Sunday, June 8, 2014

Honduras, Hungary, Iceland

One of the poorest countries in the Western hemisphere, Honduras suffers from widespread unemployment and limited economic development (agriculture, tourism, and money from emigrants).  Honduras has a democratic government, however the military controls most of the political power through its own autonomy and influence.  The population considers itself Christian (Catholic); however, non-religious beliefs are growing the fastest, followed by Muslim, Baha'i, and Buddhism.

Hungary's economy is based on agriculture, but has not been able to expand due to the struggles of switching from a communist to capitalist system.  As one of the few countries who rebelled against communism and the Soviet Union, it officially broke free in 1990 as its own nation.  It has grown politically in the last few decades, becoming part of both NATO and the EU.  Most consider themselves Christian (Catholic), but Christianity is on the decline.  Growing belief systems include Buddhism, Muslim, and non-religious.

Iceland has one of the highest standards of living in the world, with the average income per person being higher in Iceland than in the US.  Traditionally an agriculture and fishing-based economy, tourism, hydroelectricity, and aluminium industries now make up the bulk of the economy.  Financial and banking crises hit the nation in 2008-2009, leading to a total government collapse from which the country is still recovering.  Though there is religious freedom, the national church is Lutheran.  The population considers itself mostly Christian (Lutheran), but non-religious beliefs are growing faster in Iceland than most other countries with 18% annual growth.

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