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The Fragile State Index 2015

The Fragile State Index 2015

The relative fragility of all nations according to 'Fragile States Index 2015' (in my interpretation BLUE=very stable GREEN=fairly stable YELLOW=barely stable RED=unstable BURGUNDY=very unstable).

The relative fragility of all nations according to 'Fragile States Index 2015' (in my interpretation BLUE=very stable GREEN=fairly stable YELLOW=barely stable RED=unstable BURGUNDY=very unstable).

During one of my many endlessly tangential online investigations, I came across this fragile state index and accompanying graphic. I couldn't help analyzing for trends and checking up on where specific countries of interest lie. I'll divide it up by what I found surprising and what I expected.

Summary of Expected Findings:

  • Scandinavia, Canada, Australia, and Germany are world leaders
  • North Korea, central Africa, and Somalia are scary places
  • Africa and the Middle East are hotspots of instability whereas Oceania, North America, and Europe are hotspots of stability
  • Degree of development and stability are somewhat interchangeable

Summary of Surprise Findings:

  • Russia is comparatively unstable
  • The countries with the largest economies do not have impressively stable ratings (none could really be considered world leaders and some are borderline unstable)
  • For the most part the Americas are faring in the range of ok to great, I expected more orange and red in the tropics
  • Portugal is a world leader despite persistently high poverty rates
  • Chile, Uruguay, Argentina and Oman are beacons of stability
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