United States compared to Benin

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If you moved to Benin from United States, you would..


make 96.2% less money


United States United States ($57,300 per capita)
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Benin Benin ($2,200 per capita)
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United States has a GDP per capita of $57,300, while in Benin, the GDP per capita is $2,200.
Category: United States vs. Benin - GDP Per Capita

live 17.9 years less


United States United States (79.8 years)
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Benin Benin (61.9 years)
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In United States, the life expectancy is (on average) 79.8 years. In Benin, the average life expectancy is 61.9 years.
Category: United States vs. Benin - Life Expectancy

consume 99.2% less electricty


United States United States (12,077 kWh per capita)
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Benin Benin (93 kWh per capita)
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United States consumes around 12,077 kWh per capita of electricity per year. In Benin, that number is 93 kWh per capita.
Category: United States vs. Benin - Electricity Consumption

have 2.8 times more babies


United States United States (12.5 babies per 1,000 people)
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Benin Benin (35.5 babies per 1,000 people)
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In United States, there are approximately 12.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Benin, that number is 35.5 babies per 1,000 people.
Category: United States vs. Benin - Birth Rate

be 2.5 times more likely to live below the poverty line


United States United States (15.1% of people)
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Benin Benin (37.4% of people)
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In United States, approximately 15.1% of people live below the poverty line. In Benin, that number is 37.4% of people.
Category: United States vs. Benin - Poverty Line

be 21.5% less likely to have access to improved drinking water


United States United States (99.2% of people)
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Benin Benin (77.9% of people)
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In United States, 99.2% of people have access to clean drinking water. In Benin, 77.9% of people do.
Category: United States vs. Benin - Access to Drinking Water

be 9.3 times more likely to die in your infancy


United States United States (5.8 per 1,000 infants)
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Benin Benin (54.2 per 1,000 infants)
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In United States, approximately 5.8 per 1,000 infants die before they reach the age of one. In Benin, on the other hand, 54.2 per 1,000 infants do.
Category: United States vs. Benin - Infant Mortality

see 99.4% less coastline


United States United States (19,924 km)
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Benin Benin (121 km)
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United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In Benin, that number is 121 km.
Category: United States vs. Benin - Coastline

The statistics on this page are calculated using data sourced from The World Factbook (2017 data).


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A brief history of Benin

Benin is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 112,622 sq km. Present day Benin was the site of Dahomey, a West African kingdom that rose to prominence in about 1600 and over the next two and half centuries became a regional power, largely based on its slave trade. Coastal areas of Dahomey began to be controlled by the French in the second half of the 19th century; the entire kingdom was conquered by 1894. French Dahomey achieved independence in 1960; it changed its name to the Republic of Benin in 1975. A succession of military governments ended in 1972 with the rise to power of Mathieu KEREKOU and the establishment of a government based on Marxist-Leninist principles. A move to representative government began in 1989. Two years later, free elections ushered in former Prime Minister Nicephore SOGLO as president, marking the first successful transfer of power in Africa from a dictatorship to a democracy. KEREKOU was returned to power by elections held in 1996 and 2001, though some irregularities were alleged. KEREKOU stepped down at the end of his second term in 2006 and was succeeded by Thomas YAYI Boni, a political outsider and independent. YAYI, who won a second five-year term in March 2011, has attempted to stem corruption and has strongly promoted accelerating Benin's economic growth.

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