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    Post Which country has the most post-capitalist culture (green vMeme of Spiral Dynamics)?

    I have mentioned and summarised the concept of Spiral Dynamics in this thread. I find the concept fascinating and extremely useful to study the evolution of societies in history, but also to understand the current socio-political situation in modern countries and forecast how societies are going to evolve.

    Here is a chart giving a quick overview of the evolution of vMemes.



    The chart is an oversimplification as people within a same country move up the colour spiral at their own pace and settle at one level based on their specific needs. Not everyone in an orange dominated society will reach the orange vMeme. In fact, in most developed countries today a good part of the population (around 30-50%) is still in the blue (Order). That includes a majority of people who work at lower levels of the administration/bureaucracy, in the police and army, for religious organisations, but also lots of school teachers, hospital staff, clerks, secretaries, and anyone working in a very structured and hierarchical environment following rules from above (a boss, the state, one's religion).

    People in the orange vMeme (Prosperity) are more self-driven, independent, competitive and ambitious. They include entrepreneurs, investors, bankers, stock brokers/traders, managers, directors, lawyers, realtors, accountants, consultants, advisers, marketers, sales people, programmers, software developers, etc. They make up 20-35% of the working population in developed countries.

    What interests me here is to determine the percentage of people who have reached the green vMeme (Community) in various countries. The green includes the post-modern philosophy (relativism, subjectivism, pluralism), post-capitalist economy (sharing economy, participatory economics, commons-based peer production, open-source development), responsible and sustainable capitalism, ethical consumerism, concern for ecology and social fairness, egalitarianism, multiculturalism...

    To assess how much a society has adopted the values of the green vMeme, I am going to give scores relating to ecology, fair trade, and collaborative/peer production.


    1. Consumption of Fairtrade products by country


    Country Fairtrade retail (in €/capita - 2015) GDP per capita 2017 Balanced Fairtrade score
    United Kingdom 33.9 39,758 8.526585844 85.27
    Ireland 54.2 69,604 7.786908798 77.87
    Switzerland 57.7 80,101 7.2034057 72.03
    Finland 31.7 45,670 6.94109919 69.41
    Sweden 36.1 54,043 6.679866033 66.80
    Austria 21.6 47,718 4.526593738 45.27
    Denmark 18.1 57,533 3.146020545 31.46
    New Zealand 13.77 42,936
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    32.07
    Netherlands 13.2 48,754 2.707470156 27.07
    Germany 12 44,976 2.668089648 26.68
    Belgium 10.2 43,289 2.356256786 23.56
    Norway 15.6 75,295 2.07185072 20.72
    Luxembourg 19.2 106,806 1.797651817 17.98
    France 6.7 38,415 1.744110374 17.44
    Canada 7.6 44,974 1.689865255 16.90
    Australia 9.6 57,613 1.666290594 16.66
    Portugal 2.7 18,882 1.42993327 14.30
    Estonia 2.5 19,793 1.263072804 12.63
    Italy 1.6 32,747 0.4885943751 4.89
    United States 2.9 60,055 0.4828906835 4.83
    Czechia 0.8 20,326 0.3935845715 3.94
    Latvia 0.4 15,625 0.256 2.56
    Spain 0.6 28,354 0.2116103548 2.12
    Lithuania 0.3 16,450 0.1823708207 1.82
    Japan 0.6 38,220 0.1569858713 1.57
    Slovakia 0.2 17,552 0.1139471285 1.14
    Hong Kong 0.4 61,000 0.06557377049 0.66
    South Korea 0.1 30,025 0.03330557868 0.33

    The 'balanced score' column is the € spent on Fairtrade products per $10,000 of GDP.

    Source of Fairtrade retail data (for 2015). Source for New Zealand. Countries that aren't listed above have consumption of Fairtrade products under 0.1€ per person.

    The GDP per capita (nominal) figures are from the United Nations for 2017.

