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Sint Maarten

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Author(s): Ryan Andersen
I. Social Facts Sint Maarten comprises the southern third of the island of Sint Maarten/Saint-Martin and is a constituent country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Approximately 33,000 people inhabit Sint Maarten permanently, the majority of whom are Christian. The Roman Catholic Church comprises the largest denomination on the island, comprising roughly 40% of Sint Maarteners. Protestant denominations make up nearly 45% of Sint Maarten’s population, and the Jewish community comprises nearly 4% of Sint Maarteners. II. Historical Background The earliest known inhabita…

Angola

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Author(s): Ryan Andersen
I. Social Facts  The Republic of Angola occupies an area of 1.25 million square kilometers in southwest Africa between Namibia, Zambia, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Angola’s population is approximately 24.3 million, the majority of whom belong to the Ovimbundu, Kimbundu, and Bakongo ethnic groups. Mestizo and European-descended Angolans comprise approximately 4% of the population. While Portuguese is the Republic of Angola’s official language, the majority of Angolans speak Bantu and o…

Georgia

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Author(s): Ryan Andersen
I. Social Facts The Republic of Georgia is a predominantly urban, low-income, and Orthodox Christian society. The largest city in Georgia is the capital Tbilisi. Roughly 20% of the population resides in Tbilisi, and over half of the Georgian population lives in urban areas. The median income is approximately USD 6,100, and approximately one third of Georgians between ages 15 and 24 are unemployed. The largest religious group in the Republic of Georgia is the Georgian Orthodox Church. Orthodox Christianity, including the Armenian, Georgian, and Russian Orthod…

Belarus

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Author(s): Ryan Andersen
I. Social Facts The population of Belarus is approximately 9.6 million people. Orthodox Christianity, Roman Catholicism, and Protestantism comprise the country’s largest denominations. Only 58.9% of Belarusians identify themselves as believers, however. Approximately 80% of believers identify with either the Russian or the Belorusian Orthodox Church, 12% with the Roman Catholic Church, and the remaining 6% with some other religious group. Calvinist and Lutheran congregations are the largest Protest…

Aruba

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Author(s): Ryan Andersen
I. Social Facts The island nation of Aruba is a constituent country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands located 25 kilometers north of Venezuela. Aruba has an area of roughly 190 square kilometers and its name originates with the native Arawak language. The Dutch comprise the largest ethnic group on Aruba, making up approximately 80% of the population. Arubans with ethnic origins in Colombia, Venezuela, the Dominican Republic, and Haiti comprise roughly 12% of Aruba’s estimated 112,162 permanent …