Five Of The Least Diverse Nations

November 1st, 2017 | S.P.
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The thralls of multiculturalism have taken our West by storm, but why only the far West? The moral primacy contained in our propensity for multiculturalism does not seem to be shared with other nations, not even those that attempt to share a stake in the same claims, those that call themselves modern, or those that call themselves members of the Western world.

5. Australia

Australia is a small commonwealth nation of almost 25,000,000 people, most of whom are Caucasian. More than 75% of Australia's population is of English, Irish, Scottish, German and Australian-born Caucasian ancestry. Although the nation's census does not collect data based on race, the nationalities of its citizens can be used to calculate the country's massive Caucasian majority.

Approximately 15% of Australia's population is made up of visible minorities, 3% of which is the nation's indigenous population. Approximately 8% of Australia's visible minorities are of Asian or Indian ancestry.

More than half of Australians (52%) practice a Christian-based religion, while 30% declare themselves irreligious or atheist. Only 2.6% of Australians practice Islam and even fewer practice Buddhism and Hinduism, which each make up less than 3% of Australia's population.

As of 2015, Australia had one of the lowest crime rates in the world and ranked 201st for intentional homicide rates globally. Australia has only one murder for every 100,000 citizens.

4. China

A nation of more than one billion people most often would be thought of as diverse, but so is not the case in China. Although there is diversity among its own ethnic Chinese population, which is broken down to groups like Han, Zhuang and Yi, the country does not have much racial, religious or cultural diversity in comparison to other nations. Even among its own ethnic breakdowns, the Han make up more than 90% of all Chinese citizens.

As of 2010, the nation's census showed only 1,020,000 immigrants from other countries and regions, most of which consisted of migrants from Hong Kong. Immigrants from countries like the United States, France and Canada accounted for less than 80,000.

China's population of non-Asian ethnics (like Caucasian, African or Middle Eastern) is below 3%.

The predominant religion in China is the folk religion of the Han people, which constitutes a wide range of varying beliefs. This religion compromises what is called the “three teachings” of Buddhism, Confucianism and Taoism. More than 73% of China follows these teachings. Sole Buddhism makes up another 15% of China while Christianity is practiced by less than 3% and Islam by less than 1%, respectively.

Mandarin is the most spoken language in China, making up more than 70% of the nation's tongue.

At the moment, China is ranked 83rd in the world for crime, while the United States is ranked 30th—with a crime rate three times higher than China.  

3. Japan

The Japanese have no ban on Islam or Muslim migrants as many have claimed over the years, nor do they ask of one's religious affiliations on their immigration documents, but the nation has still maintained a minimal degree of multiculturalism in comparison to other nations. As a matter of fact, Japan is one of the absolute least diverse countries in the world with a population made of more than 98% ethnic Japanese. However, these numbers may be a small bit skewed due to Japan's census method, which counts all of those born in Japan as “ethnically Japanese”. It is for this reason that we cannot, in good honesty, put Japan at the top of this list.

As of 2010, there were more than two million immigrants living in Japan—however, a majority were from ethnically Asian countries like China, the Philippines and Korea. Many Brazilians of Japanese ancestry make up much of Japan's immigrant population.

In 2000, Japan's immigration office reported that Japan was home to more than 6,000 Iranian immigrants, 9,000 French ex-pats, and various other small communities of Russians, Americans and Pakistanis. Japan's total population as of 2017 is estimated at 128 million.

Similar to China, Japan has folk religions, but based on Shinto, which make up more than 50% of Japan's faith. Buddhism makes up 35% while Christianity makes up only 2.5% and Islam only about 0.15%, respectively.

At the moment, Japan has one of the lowest global rates of crime among populous nations—a rate four times lower than the United States.

2. Finland

The bright and prospering nation of Finland has five and a half million residents, more than 95% of which are Caucasian. Broken into nationalities, the largest minorities of non-Finnish origin are of Russian and Swedish origin.

The largest visible minority in Finland is African, or more specifically, Somali. Residents of Somali descent make up only 0.5% of Finland's total population.

A large and vast majority of Finland's population practice some form of Christianity—73% Lutheran and the rest Orthodox Christian, with only 0.8% that practice a form of Islam. Finnish is the dominant language of Finland and it is spoken by more than 90% of the nation's inhabitants. The next two dominant languages are Swedish and Russian, spoken by only 5% and 1%, respectively.

Finland is fourth in the world for private firearm ownership, with over 1.6 million privately owned firearms among its residents. Finland currently places 169th in the world (immediately behind Canada) for intentional homicides, making it one of the safest countries in the world with only 1.6 murders for every 100,000 residents.

1. Iceland

The tiny, itsy-bitsy nation of Iceland is home to only 332,000 or so residents. Only 7% of those 332,000 residents are foreign-born—and of those foreign-born, most are from Caucasian majority nations. With Iceland's rapid growth in immigration since 2015, it is estimated that up to 15% of the nation's population will be foreign-born by 2030.

As of 2016, slightly under 80% of Iceland's residents practice a form of Christianity. 19% of the nation is irreligious while the remaining follow a bizarre form of Icelandic folklore and ancient Gaelic ritual.

There really is not much more we can say about this strange little island just East of Greenland, except that it has one of the world's lowest crime rates, with only one murder recorded between 2006 and 2009 and virtually non-existent levels of violent crime.