    When it comes to ethical consumption, the UK, Ireland top the list, followed by Germanic countries.
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    2. Peer Production : Wikipedia users & articles per 1000 speakers

    Language Wikipedia users No of Speakers Users per 1000 speakers Articles/1000 speakers Average users+articles/1000 Wikipedia score
    Basque 113,632 750,000 151.5093333 482 316.7546667 31.68
    Swedish 735,785 9,197,090 80.00193539 405.6 242.8009677 24.28
    Icelandic 74,322 330,000 225.2181818 151.8 188.5090909 18.85
    Norwegian 604,819 4,453,000 135.8228161 215.5 175.661408 17.57
    Estonian 141,859 1,105,400 128.3327302 190.2 159.2663651 15.93
    Welsh 61,943 965,000 64.18963731 135.7 99.94481865 9.99
    Hebrew 658,170 5,302,770 124.1181496 50.8 87.45907479 8.75
    Finnish 454,977 5,392,180 84.37719067 90.4 87.38859534 8.74
    Slovenian 192,050 2,085,160 92.10324388 80.9 86.50162194 8.65
    Dutch 1,082,965 21,944,690 49.34975158 92.1 70.72487579 7.07
    Catalan 361,022 7,200,000 50.14194444 90.4 70.27097222 7.03
    Macedonian 89,303 1,407,810 63.43398612 75.6 69.51699306 6.95
    Latvian 92,267 1,552,260 59.44042879 65.9 62.6702144 6.27
    Danish 384,044 5,522,490 69.541819 47.1 58.3209095 5.83
    Galician 109,048 2,355,000 46.30488323 70 58.15244161 5.82
    Lithuanian 144,747 3,001,860 48.21910416 66.7 57.45955208 5.75
    Serbian 268,347 8,957,906 29.95644295 71 50.47822147 5.05
    English 39,433,068 505,000,000 78.08528317 12.1 45.09264158 4.51
    Scots 72,983 1,500,000 48.65533333 38.35 43.50266667 4.35
    Spanish 5,894,754 74,980,460 78.6172024 3.4 41.0086012 4.10
    Slovak 190,884 5,187,740 36.79521333 45.1 40.94760666 4.09
    French 3,837,876 74,980,460 51.1850154 29.8 40.4925077 4.05
    Croatian 240,709 5,752,090 41.84722423 38.1 39.97361211 4.00
    German 3,503,083 78,245,280 44.7705344 31.3 38.0352672 3.80
    Hungarian 450,671 12,606,130 35.75014695 37.5 36.62507348 3.66
    Czech 503,416 13,373,480 37.64285736 34.2 35.92142868 3.59
    Bulgarian 273,751 8,157,770 33.55708729 32.4 32.97854365 3.30
    Polish 1,044,638 38,663,780 27.01851707 36.7 31.85925854 3.19
    Italian 2,001,890 63,655,047 31.44903813 25.4 28.42451906 2.84
    Irish 43,814 1,930,000 22.7015544 27.4 25.0507772 2.51
    Romanian 527,008 23,782,990 22.15903047 17.2 19.67951523 1.97
    Malay 258,192 15,848,500 16.29125785 21.6 18.94562892 1.89
    Greek 307,634 13,432,940 22.90146461 13.4 18.1507323 1.82
    Russian 2,793,088 167,332,230 16.69187102 9.8 13.24593551 1.32
    Japanese 1,660,074 125,000,000 13.280592 9.7 11.490296 1.15
    Turkish 1,200,107 70,805,930 16.94924422 5 10.97462211 1.10
    Portuguese 2,432,890 220,000,000 11.05859091 4.7 7.879295455 0.79
    Korean 634,118 77,166,230 8.21755838 6.5 7.35877919 0.74
    Arabic 1,893,097 315,421,300 6.001804571 3.3 4.650902285 0.47
    Cantonese 203,609 62,221,560 3.272322327 1.4 2.336161163 0.23
    Chinese 2,967,583 1,197,294,060 2.478574896 0.9 1.689287448 0.17

    The main problem with these statistics is that they are by language and not by country. It is fine for most countries, but not for languages spoken in many countries like English, Spanish and Portuguese. That's why I added regional languages like Basque, Catalan, Galician, Welsh, Irish and Scots to get a better idea of the local European production in these countries.
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    3. Ecology score

