The Theosophical Society (Adyar)

Membership Statistics

MEMBERSHIP STATISTICS 2007/08
By Editor

* * *

Section/Area

Total Population 2008

TS Members 2007

%

Number of T.S. Members per
100.000 of T.P.

Members eligible to vote 2008

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Africa, East and Central

?

229

 

229

100,0

Africa, South

43,786,115

273

0.00062

0,62

233

85,3

Africa, West

?

245

 

 

196

80,0

America, Central

?

36

 

 

? (14)

 

Argentina +
Paraguay

40,677,348 + 6,831,306 = 47,508,654

316

0.00066

0,66

238

75,3

Asia , South-East

?

192

 

 

148

77,0

Australia

20,600,856

1,329

0.00645

6,45

908

68,3

Austria

8,205,533

62

0.00075

0,77

56

90,3

Belgium

10,403,951

97

0.00093

0,93

79

81,4

Bolivia

9,247,816

103

0.00111

1,11

92

89,3

Brazil

191,908,598

814

0.00042

0,42

572

70,2

Canada

33,212,696

197

0.00059

0,59

?

?

Chile

16,454,143

31

0.00018

0,18

20

64,5

Colombia

45,013,674

52

0.00011

0,11

40

76,9

Costa Rica

4,195,914

52

0.00123

1,23

45

86,5

Cuba

11,423,952

585

0.00512

5,12

303

51,7

Dominican Rep.

9,507,133

51

0.00053

0,53

38

74,5

England

50,763,000

998

0.00196

1,96

675

67,7

Finland

5,244,749

458

0.00873

8,73

382

83,4

France

64,057,790

387

0.00060

0,60

249

64,3

Germany

82,369,548

116

0.00014

0,14

98

84,4

Greece

10,722,816

55

0.00051

0,51

46

83,6

Hungary

9,930,915

32

0.00032

0,32

25

78,1

Iceland

304,367

370

0.12156

121,56

360

97,2

India

1,147,995,898

12,444

0.00108

1,08

9,061

72,8

Indonesia

237,512,355

241

0.00010

0,10

150

62,2

Ireland

4,156,119

48

0.00115

1,15

34

70,8

Italy

58,145,321

1,103

0.00189

1,89

1,087

98,5

Ivory Coast

18,373,060

29

0.00015

0,15

10

34,4

Mexico

109,955,400

159

0.00014

0,14

?

?

Netherlands

16,645,313

429

0.00257

2,57

357

83,2

New Zealand

4,173,460

982

0.02352

23,52

583

59,3

Norway

4,644,457

17

0.00036

0,3

14

82,3

Pakistan

167,762,040

89

0,00005

0,05

124 (?)*

?

Peru

29,180,899

25

0,00008

0,08

21

84,0

Philippines

92,681,453

315

0.00033

0,33

152

48,2

Portugal

10,676,910

228

0.00213

2,13

135

59,2

Puerto Rico

3,958,128

70

0.00176

1,76

43

61,4

Scotland

5,062,011

117

0.00231

2,31

92

78,6

Slovenia

2,007,711

71

0.00353

3,53

63

88,7

Spain

40,491,051

302

0.00074

0,74

261

86,4

Sri Lanka

21,128,773

169

0.00041

0,41

158

93,4

Sweden

9,045,389

162

0.00179

1,79

109

67,2

Switzerland

7,581,520

41

0.00054

0,54

41

100

Togo

5,858,673

37

0.00063

0,63

?

?

USA

303,824,646

4,072

0.00134

1,34

2,757

67,7

Uruguay

3,477,778

64

0.00184

1,84

34

53,1

Venezuela

26,414,815

48

0.00018

0,18

12

25,0

Wales

2,980,700

81

0.00271

2,71

36

44,4

Lodges att. to Adyar

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. Ecuador

13,927,650

15

0.00010

0,10

?

?

2. Israel

7,112,359

70

0.00098

0,98

59

84,2

3. Japan

127,288,419

69

0.00005

0,05

40

57,9

4. Singapore

4,608,167

336

0.00729

7,29

202

60,1

5. Ukraine

45,994,287

11

0.00002

0,02

15 (?)*

?

6. Croatia

4,491,543

12

0.00026

0,26

11

91,6

Fellows-at-Large

 

67

 

31

46,2

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total members

 

29,014

 

20,724

 

             

SOME COMMENTS OF MEMBERSHIP STATISTICS 2007/08
IN RELATION TO THE PRESIDENT ELECTIONS 2008

For the TS Membership Statistics 2007/08 data from the Summary of Statistics 2007 from Annual Report of the Theosophical Society 2007 and the Voting Results of President Election 2008 were used. It has been established that in the Voting Results of President Election 2008 some data are missing and that therefore it wasn’t possible to achieve complete results. Namely, in that document the following data aren’t available: number of members eligible to vote for the following sections: America-Central, Canada, Mexico, Togo and Ecuador, while the number of members eligible to vote in Pakistan (124) and in Ukraine (15) exceeds the number of members as reported in the Summary of Statistics 2007, where number of members in Pakistan was reported as being 89 and in Ukraine 11 (But as it was available only a copy of the document in question it is possible that these data are not 100 % correct.)

