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Why are some countries rich and some are poor?

Updated on July 27, 2015


The three most important factors that shapes the nation’s ability to be poor or rich are as follows:

1) Government constitution: This is by far the most important factor. The reason behind this is the constitution of the government decides the capitalism, the corruption levels and the economy. It doesn’t mean that a strong government means a strong economy, however, it does mean that a strong government will focus on the economical factors needed to enhance the economy. Furthermore, government constitution also imparts freedom of speech, privacy, rights and freedom to practice democracy. Furthermore, a strong government looks after the loopholes in the society and enhances workforce, work productivity and motivates the people to perform hard work. Nevertheless, a strong government doesn’t appreciate faulty labor markets, abuse of human rights and welfare and discrimination at workplaces.

For e.g The government of United states knows that the illegal immigration is causing internal damage to the labor workforce, however, the immigration system is still stands stagnant instead of taking proper measures. The result of this causes increased crime, decrease in the per capita income, increase percentage of people out of labor, doggy tax papers, discrimination at work in search of cheap labor and lack of human rights.


Criteria For a Strong Government Constitution

Some important facts about government constitution includes:

-Human Rights


-Freedom of speech

-Legal immigration

-Use of proper resources

-Better access to health care

-Strong economy


Religion and Lack of Education

2) Religion and lack of education: This was the most heated topics in the media when nigerian girls were abducted from the school just because they were going to school and getting education. I think education is of vital importance in any society. Lack of education causes irreligious human practices, faulty rules and regulations and narrow minded in the society. Few of the Islamic communities have taken religion as a safeguard to prohibit education in females. Lack of education in this kind of countries causes women abuse, female mutilation practices, child abuse, dowry and child marriages. A country can never progress if literacy is not the primary targeted goal. For a country to rise literacy & education are the stepping stone to build broad minded societies, preservation of rich cultural heritage and for progress of the nation.

Do you think Religion interferes the progress of a nation?

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Religion Vs Government

  • Religious leaders afraid to lose their position in the society
  • More education is might linked with increased atheist practice
  • to preserve the integrity of religious practices and religious leaders
  • To have dominating role in the society.


Technological progress

3) Technology: I think technology is the top most important factor for a nation to be quoted as rich or poor. Russia is rich because it has A+grade technology. Technology is a must to accelerate the existence of any science or engineering facts and to put them into practice. If a country has natural resources but lacks proper machineries then the natural resource are of no use. We have seen a live example of this and that is “The Dubai”. Dubai was never this prosperous and luxurious as we see today. The middle-east had rich oil resources which they were never aware off until the British gave them the technology to use those resources. The British Petroleum company planted their oil plants in Iran to excavate the oil and natural resources. Therefore, technology is the first that shapes the nation as rich by inducing high tech infrastructures and machineries.


Therefore, I think that government constitution, religion and technology are the most important facts that shapes a nation’s economy. Yes, geography, internal conflict, climate and other factors are still important, however, a nation makes it firm position in the world as rich or poor by constitution, religion and technology.

© 2014 Sweeta


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      Wild Bill 20 months ago

      I guess her silence is an admission of guilt, but she still continues to keep the lie on her Hub. What a nice and moral person! lol

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      Wild Bill 20 months ago

      Here is another article that says the victim was 31.

      I really can keep doing this all day. All anyone has to do is Google it. It is soooo easy. Why couldn't you just do that?

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      Wild Bill 20 months ago

      Tess said: "You are obviously a typical Republican."

      Yes, we actually research for facts and tell the truth. I am sorry you don't like that, but I understand why you would delete my comments when you get the chance; it is because the socialist agenda is to suppress the truth.

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      Wild Bill 20 months ago

      I actually haven't been able to find an article that says he raped a 13 year old. Are you sure you live in South Africa? I mean, because that is a pretty big accusation to misconstrue. I might be a dumb American Christian Republican, but I am pretty sure I would be able to distinguish whether or not my president was accused of raping a 13 year old or 31 year old.

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      Wild Bill 20 months ago

      Here is an article from the guardian that says the victim was a 31 year old.

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      Wild Bill 20 months ago

      Really? Because here is an article by the BBC that also says the alleged victim was a 31 year old woman.