    Country Recycling rate (2018) CO2 emissions per capita (2018) Ecology score (Recycling - CO2)
    Germany 67.3 9.1 58.2
    Slovenia 58.9 7.5 51.4
    Austria 57.7 8.2 49.5
    Switzerland 52.5 4.8 47.7
    Lithuania 52.5 5 47.5
    Netherlands 55.9 9.5 46.4
    Belgium 54.6 9.2 45.4
    South Korea 59 13.6 45.4
    Denmark 49.9 5.8 44.1
    Italy 49.8 5.8 44
    Sweden 45.8 4.5 41.3
    Australia 58 16.8 41.2
    France 44 5 39
    United Kingdom 44.1 5.6 38.5
    Finland 42.3 8.8 33.5
    Luxembourg 50.1 16.9 33.2
    Ireland 40.4 7.7 32.7
    Hungary 37.4 5.4 32
    Norway 40.7 9.4 31.3
    Spain 36 6 30
    Slovakia 36.3 7 29.3
    Poland 34.3 8.8 25.5
    Bulgaria 31.5 6.3 25.2
    Czechia 34.5 10.4 24.1
    Portugal 28.9 5.1 23.8
    Latvia 25.2 4.1 21.1
    Croatia 25.3 4.7 20.6
    United States 35.2 16.1 19.1
    Estonia 28 14 14
    Iceland 25.8 12.1 13.7
    Greece 18.9 6.5 12.4
    Japan 21 9.4 11.6
    Israel 19 7.9 11.1
    Cyprus 16.1 6.3 9.8
    Peru 11 1.8 9.2
    Costa Rica 10 1.8 8.2
    Canada 24 16.1 7.9
    Turkey 11.5 4.4 7.1
    Romania 11.1 4.1 7
    Argentina 11 4.7 6.3
    Uruguay 8 2.8 5.2
    Malta 6.5 3.5 3
    Mexico 5 3.8 1.2
    Montenegro 5.5 6.3 -0.8
    Brazil 1 2.4 -1.4
    Chile 1 4.6 -3.6
    North Macedonia 0 3.9 -3.9
    Russia 7 12.1 -5.1
    Serbia 0.3 6.3 -6
    Bosnia & Herzegovina 0 7.8 -7.8
    China 30 7.2 22.8
    Taiwan 55 10.3 44.7
    Singapore 59 4.3 54.7
    Qatar 1 44 -43
    Kuwait 11 23.9 -12.9
    Saudi Arabia 1 18.6 -17.6
    New Zealand 58 7.1 50.9
    Hong Kong 30 5.7 24.3
    Malaysia 21 8 13

    It was not easy to choose data that would reflect the environmental awareness, concern and action of individual citizens, as opposed to governments and companies.

    I wanted to include solar panels penetration by country, but that would have given an unfair advantage to sunnier countries where PV panels are more useful and profitable. What's more, I could not find data on the percentage of residential homes equipped with PV, as opposed to companies and industries.

    Likewise the total renewable energy produced in a country per capita is not a good indicator as it depends on government policies (just a few people) and the natural resources and opportunities available in each country, rather than actual desire to switch to renewable energy.

    I wish I could have added the percentage of people donating to environmental charities (as opposed to all charities, which may be motivated by religion or other concerns in the blue vMeme), but I could not find such data.

    That's why I had to settle for municipal waste recycling rates and CO2 emissions per capita. Nevertheless combining the two gives a surprising realistic score of environmental concern by country.
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    4. Social Progress & Gender Equality

