Comparing United States to Saudi Arabia

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MAKE 40.7% LESS MONEY EVERY YEAR


United States  UNITED STATES ($52,800.00 per capita)
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Saudi Arabia  SAUDI ARABIA ($31,300.00 per capita)
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In United States, the GDP per capita is $52,800.00 per capita, while in Saudi Arabia, that number is $31,300.00 per capita.
Category: United States vs. Saudi Arabia GDP

LIVE 4.7 YEARS LESS


United States  UNITED STATES (79.56 years life expectancy)
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Saudi Arabia  SAUDI ARABIA (74.82 years life expectancy)
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In United States, you (on average) will live to approximately 79.56. In Saudi Arabia, the average life expectancy is 74.82.
Category: United States vs. Saudi Arabia life expectancy

CONSUME 42.7% LESS ELECTRICITY


United States  UNITED STATES (12,186 kWh per capita)
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Saudi Arabia  SAUDI ARABIA (6,981 kWh per capita)
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In United States, electricity consumption use is 12,186 kWh per capita. In Saudi Arabia, it is 6,981 kWh per capita.
Category: United States vs. Saudi Arabia electricity consumption

BE 98.3% LESS LIKELY TO BE LIVING WITH AIDS


United States  UNITED STATES (0.6% of people)
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Saudi Arabia  SAUDI ARABIA (0.01% of people)
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In United States, 0.6% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Saudi Arabia, that number is 0.01%.
Category: United States vs. Saudi Arabia AIDS percentage

BE 2.36 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO DIE IN YOUR INFANCY


United States  UNITED STATES (6.17 per 1000 infants)
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Saudi Arabia  SAUDI ARABIA (14.58 per 1000 infants)
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That's 136.3% more likely! In United States, approximately 6.17 per 1000 infants die before they reach the age of one. In Saudi Arabia, on the other hand, there are a total of 14.58 deaths during infancy per 1000 people.
Category: United States vs. Saudi Arabia infant mortality

BE 43.8% MORE LIKELY TO BE UNEMPLOYED


United States  UNITED STATES (7.3% of people)
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Saudi Arabia  SAUDI ARABIA (10.5% of people)
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In United States, 7.3% of people are unemployed, and in Saudi Arabia 10.5% are unemployed.
Category: United States vs. Saudi Arabia unemployment rate

HAVE 39.9% MORE BABIES


United States  UNITED STATES (13.42 babies per 1000 people)
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Saudi Arabia  SAUDI ARABIA (18.78 babies per 1000 people)
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In United States, there are approximately 13.42 babies per 1000 people. In Saudi Arabia, however, there are a total of 18.78 babies per 1000 people.
Category: United States vs. Saudi Arabia birth rate

SEE A 86.7% DECREASE IN COASTLINE


United States  UNITED STATES (19,924km of coastline)
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Saudi Arabia  SAUDI ARABIA (2,640km of coastline)
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United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline, while Saudi Arabia has a total of 2,640 km.
Category: United States vs. Saudi Arabia coastline

At a Glance: Saudi Arabia

  • Land Area: ~2 million sq km (United States is ~5 times bigger than Saudi Arabia)
  • Population: ~27 million people (292 million more people live in United States)
  • Etiquette: In Saudi Arabia, "Cheers!" = "Fisehatak!"

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

This to-scale map shows a size comparison of Saudi Arabia (2,149,690 sq km) and United States (9,826,675 sq km).

Etiquette in Saudi Arabia

Tipping:
  • It is customary to tip 10-15% at restaurants when tip not included
  • Tip porters and taxi drivers
Do's & Don'ts:
  • DO remove your shoes when entering a home
  • DO NOT show the bottom of your feet
Table Manners:
  • Do not drink alcohol with meals
  • Eat with your right hand
Greetings:
  • Shake hands when meeting a new person
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A brief history of Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia is a sovereign country in Middle East, with a total land area of approximately 2,149,690 sq km. Saudi Arabia is the birthplace of Islam and home to Islam's two holiest shrines in Mecca and Medina. The king's official title is the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques. The modern Saudi state was founded in 1932 by ABD AL-AZIZ bin Abd al-Rahman Al SAUD (Ibn Saud) after a 30-year campaign to unify most of the Arabian Peninsula. One of his male descendants rules the country today, as required by the country's 1992 Basic Law. King ABDALLAH bin Abd al-Aziz ascended to the throne in 2005. Following Iraq's invasion of Kuwait in 1990, Saudi Arabia accepted the Kuwaiti royal family and 400,000 refugees while allowing Western and Arab troops to deploy on its soil for the liberation of Kuwait the following year. The continuing presence of foreign troops on Saudi soil after the liberation of Kuwait became a source of tension between the royal family and the public until all operational US troops left the country in 2003. Major terrorist attacks in May and November 2003 spurred a strong on-going campaign against domestic terrorism and extremism. King ABDALLAH since 2005 has worked to incrementally modernize the Kingdom - driven by personal ideology and political pragmatism - through a series of social and economic initiatives, including expanding employment and social opportunities for women, attracting foreign investment, increasing the role of the private sector in the economy, and discouraging businesses from hiring foreign workers. The Arab Spring inspired protests - increasing in number since 2011 but usually small in size - over primarily domestic issues among Saudi Arabia's majority Sunni population. Riyadh has taken a cautious but firm approach by arresting some protesters but releasing most of them quickly, and by using its state-sponsored clerics to counter political and Islamist activism. In addition, Saudi Arabia has seen protests among the Shia populace in the Eastern Province, who have protested primarily against the detention of political prisoners, endemic discrimination, and Bahraini and Saudi Government actions in Bahrain. Protests are met by a strong police presence, with some arrests, but not the level of bloodshed seen in protests elsewhere in the region. In response to the unrest, King ABDALLAH in February and March 2011 announced a series of benefits to Saudi citizens including funds to build affordable housing, salary increases for government workers, and unemployment entitlements. To promote increased political participation, the government held elections nationwide in September 2011 for half the members of 285 municipal councils - a body that holds little influence in the Saudi Government. Also in September, the king announced that women will be allowed to run for and vote in future municipal elections - first held in 2005 - and serve as full members of the advisory Consultative Council. The country remains a leading producer of oil and natural gas and holds about 17% of the world's proven oil reserves. The government continues to pursue economic reform and diversification, particularly since Saudi Arabia's accession to the WTO in 2005, and promotes foreign investment in the kingdom. A burgeoning population, aquifer depletion, and an economy largely dependent on petroleum output and prices are ongoing governmental concerns.

The data on this page is calculated using data sourced from The World Factbook (2014 data).