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      Tessa Schlesinger 20 months ago from South Africa

      The girl was 13 years old as reported elsewhere internationally. I am living in South Africa. The typo was Greta's. For the rest, sorry not paying the same level of attention to you as you obviously paid to me. Where I can your posts will be deleted unread. You are obviously a typical Republican. Have no interest in discourse with you.

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      Wild Bill 21 months ago

      Guys, if you want to see Tess in action, go see her hub about Donald Trump. She said:

      "Jacob Zuma is the president of South Africa. He left school in his 8th year and is not fit to lead a country. When in court for raping a thirteen year old girl who was HIV positive, he was asked if he used a condom in order to avoid the infection, he famously said, “No, I washed.”

      Mr. Zuma doesn’t know any better. Nor does Donald Trump."

      If you go to the link, which she provides, it clearly states that it was a 31 year old woman, not a 13 year old girl. Keep in mind that this is the president of the country she lives in, so she either lied or is unable to read properly, which is ironic because she claims to be an author and ghostwriter. It is also ironic how she rails on the lack of intelligence and morals in Christians.

      Great job Tess. Way to be a hypocrite.

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      Wild Bill 21 months ago

      Tess said: "Wow! I can't help wondering at a) the level of your education and b) how many countries you have actually lived in and worked in."

      Wow! You have some nerve to question someone else about their education. Your bio has so many grammatical errors it looks like it was written by an elementary student. The funny thing is that you wonder why you don't make any money as a writer and have to open a Go Fund Me account so people can supplement your failed writing career. Let me tell you sweetheart, if it hasn't happened by now at your age, its not going to.

      You make absolutely no sense and you write as if you have some disability, so maybe you should stick to your own hubs so you can keep editing out the smart people who prove you wrong.

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      Tessa Schlesinger 21 months ago from South Africa

      Wow! I can't help wondering at a) the level of your education and b) how many countries you have actually lived in and worked in.

      So let's start.

      1. The major reason for American post WWII wealth is the result of being nominated the holder of the Reserve Currency. It was nominated because, at the time, its currency was backed by gold. Nixon removed that because the gold was spent. China now has it. What holding the reserve currency has done has enabled the American dollar to be worth more money than the currency of other countries. So while a doctor (with a world class education and skills) may earn the equivalent of $1000 a month in South Africa, his American equivalent might earn $30,000 a month. That has nothing to do with hard work, lack of brains, lack of religion, or anything else. It is simply the immoral and unethical use of foreign exchange to benefit the west at the expense of the third world.

      2. When countries are measured for wealth per capita (per person) America is number 13, so while the top 400 people own 62% of American wealth and make it the richest nation in the world, the reality is that half of Americans are living either on or below the poverty line making America approaching third world status. It also means that individuals in the twelve nations ahead of America are richer than Americans. All those countries are governed by democratic socialism (that thing that liberals and progressives in America are advocating) and b) are secular/atheist (that thing the highly intelligent and educated people accept as the more likely to be true).

      So your opinion is somewhat flawed because wealth has nothing to do with either capitalism or religion.

      I would suggest that you a) take a couple of years and go traveling internationally so that you can realize that you've been lied to in the same way that Soviet Russia lied to its citizens about the west and b) start reading the international media.

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      Sweeta 3 years ago

      Hi Mel Carriere

      I totally agree that constitution is a worthless scrap of paper. However, our lawmakers have failed to understand this and that is what is leading to chaos in the country. Thank you so much for stopping by!

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      Mel Carriere 3 years ago from San Diego California

      A Constitution is just a worthless scrap of paper if the people it represents don't believe in it and support it. The reasons why the Northern European countries are relatively wealthy is because they've had centuries to work out their democracies, which were only put into place after years of bloodshed and strife. On the other hand, the emerging democracies are just starting and are going to have to go through their own growing pains. Great hub!

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      Sweeta 3 years ago

      Thank you so much HSchneider. You are absolutely right about corruption. There are instances where the country has rich resources but corrupt governments. Nevertheless, having the biggest economy is one of the perk, however, the government sometimes doesn't know how to use those perks and end up exploiting the economy rather than making a generous use out of it.

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      Howard Schneider 3 years ago from Parsippany, New Jersey

      Excellent Hub and analysis, Christiansweta. A strong and honest government is key to the wealth of a nation. Many countries are poor yet rich in natural resources. Corrupt governments steal the wealth and pretend to care for their people.