    Country Social Progress Gender Inequality Social score
    Norway 90.95 0.044 86.55
    Switzerland 89.89 0.037 86.19
    Denmark 90.09 0.04 86.09
    Sweden 89.45 0.04 85.45
    Finland 89.56 0.05 84.56
    Netherlands 88.31 0.041 84.21
    Iceland 89.29 0.057 83.59
    France 87.79 0.051 82.69
    Belgium 86.77 0.045 82.27
    Canada 88.81 0.083 80.51
    Germany 88.84 0.084 80.44
    Spain 87.47 0.074 80.07
    Luxembourg 87.66 0.078 79.86
    South Korea 85.61 0.058 79.81
    Austria 86.4 0.073 79.1
    Portugal 87.12 0.081 79.02
    Slovenia 85.8 0.069 78.9
    Italy 85.69 0.069 78.79
    Ireland 87.97 0.093 78.67
    Japan 88.34 0.099 78.44
    Australia 88.02 0.103 77.72
    Singapore 83.23 0.065 76.73
    United Kingdom 87.98 0.119 76.08
    New Zealand 88.93 0.133 75.63
    New Zealand 88.93 0.133 75.63
    Estonia 83.98 0.091 74.88
    Cyprus 83.14 0.086 74.54
    Israel 81.44 0.1 71.44
    Czech Republic 84.36 0.137 70.66
    Greece 82.48 0.122 70.28
    Poland 81.25 0.12 69.25
    Lithuania 81.3 0.124 68.9
    Croatia 79.21 0.122 67.01
    United States 83.62 0.182 65.42
    Latvia 80.42 0.169 63.52
    Malta 82.63 0.195 63.13
    Slovakia 80.43 0.19 61.43
    Serbia 71.59 0.161 55.49
    North Macedonia 68.92 0.145 54.42
    Bulgaria 76.17 0.218 54.37
    Hungary 78.77 0.258 52.97
    Costa Rica 80.65 0.285 52.15
    Chile 80.02 0.288 51.22
    Uruguay 77.77 0.275 50.27
    Qatar 69.37 0.202 49.17
    China 64.54 0.163 48.24
    Malaysia 74.17 0.274 46.77
    Russia 69.71 0.255 44.21
    Romania 74.81 0.316 43.21
    Saudi Arabia 63.95 0.224 41.55
    Argentina 76.86 0.354 41.46
    Mexico 71.51 0.334 38.11
    Turkey 67.49 0.305 36.99
    Brazil 72.87 0.386 34.27
    Peru 71.31 0.381 33.21

    The reflection of egalitarian, fairness and equal opportunities can be encapsulated in a combination of two indices. The first is the Social Progress Index, a complex index that takes into account basic human needs, health, environment, education, access to information, personal rights, personal freedoms and choices, social inclusiveness of LGBT and ethnic minorities, equal opportunities by gender and socioeconomic status, etc. The second is the United Nations' Gender Inequality Index, a negative score which I deducted (after multiplying by 100 as it is was rated on 1 and not 100) to obtain an overall social score. I know that gender equality was already included in the social progress index, but I felt it was important to give it more weight as gender equality is a very important value of the green vMeme.
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    Overall score

    I gave a score on 100 for the first 3 categories, made an average in % then added a custom Wikipedia score to the total as a bonus. In other words: (ecology + social + fairtrade)/3 + Wikipedia.

    Unsurprisingly Sweden tops the ranking for all values associated with the green vMeme. Note that I don't have Fairtrade data for Iceland and Israel, so their overall score is a bit different than what it should be.

    The levels of the spiral are about values and mindset. Even though the 6th level, or green vMeme, corresponds to a postmodern society, the four factors taken into account in my assessment are purely about values and not wealth or GDP per capita. That's why countries like Slovenia, Estonia and Lithuania can outperform economic powerhouses like the United States or Australia. In fact Luxembourg, which has the highest GDP per capita in the Western world, only gets an average score here. Countries obsessed with making money are often dominated by the orange vMeme (5th level). With too many people stuck in the orange mindset, it's only logical that fewer move on the to green level of consciousness, which is about quality of life rather than getting rich at all costs.

