Singapore, a Malay, then British, trading port since the 14th century, has been an independent city-state since 1965, encompassing the island of Singapore and 54 small outlying islands. With a population of 6 million and a 100% urban environment, it is the most densely populated independent nation globally (along with Monaco); median age is 35.6 … More Singapore


Georgia, in the pivotal Caucasus area of Eurasia, has been a source of rivalry among regional powers for centuries. With a current population of just 4.3 million, 1/4 of whom live in the capital city of Tbilisi, the populace is 86.8% Georgian — and is rapidly aging, with a median age of 38.6, fertility rate … More Georgia


Switzerland, a landlocked country in central Europe, was formed as a confederation in 1291 specifically to protect its borders — which speaks even today to its famous ‘studied neutrality’ / non-involvement and independence / isolationism. The nation is not part of the EU nor Eurozone, and only joined the UN in 2002. Its population of … More Switzerland


The Philippines is a mountainous archipelago of 7000 islands — and 20 active volcanoes. The country has a median age of 24, life expectancy of 70, and a near-equal distribution of urban-to-rural; family size is on average 2.5 children, with first childbirth at age 22.5. Its population of 109 million includes nearly 100 culturally and … More Philippines


Zambia, an independent nation since 1964, with a stable democracy, is one of the youngest, and fastest growing, nations on earth, anticipated by UN to triple its population of 16.5 million by the year 2050. It is also one of the world’s most heavily indebted nations and has one of the highest levels of economic … More Zambia