%; Protestant 5%; indigenous beliefs 32%; Muslim 1%.
200. Chad - $112 star-a.gif   animated large gold symbol of Islam 55%   35%
African tribes 200 distinct groups. In the north and center, Gorane (Toubou, Daza, Kreda), Zaghawa, Kanembou, Ouaddai, Arabs, Baguirmi, Hadjerai, Fulbe, Kotoko, Hausa, Boulala, and Maba, most of whom are Muslim. In the south, Sara (Ngambaye, Mbaye, Goulaye), Moudang, Moussei, Massa, most of whom are Christian or animist. About 1,000 French citizens live in Chad -- Muslim 55%, Christian 35%, indigenous beliefs (primarily animism).
201. Ethiopia - $102 star-a.gif   budded cross 50%  animated large gold symbol of Islam 40%
Oromo 35%, Amhara 30%, Tigre 6%-8%, Somali 6% -- Muslim 40%, Ethiopian Orthodox Christian 45%-50%, Protestant 5%, indigenous beliefs, remainder
202. Afghanistan - $100 star-a.gif  animated large gold symbol of Islam 99%
Pashtun, Tajik, Hazara, Uzbek, Turkmen, Aimaq, Baluch, Nuristani, Kizilbash -- Sunni Muslim 84%, Shi'a Muslim 15%, other 1%


Transparency International's Perceptions of Corruption Index

Countries that are
least corrupt are:

1. Finland   mystv2-a.gif   89%  
Finn 93%, Swede 6%, Sami 0.11%, Roma 0.12%, Tatar 0.02% -- Evangelical Lutheran 89%, Russian Orthodox 1%, none 9%, other 1%
2.
Denmark
mystv2-a.gif   97%  
Scandinavian, German, Inuit, Faroese -- Evangelical Lutheran 95%, other Protestant and Roman Catholic 3%, Muslim 2%
3.
New Zealand  
   80%
European (British descent) 74.5%, Maori 9.7%, other European 4.6%, Pacific Islander 3.8%, Asian & others 7.4% -- Anglican 24%, Presbyterian 18%, Roman Catholic 15%, Methodist 5%, Baptist 2%, other Protestant 3%, unspecified or none 33%
4.
Iceland  
mystv2-a.gif   87%  
homogeneous mixture of descendants of Norse and Celts -- Evangelical Lutheran 93%, other Protestant and Roman Catholic, none
4.
Singapore 
    gold buddhist wheel animated    animated large gold symbol of Islam            animated gold OM, large     NO RELIGION IS A MAJORITY IN SINGAPORE
Chinese 76.7%, Malay 14%, Indian 7.9%, other 1.4% -- Buddhist, Muslim, Christian, Hindu, Sikh, Taoist, Confucianism
5.
Sweden  
mystv2-a.gif   87%   
Swedes, Finns, Lapps. (Immigrants: Bosnians, Iranians, Norwegians, Danes and Turks) -- Lutheran (87%), Catholic, Orthodox, Baptist, Jewish, Buddhist, Muslim
6.
Canada  
   42% 40%  
British Isles origin 28%, French origin 23%, other European 15%, Amerindian 2%, other, mostly Asian, African, Arab 6%, mixed background 26% -- Roman Catholic 46%, Protestant 36%
7. Netherlands   mystv2-a.gif   60% 30%
Dutch 83%, other 17% (of which 9% are mainly Turks, Moroccans, Antilleans, Surinamese and Indonesians) -- Roman Catholic 31%, Protestant 21%, Muslim 4.4%, other 3.6%, unaffiliated 40%
8.
Luxembourg  
mystv2-a.gif   RELIGIOUS PROFILING FORBIDDEN BY LAW
Celtic base (with French and German blend), Portuguese, Italian, Slavs (from Montenegro, Albania, and Kosovo) and European (guest and resident workers) -- the greatest preponderance of the population is Roman Catholic with a large Jewish presence, and a very few Protestants, Jews, and Muslims. Note: 1979 legislation forbids the collection of religious statistics in Luxembourg


Countries that are most corrupt are:

Bangladesh   star-a.gif   animated large gold symbol of Islam 88%  
Bengali 98%, -- Muslim 88%; Hindu 11%; Christian, Buddhist, others 1%

Nigeria  
star-a.gif   animated large gold symbol of Islam      
Nigeria, which is Africa's most populous country, is composed of more than 250 ethnic groups; the following are the most populous and politically influential: Hausa and Fulani 29%, Yoruba 21%, Igbo (Ibo) 18%, Ijaw 10%, Kanuri 4%, Ibibio 3.5%, Tiv 2.5% -- Muslim 50%, Christian 40%, indigenous beliefs 10%
Uganda  
star-a.gif   66%   animated large gold symbol of Islam 20%
African 99%, European, Asian, Arab 1% -- Christian 66%, Muslim 16%, indigenous beliefs 18%
Indonesia   star-a.gif  animated large gold symbol of Islam 87%  
Javanese 45%, Sundanese 14%, Madurese 7.5%, Malays 7.5%, others 26% -- Muslim 87%, Protestant 6%, Catholic 3%, Hindu 2%, Buddhist and other 1%
Azerbaijan  
star-a.gif  animated large gold symbol of Islam 93%  
Azeri 90%, Dagestani Peoples 3.2%, Russian 2.5%, Armenians 2%, and other 2.3% --
Muslim 93.4% (majority Shia), Russian Orthodox 2.5%, Armenian Orthodox Church 2.3%, and other 1.8%
Bolivia  
star-a.gif   98%  
62% indigenous (primarily Aymara, Quechua, Guarani), 38% European and mixed -- Predominantly Roman Catholic; minority Protestant
Cameroon  
star-a.gif   53%   animated large gold symbol of Islam 22% - Indigenous beliefs 25%
African tribes About 250 -- Christian 53%, Muslim 22%, indigenous beliefs 25%
Kenya   star-a.gif   40% 30% animated large gold symbol of Islam 20%  
African tribes Kikuyu 21%, Luhya 14%, Luo 13%, Kalenjin 11%, Kamba 11%, Kisii 6%, Meru 5%. Non-African--Asian, European, Arab 1% -- Protestant 40%, Roman Catholic 30%, Muslim 20%Indigenous beliefs 10%, 
Ukraine  
star-a.gif   budded cross  75%
Ukrainians, Russians, Jews, Belarusians, Moldovans, Bulgarians, Poles, Hungarians, Romanians, Crimean Tatars -- Ukrainian Orthodoxy, Ukrainian Greek Catholicism, Judaism, Roman Catholicism, Islam
Tanzania   star-a.gif   animated large gold symbol of Islam 45% 45%   
Mainland (Tanganyika) - native African 99% (of which 95% are Bantu consisting of more than 130 tribes), other 1% (consisting of Asian, European, and Arab); Zanzibar - Arab, native African, mixed Arab and native African -- Tanganyika - Christian 30%, Muslim 35%, indigenous beliefs 35% -- Zanzibar - more than 99% Muslim
Ecuador   star-a.gif   98%  
Indigenous 25%, Mestizo (mixed Indian and Spanish) 55%, White 10%, African 10% -- Predominantly Roman Catholic, but religious freedom recognized
Pakistan  
star-a.gif   animated large gold symbol of Islam 97%  
Punjabi, Sindhi, Pathan (Pushtun), Baloch, Muhajir (Urdu-speaking immigrants from India and their descendants), Saraiki, Hazara -- Muslim 97%; minorities of Christians, Hindus, and others
Russia  
star-a.gif   budded cross  60%
Russian 81%, Tatar 4%, Ukrainian 3%, other 12% -- Russian Orthodox, Islam, Judaism, Roman Catholicism, Protestant, Buddhist
Nicaragua  
star-a.gif     90%
Mestizo (mixed European and indigenous) 69%, White 17%, Black 9% (Jamaican origin), indigenous 5% -- Roman Catholic, with growing percentage of Evangelical Protestants
Ivory Coast   star-a.gif    
Vietnam  
star-a.gif   gold buddhist wheel animated 
Vietnamese (85%-90%), Chinese (3%), Hmong, Thai, Khmer, Cham, mountain groups -- Buddhism, Hoa Hao, Cao Dai, Christian (predominantly Roman Catholic, some Protestant), indigenous beliefs, Islam
Zambia   star-a.gif     30%
Greek cross25% 15% animated large gold symbol of Islam 10%
African tribes more than 70 tribal groups -- Christian, indigenous beliefs, Muslim, Hindu
Honduras  
star-a.gif   80%
90% mestizo (mixed Indian and European); others of European, Arab, African, or Asian ancestry; and indigenous Indians -- Roman Catholic, Protestant minority
India   star-a.gif   animated gold OM, large  81%  animated large gold symbol of Islam 12%
Indo-Aryan 72%, Dravidian 25%, Mongoloid 2%, others -- Hindu 81.3%, Muslim 12%, Christian 2.3%, Sikh 1.9%, other groups including Buddhist, Jain, Parsi 2.5%
Kazakhstan  
star-a.gif    animated large gold symbol of Islam 47%  budded cross 44% 
53.4% Kazakh, 30% Russian, 3.7% Ukrainian, 2.5% Uzbek, 2.4% German, 1.4% Uyghur, 6.6% other --  47% Sunni Muslim, 44% Russian Orthodox, 2%, Protestant, 7% other
Uzbekistan  
star-a.gif   animated large gold symbol of Islam 88%
Uzbek 80%, Russian 5.5%, Tajik 5%, Kazakh 3%, Karakalpak 2.5%, Tatar 1.5%, other 2.5% --  Moslem 88% (Sunni), Eastern Orthodox 9%, other 3%