    Country Ecology score Social score Fairtrade score Wikipedia score Overall score
    Sweden 41.3 85.45 66.8 24.28 88.80
    Switzerland 47.7 86.19 72.03 3.9 72.54
    Finland 33.5 84.56 69.41 8.74 71.23
    United Kingdom 38.5 76.08 85.27 4.4 71.02
    Iceland 13.7 83.59 18.85 67.50
    Ireland 32.7 78.67 77.87 3.51 66.59
    Norway 31.3 86.55 20.72 17.57 63.76
    Austria 49.5 79.1 45.27 3.8 61.76
    Denmark 44.1 86.09 31.46 5.83 59.71
    Netherlands 46.4 84.21 27.07 7.07 59.63
    Germany 58.2 80.44 26.68 3.8 58.91
    Belgium 45.4 82.27 23.56 6 56.41
    Slovenia 51.4 78.9 0 8.65 52.08
    France 39 82.69 17.44 4.05 50.43
    Israel 11.1 71.44 8.75 50.02
    Estonia 14 74.88 12.63 15.93 49.77
    Australia 41.2 77.72 16.66 4.5 49.69
    Luxembourg 33.2 79.86 17.98 3.9 47.58
    Italy 44 78.79 4.89 2.84 45.40
    Lithuania 47.5 68.9 1.82 5.75 45.16
    Portugal 23.8 79.02 14.3 5.7 44.74
    South Korea 45.4 79.81 0.33 0.74 42.59
    Spain 30 80.07 2.12 3.8 41.20
    Canada 7.9 80.51 16.9 4.5 39.60
    Czechia 24.1 70.66 3.94 3.59 36.49
    Latvia 21.1 63.52 2.56 6.27 35.33
    Poland 25.5 69.25 0 3.19 34.77
    Slovakia 29.3 61.43 1.14 4.09 34.71
    United States 19.1 65.42 4.83 4.5 34.28
    Croatia 20.6 67.01 0 4 33.20
    Hungary 32 52.97 0 3.66 31.98
    Japan 11.6 78.44 1.57 1.15 31.69
    Cyprus 9.8 74.54 0 1.82 29.93
    Bulgaria 25.2 54.37 0 3.3 29.82
    Greece 12.4 70.28 0 1.82 29.38
    North Macedonia -3.9 54.42 0 6.95 23.79
    Serbia -6 55.49 0 5.05 21.55
    Romania 7 43.21 0 1.97 18.71
    Turkey 7.1 36.99 0 1.1 15.80
    Russia -5.1 44.21 0 1.32 14.36
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    5. LGBT Acceptance

    I am going to add a 5th dimension: social acceptance of LGBT people based on a 2019 global report of the same name by the Williams Institute at UCLA. The data is for the period 2014-2017.

    Country UCLA 2017 Score in percent
    Iceland 8.9 89
    Netherlands 8.6 86
    Canada 8.2 82
    Norway 8.2 82
    Spain 8.1 81
    Belgium 7.9 79
    Denmark 7.9 79
    Ireland 7.9 79
    Sweden 7.9 79
    Luxembourg 7.7 77
    United Kingdom 7.7 77
    Malta 7.6 76
    Uruguay 7.6 76
    New Zealand 7.5 75
    Finland 7.4 74
    Germany 7.4 74
    Switzerland 7.4 74
    Australia 7.3 73
    United States 7.2 72
    France 7.1 71
    Argentina 6.9 69
    Austria 6.8 68
    Brazil 6.8 68
    Chile 6.7 67
    Hong Kong 6.5 65
    Italy 6.4 64
    Portugal 6.4 64
    Mexico 6.3 63
    Costa Rica 6.1 61
    Czechia 6 60
    Slovenia 5.9 59
    Taiwan 5.7 57
    Israel 5.4 54
    Peru 5.3 53
    Croatia 5.2 52
    Cyprus 5.1 51
    Greece 5 50
    Slovakia 5 50
    Estonia 4.9 49
    Hungary 4.9 49
    Japan 4.9 49
    South Korea 4.9 49
    Poland 4.8 48
    Singapore 4.8 48
    Bulgaria 4.6 46
    Latvia 4.4 44
    Turkey 4.4 44
    Serbia 4.2 42
    Malaysia 4.2 42
    Lithuania 4.1 41
    Romania 4.1 41
    China 3.9 39
    Kuwait 3.5 35
    Russia 3.4 34
    Qatar 3.2 32
    North Macedonia 3 30
    Saudi Arabia 3 30

    Here is the new overall score with all 5 dimensions.

    UPDATE

    I have added 7 Latin American countries + China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Kuwait.

