United States compared to Eritrea

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


make 97.7% less money


United States United States ($57,300 per capita)
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Eritrea Eritrea ($1,300 per capita)
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United States has a GDP per capita of $57,300, while in Eritrea, the GDP per capita is $1,300.
Category: United States vs. Eritrea - GDP Per Capita

live 14.9 years less


United States United States (79.8 years)
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Eritrea Eritrea (64.9 years)
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In United States, the life expectancy is (on average) 79.8 years. In Eritrea, the average life expectancy is 64.9 years.
Category: United States vs. Eritrea - Life Expectancy

consume 99.6% less electricty


United States United States (12,077 kWh per capita - 2014 est.)
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Eritrea Eritrea (51 kWh per capita - 2014 est.)
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United States consumes around 12,077 kWh per capita of electricity per year. In Eritrea, that number is 51 kWh per capita.
Category: United States vs. Eritrea - Electricity Consumption

have 2.4 times more babies


United States United States (12.5 babies per 1,000 people - 2016 est.)
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Eritrea Eritrea (30.1 babies per 1,000 people - 2016 est.)
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In United States, there are approximately 12.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Eritrea, that number is 30.1 babies per 1,000 people.
Category: United States vs. Eritrea - Birth Rate

be 3.3 times more likely to live below the poverty line


United States United States (15.1% of people - 2010 est.)
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Eritrea Eritrea (50% of people - 2004 est.)
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In United States, approximately 15.1% of people live below the poverty line. In Eritrea, that number is 50% of people.
Category: United States vs. Eritrea - Poverty Line

be 41.7% less likely to have access to improved drinking water


United States United States (99.2% of people)
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Eritrea Eritrea (57.8% of people)
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In United States, 99.2% of people have access to clean drinking water. In Eritrea, 57.8% of people do.
Category: United States vs. Eritrea - Access to Drinking Water

be 7.9 times more likely to die in your infancy


United States United States (5.8 per 1,000 infants)
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Eritrea Eritrea (45.6 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 Eritrea, on the other hand, 45.6 per 1,000 infants do.
Category: United States vs. Eritrea - Infant Mortality

be 83% more likely to be unemployed


United States United States (4.7% of people - 2016 est.)
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Eritrea Eritrea (8.6% of people - 2013 est.)
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In United States, approximately 4.7% of people are unemployed. In Eritrea, that number is 8.6% of people.
Category: United States vs. Eritrea - Unemployment

see 88.8% less coastline


United States United States (19,924 km)
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Eritrea Eritrea (2,234 km)
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United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In Eritrea, that number is 2,234 km.
Category: United States vs. Eritrea - Coastline

The statistics above were calculated using The World Factbook.


How big is Eritrea compared to United States? See an in-depth size comparison.


A brief history of Eritrea

Eritrea is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 117,600 sq km. After independence from Italian colonial control in 1941 and 10 years of British administrative control, the UN established Eritrea as an autonomous region within the Ethiopian federation in 1952. Ethiopia's full annexation of Eritrea as a province 10 years later sparked a violent 30-year struggle for independence that ended in 1991 with Eritrean rebels defeating government forces. Eritreans overwhelmingly approved independence in a 1993 referendum. ISAIAS Afworki has been Eritrea's only president since independence; his rule, particularly since 2001, has been highly autocratic and repressive. His government has created a highly militarized society by pursuing an unpopular program of mandatory conscription into national service, sometimes of indefinite length. A two-and-a-half-year border war with Ethiopia that erupted in 1998 ended under UN auspices in December 2000. A UN peacekeeping operation was established that monitored a 25 km-wide Temporary Security Zone. The Eritrea-Ethiopia Boundary Commission (EEBC) created in April 2003 was tasked "to delimit and demarcate the colonial treaty border based on pertinent colonial treaties (1900, 1902, and 1908) and applicable international law." The EEBC on 30 November 2007 remotely demarcated the border, assigning the town of Badme to Eritrea, despite Ethiopia's maintaining forces there from the time of the 1998-2000 war. Eritrea insisted that the UN terminate its peacekeeping mission on 31 July 2008. Eritrea has accepted the EEBC's "virtual demarcation" decision and repeatedly called on Ethiopia to remove its troops. Ethiopia has not accepted the demarcation decision, and neither party has entered into meaningful dialogue to resolve the impasse. Eritrea is subject to several UN Security Council Resolutions (from 2009, 2011, and 2012) imposing various military and economic sanctions, in view of evidence that it has supported armed opposition groups in the region.

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