Quality of Life Comparison

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If you lived in Zambia instead of Kenya, you would:

make 14.7% more money


Kenya ($3,400 per capita)
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Zambia ($3,900 per capita)
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Kenya has a GDP per capita of $3,400, while in Zambia, the GDP per capita is $3,900.
Category: Kenya vs. Zambia - GDP Per Capita

pay 16.7% more in taxes


Kenya (30% top marginal tax rate - Jan 2016)
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Zambia (35% top marginal tax rate - Jan 2016)
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In Kenya, citizens pay a top marginal tax rate (the highest tax rate you can pay) of 30%. In Zambia, the top marginal tax rate is 35%.
Category: Kenya vs. Zambia - Tax Rate

live 11.5 years less


Kenya (64 years)
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Zambia (52.5 years)
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In Kenya, the life expectancy is (on average) 64 years. In Zambia, the average life expectancy is 52.5 years.
Category: Kenya vs. Zambia - Life Expectancy

consume 4.4 times more electricity


Kenya (162 kWh per capita - 2014 est.)
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Zambia (709 kWh per capita - 2014 est.)
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Kenya consumes around 162 kWh per capita of electricity per year. In Zambia, that number is 709 kWh per capita.
Category: Kenya vs. Zambia - Electricity Consumption

have 66.5% more children


Kenya (25.1 babies per 1,000 people - 2016 est.)
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Zambia (41.8 babies per 1,000 people - 2016 est.)
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In Kenya, there are approximately 25.1 babies per 1,000 people. In Zambia, that number is 41.8 babies per 1,000 people.
Category: Kenya vs. Zambia - Birth Rate

be 39.4% more likely to live below the poverty line


Kenya (43.4% of people - 2012 est.)
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Zambia (60.5% of people - 2010 est.)
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In Kenya, approximately 43.4% of people live below the poverty line. In Zambia, that number is 60.5% of people.
Category: Kenya vs. Zambia - Poverty Line

be 2.2 times more likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


Kenya (5.9% of people - 2015 est.)
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Zambia (12.9% of people - 2015 est.)
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In Kenya, 5.9% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Zambia, that number is 12.9% of people.
Category: Kenya vs. Zambia - HIV/AIDS Prevalance

be 64.2% more likely to die in your infancy


Kenya (38.3 per 1,000 infants)
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Zambia (62.9 per 1,000 infants)
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In Kenya, approximately 38.3 per 1,000 infants die before they reach the age of one. In Zambia, on the other hand, 62.9 per 1,000 infants do.
Category: Kenya vs. Zambia - Infant Mortality

be 62.5% less likely to be unemployed


Kenya (40% of people - 2013 est.)
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Zambia (15% of people - 2008 est.)
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In Kenya, approximately 40% of people are unemployed. In Zambia, that number is 15% of people.
Category: Kenya vs. Zambia - Unemployment

The statistics above were calculated using The World Factbook, Revenue Authority, and Zambia Revenue Authority.


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A brief history of Zambia

Zambia is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 752,618 sq km. The territory of Northern Rhodesia was administered by the [British] South Africa Company from 1891 until it was taken over by the UK in 1923. During the 1920s and 1930s, advances in mining spurred development and immigration. The name was changed to Zambia upon independence in 1964. In the 1980s and 1990s, declining copper prices, economic mismanagement and a prolonged drought hurt the economy. Elections in 1991 brought an end to one-party rule, but the subsequent vote in 1996 saw blatant harassment of opposition parties. The election in 2001 was marked by administrative problems with three parties filing a legal petition challenging the election of ruling party candidate Levy MWANAWASA. MWANAWASA was reelected in 2006 in an election that was deemed free and fair. Upon his abrupt death in August 2008, he was succeeded by his vice president, Rupiah BANDA, who subsequently won a special presidential by-election in October 2008. Michael SATA was elected president in September 2011.

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