    Country Ecology score Social score Fairtrade score LGBT score TOTAL Wikipedia score Overall score
    Sweden 41.3 85.45 66.8 79 68.14 24.28 92.42
    Iceland 13.7 83.59 89 62.10 18.85 80.95
    Finland 33.5 84.56 69.41 74 65.37 8.74 74.11
    Switzerland 47.7 86.19 72.03 74 69.98 3.9 73.88
    United Kingdom 38.5 76.08 85.27 77 69.21 4.4 73.61
    Norway 31.3 86.55 20.72 82 55.14 17.57 72.71
    Ireland 32.7 78.67 77.87 79 67.06 3.51 70.57
    Netherlands 46.4 84.21 27.07 86 60.92 7.07 67.99
    Denmark 44.1 86.09 31.46 79 60.16 5.83 65.99
    Austria 49.5 79.1 45.27 68 60.47 3.8 64.27
    Germany 58.2 80.44 26.68 74 59.83 3.8 63.63
    Belgium 45.4 82.27 23.56 79 57.56 6 63.56
    New Zealand 50.9 75.63 32.07 75 58.40 4.5 62.90
    Singapore 54.7 76.73 48 59.81 0.17 59.98
    Australia 41.2 77.72 16.66 73 52.15 4.5 56.65
    France 39 82.69 17.44 71 52.53 4.05 56.58
    Slovenia 51.4 78.9 0 59 47.33 8.65 55.98
    Luxembourg 33.2 79.86 17.98 77 52.01 3.9 55.91
    Israel 11.1 71.44 54 45.51 8.75 54.26
    Estonia 14 74.88 12.63 49 37.63 15.93 53.56
    Spain 30 80.07 2.12 81 48.30 3.8 52.10
    Canada 7.9 80.51 16.9 82 46.83 4.5 51.33
    Taiwan 44.7 57 50.85 0.17 51.02
    Portugal 23.8 79.02 14.3 64 45.28 5.7 50.98
    Italy 44 78.79 4.89 64 47.92 2.84 50.76
    Malta 3 63.13 76 47.38 47.38
    Lithuania 47.5 68.9 1.82 41 39.81 5.75 45.56
    United States 19.1 65.42 4.83 72 40.34 4.5 44.84
    South Korea 45.4 79.81 0.33 49 43.64 0.74 44.38
    Czechia 24.1 70.66 3.94 60 39.68 3.59 43.27
    Slovakia 29.3 61.43 1.14 50 35.47 4.09 39.56
    Latvia 21.1 63.52 2.56 44 32.80 6.27 39.07
    Croatia 20.6 67.01 0 52 34.90 4 38.90
    Poland 25.5 69.25 0 48 35.69 3.19 38.88
    Hungary 32 52.97 0 49 33.49 3.66 37.15
    Uruguay 5.2 50.27 0 76 32.87 4.10 36.97
    Japan 11.6 78.44 1.57 49 35.15 1.15 36.30
    Cyprus 9.8 74.54 0 51 33.84 1.82 35.66
    Greece 12.4 70.28 0 50 33.17 1.82 34.99
    Bulgaria 25.2 54.37 0 46 31.39 3.3 34.69
    Costa Rica 8.2 52.15 0 61 30.34 4.10 34.44
    Argentina 6.3 41.46 0 69 29.19 4.10 33.29
    Chile -3.6 51.22 0 67 28.66 4.10 32.76
    Hong Kong 24.3 0.66 65 29.99 0.23 30.22
    Mexico 1.2 38.11 0 63 25.58 4.10 29.68
    Peru 9.2 33.21 0 53 23.85 4.10 27.95
    Serbia -6 55.49 0 42 22.87 5.05 27.92
    China 22.8 48.24 0 39 27.51 0.17 27.68
    Malaysia 13 46.77 0 42 25.44 1.89 27.33
    North Macedonia -3.9 54.42 0 30 20.13 6.95 27.08
    Brazil -1.4 34.27 0 68 25.22 0.79 26.01
    Romania 7 43.21 0 41 22.80 1.97 24.77
    Turkey 7.1 36.99 0 44 22.02 1.1 23.12
    Russia -5.1 44.21 0 34 18.28 1.32 19.60
    Saudi Arabia -17.6 41.55 0 30 13.49 0.47 13.96
    Qatar -43 49.17 0 32 9.54 0.47 10.01
    Kuwait -12.9 0 35 7.37 0.47 7.84
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    I find it pretty impressive that, if LGBT acceptance is a good indication of other "cultural war" controversial topics in the modern era, opposing conservatives vs. progressives, Eastern Europe, right beside Western and Central European countries, is further from the average tolerance of societal outgroups (LGBTs and, I think very probably, different races, immigrants and ethnic minorities) in Western/Central Europeans than Latin America. If you list only the 40 countries with highest levels of acceptance of LGBTs and homosexuality, it's striking that only 2 countries could perhaps be described as Eastern European, but I personally think are culturally and geographically much more Central European than anything else (Slavic language notwithstanding): Czech Republic and Slovenia. On the other hand, there are several Latin American countries among the top 40, and even some African and Asian nations. But no Eastern European country. It's a striking contrast.