Source: Derived from Transparency International's Global Corruption Report 2001. An explanation of the methodology used and the complete tabulation is found in the Data and Research section of the Report, pp 10-14.

Ethnicity and Religion sources: US State Department & the Central Intelligence Agency. 


FATF Money Laundering Around the World: 

The World's Least Cooperative Jurisdictions

In its annual report of the countries and territories that fail to meet its criteria for combating money laundering, the Financial Action Task Force on Money Laundering (FATF) lists the following countries and territories as the least cooperative:

Cook Islands   star-a.gif    80%
Egypt  
star-a.gif   animated large gold symbol of Islam
90%
Hungary  
star-a.gif   68%  
Israel  
star-a.gif   anamated large gold Star of David 80%  
Marshall Islands  
star-a.gif     80%
Nauru  
star-a.gif     
80%
Dominica  
star-a.gif  
80%
Guatemala  
star-a.gif  
80%   
Indonesia  
star-a.gif   animated large gold symbol of Islam 87%  
Lebanon  
star-a.gif   animated large gold symbol of Islam  budded cross  
Burma (Myanmar)  
star-a.gif   gold buddhist wheel animated
89%
Nigeria  
star-a.gif   animated large gold symbol of Islam        
Philippines  
star-a.gif 
89%

2003 Report


As you can see the Vikings obviously did little or no rape, pillage and looting of the least productive, or the most corrupt, countries in the world.  Now I am not claiming that these countries were not raped, pillaged and looted by someone or another, at some time or another, but they just did not have the luck for it to have been the Vikings who did it.  There are also countries that were raped, pillaged and looted by the Vikings in the middle of both lists (i.e.: Spain, Portugal, Italy and Russia, etc.), but obviously they were not raped, pillaged and looted often enough for it to have a really lasting effect.  Therefore, as I stated before and have, I believe without any doubt whatsoever, now proved, at least to myself: 

All successful countries in the world today are those nations whose citizens are the descendents of ancestors who were raped, pillaged and looted by the Vikings; or they are nations that were established as trading posts or independent entities, built without any consideration of, or input from, the indigenous local population, by the descendents of ancestors who were raped, pillaged and looted by the Vikings.

I leave you to ponder the above, but advise you against developing Cassandra-like tendencies to broadcast this reasoning beyond your immediate family, especially if you happen to be living in a country founded by the descendants of ancestors who were raped, pillaged and looted by the Vikings; or a nation established by the descendants of ancestors who were NOT raped, pillaged and looted by the Vikings.

So much for academic, socio-economic theories!

 


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