The TS Membership Statistics 2007/08 begins with the Total Population and number of TS members in relative countries. For now there are missing data for the regions of Africa East and Central, Africa West, America central and Asia South-East. Hopefully they will be completed with the help of local theosophists. The percentages and respectively the number of theosophists per every 100.000 of total population show that far ahead on the top of the list we find Iceland with 121,56 theosophists, followed by New Zealand (23,52), Finland (8,73), Singapore (7,29), Australia (6,45), Cuba (5,12), Slovenia (3,53), Wales (2,71), Netherlands (2,57), Scotland (2,31) and Portugal (2,13). There are several countries where number of theosophists per every 100.000 of total population is between 1 and 2 (Bolivia, Costa Rica, England, India, Ireland, Italy, Puerto Rico, Sweden, USA and Uruguay). While on the end of the list we find Pakistan, Peru, Japan and Ukraine.

The number of members eligible to vote compared with the total number of members gives us percentage showing certain steadiness of membership in relative country or, on the other hand, certain fluctuation of membership reasons of which can hardly be discovered without the comparison of detailed membership data for, at least, past two years. In some cases it is certainly due to the influx of new members. Hopefully these data will soon be available, so that more light can be thrown on the reasons for the difference between the total number of membership and the number of those who are eligible to vote.

So, we find this steadiness of membership in Africa, East and Central, Austria, Iceland, Italy, Sri Lanka and Croatia (between 90 and 100 %); then there are several sections where range of steadiness of membership is between 50 and 90%, and some sections where percentage is under 50%: Philippines (48, 2), Wales (44, 4), Ivory Coast (34, 4) and Venezuela (25, 0).

When we compare these data with the numbers of those who actually voted in the President Election 2008 we can not discover any overall pattern of the relation between the steadiness of membership and the level of abstention but there are some cases in which this relation can be very indicative. For instance, in Iceland, in the section with the highest percentage of TS members in Total Population and with very high membership steadiness only 16, 1 % of members eligible to vote did actually vote. In Italy, with equally high membership steadiness, this percentage is also quite low, 39, 7 %, while in Sri Lanka it is 42, 2 % and so on. Therefore, along with an overall high abstention of voters these data, in my opinion, additionally shows that there is present in TS membership certain disagreement with the policy of actual TS leadership and the choices available at the Elections 2008.

Section/Area

% of members eligible to vote

% of votes received

 

 

 

Africa, East and Central

100,0

61,6

Africa, South

85,3

66,9

Africa, West

80,0

22,9

America, Central

 

?

Argentina + Paraguay

75,3

78,6

Asia, South-East

77,0

61,5

Australia

68,3

44,9

Austria

90,3

51,8

Belgium

81,4

55,7

Bolivia

89,3

77,2

Brazil

70,2

66,3

Canada

?

-

Chile

64,5

90,0

Colombia

76,9

82,5

Costa Rica

86,5

73,3

Cuba

51,7

66,3

Dominican Rep.

74,5

86,8

England

67,7

51,5

Finland

83,4

57,3

France

64,3

59,0

Germany

84,4

69,4

Greece

83,6

50,0

Hungary

78,1

76,0

Iceland

97,2

16,1

India

72,8

75,7

Indonesia

62,2

54,0

Ireland

70,8

76,5

Italy

98,5

39,7

Ivory Coast

34,4

100,0

Mexico

?

?

Netherlands

83,2

46,5

New Zealand

59,3

50,0

Norway

82,3

64,3

Pakistan

?

55,6

Peru

84,0

95,2

Philippines

48,2

50,0

Portugal

59,2

51,1

Puerto Rico

61,4

46,5

Scotland

78,6

36,9

Slovenia

88,7

84,1

Spain

86,4

56,7

Sri Lanka

93,4

42,4

Sweden

67,2

47,7

Switzerland

100

46,3

Togo

?

?

USA

67,7

44,7

Uruguay

53,1

52,9

Venezuela

25,0

83,3

Wales

44,4

72,2

Lodges att. to Adyar

 

 

1. Ecuador

?

?

2. Israel

84,2

52,5

3. Japan

57,9

52,5

4. Singapore

60,1

95,5

5. Ukraine

?

100

6. Croatia

91,6

90,9

Fellows-at-Large

46,2

80,6


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