    By the way, it really surprises me that Brazil scores better than Italy and Portugal, because I think that even though Brazil has increased LGBT acceptance dramatically since especially the mid-late 1990s there is still a very large minority of relentlessly unaccepting people. :-o

    40 top countries in LGBT acceptance

    WESTERN/CENTRAL EUROPE

    Iceland
    Netherlands
    Norway
    Spain
    Belgium
    Ireland
    Sweden
    Denmark
    Great Britain
    Luxembourg
    Malta
    Germany
    Finland
    Switzerland
    France
    Austria
    Italia
    Portugal
    Czech Republic
    Slovenia

    NORTH AMERICA & ANGLO-SAXON OCEANIA (ANGLOSPHERE)
    Canada
    New Zealand
    Australia
    United States

    LATIN AMERICA

    Uruguay
    Puerto Rico
    Argentina
    Brazil
    Chile
    Mexico
    Costa Rica
    Cuba
    Colombia
    Venezuela

    ASIA
    Nepal
    Philippines
    Hong Kong

    AFRICA

    Cape Verde
    South Africa

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    Ygorcs, personally I am not surprised. Latin America is culturally close to Spain and Portugal and societal trends tend to spread around countries sharing a same language and close cultural affinities.

    There is also a moderate correlation with GDP per capita, so that wealthier countries in Latin America are generally the most progressive. That correlation tend to collapse in countries with very strong disparities between rich and poor like the USA and oil-rich Arab countries.

    Another factor in play in ethnic diversity in a society. Latin American countries are a melting pot of Europeans, Africans and Native Americans and someone growing up in such an environment would normally be more tolerant toward different-looking people (unless there is racial segregation like in the USA and South Africa until recently). A higher racial tolerance makes it easier to be more accepting of LGBT too. Countries like Russia, Poland, Hungary or Serbia are neither accepting towards other races nor towards LGBT. As you mentioned, Slovenia and Czechia are much closer to Central Europe culturally.

    On a side note, I have always been amazed at how socially advanced Costa Rica is compared relative to its GDP per capita. It's no wonder that it scores amongst the happiest countries in the world alongside Nordic countries.

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    I have just added seven Latin American countries to the overall score table above for the sake of comparison. Uruguay ranks first among them, between Hungary and Japan.

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    I wish I could have included data about the donations to environmental charities pe capita by country, but I could not find the data. The best I could find is the Greenpeace revenues by country (or group of countries) for years 2014 and 2015, but it's not possible to determine the exact numbers on the graph. Nevertheless we see that German members contribute far more than anybody else - almost twice more than the US members despite having a fourth of the population! Per capita, the Swiss, Dutch and Nordic do very well too, which is perfectly in line with the ecological and overall rankings above.



    UPDATE

    I zoomed on the chart and measured carefully with a ruler the height of each bar to determine the amount of donations by country for year 2015. I then divided by the population for each country and multiplied by 100, then divided that number by the GDP per capita and multiplied it by 20,000 to get a "Greenpeace score per capita adjusted for GDP per capita".

    Country Greenpeace Donations Population GDP per capita 2017 Score
    Switzerland 21,000,000 8500000 80,101 61.69
    New Zealand 6,000,000 4700000 42,936 59.47
    Netherlands 21,000,000 17000000 48,754 50.67
    Belgium 7,250,000 11000000 43,289 30.45
    Germany 56,000,000 82,000,000 44,976 30.37
    United Kingdom 33,500,000 66,000,000 39,758 25.53
    Nordic countries 21,000,000 27000000 61,120 25.45
    Australia 13000000 25000000 57,613 18.05
    France 19,000,000 66,000,000 38,415 14.99
    Greece 1250000 10500000 18,198 13.08
    Spain 8,500,000 46000000 28,354 13.03
    Canada 7,250,000 37000000 44,974 8.71
    Italy 7,250,000 60000000 32,747 7.38
    Mexico 3500000 126000000 8,967 6.20
    Brazil 4,000,000 206000000 9,821 3.95
    United States 32,000,000 327000000 60,055 3.26
    Czechia 250000 10500000 20,326 2.34
    Japan 1250000 126000000 38,220 0.52
    Russia 250000 144000000 10,956 0.32
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    I have just added China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Kuwait to the overall score table.

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    I have organised all the above posts into an article with sortable tables.


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