United States compared to Somalia

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


make 99.3% less money


United States United States ($57,300 per capita)
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Somalia Somalia ($400 per capita)
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United States has a GDP per capita of $57,300, while in Somalia, the GDP per capita is $400.
Category: United States vs. Somalia - GDP Per Capita

live 27.4 years less


United States United States (79.8 years)
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Somalia Somalia (52.4 years)
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In United States, the life expectancy is (on average) 79.8 years. In Somalia, the average life expectancy is 52.4 years.
Category: United States vs. Somalia - Life Expectancy

consume 99.8% less electricty


United States United States (12,077 kWh per capita)
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Somalia Somalia (27 kWh per capita)
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United States consumes around 12,077 kWh per capita of electricity per year. In Somalia, that number is 27 kWh per capita.
Category: United States vs. Somalia - Electricity Consumption

have 3.2 times more babies


United States United States (12.5 babies per 1,000 people)
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Somalia Somalia (40 babies per 1,000 people)
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In United States, there are approximately 12.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Somalia, that number is 40 babies per 1,000 people.
Category: United States vs. Somalia - Birth Rate

be 68% less likely to have access to improved drinking water


United States United States (99.2% of people)
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Somalia Somalia (31.7% of people)
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In United States, 99.2% of people have access to clean drinking water. In Somalia, 31.7% of people do.
Category: United States vs. Somalia - Access to Drinking Water

be 16.7 times more likely to die in your infancy


United States United States (5.8 per 1,000 infants)
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Somalia Somalia (96.6 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 Somalia, on the other hand, 96.6 per 1,000 infants do.
Category: United States vs. Somalia - Infant Mortality

see 84.8% less coastline


United States United States (19,924 km)
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Somalia Somalia (3,025 km)
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United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In Somalia, that number is 3,025 km.
Category: United States vs. Somalia - Coastline

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


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


A brief history of Somalia

Somalia is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 637,657 sq km. Britain withdrew from British Somaliland in 1960 to allow its protectorate to join with Italian Somaliland and form the new nation of Somalia. In 1969, a coup headed by Mohamed SIAD Barre ushered in an authoritarian socialist rule characterized by the persecution, jailing, and torture of political opponents and dissidents. After the regime's collapse early in 1991, Somalia descended into turmoil, factional fighting, and anarchy. In May 1991, northern clans declared an independent Republic of Somaliland that now includes the administrative regions of Awdal, Woqooyi Galbeed, Togdheer, Sanaag, and Sool. Although not recognized by any government, this entity has maintained a stable existence and continues efforts to establish a constitutional democracy, including holding municipal, parliamentary, and presidential elections. The regions of Bari, Nugaal, and northern Mudug comprise a neighboring semi-autonomous state of Puntland, which has been self-governing since 1998 but does not aim at independence; it has also made strides toward reconstructing a legitimate, representative government but has suffered some civil strife. Puntland disputes its border with Somaliland as it also claims portions of eastern Sool and Sanaag. Beginning in 1993, a two-year UN humanitarian effort (primarily in the south) was able to alleviate famine conditions, but when the UN withdrew in 1995, having suffered significant casualties, order still had not been restored. In 2000, the Somalia National Peace Conference (SNPC) held in Djibouti resulted in the formation of an interim government, known as the Transitional National Government (TNG). When the TNG failed to establish adequate security or governing institutions, the Government of Kenya, under the auspices of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), led a subsequent peace process that concluded in October 2004 with the election of Abdullahi YUSUF Ahmed as President of a second interim government, known as the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) of the Somali Republic. The TFG included a 275-member parliamentary body, known as the Transitional Federal Parliament (TFP). President YUSUF resigned late in 2008 while United Nations-sponsored talks between the TFG and the opposition Alliance for the Re-Liberation of Somalia (ARS) were underway in Djibouti. In January 2009, following the creation of a TFG-ARS unity government, Ethiopian military forces, which had entered Somalia in December 2006 to support the TFG in the face of advances by the opposition Islamic Courts Union (ICU), withdrew from the country. The TFP was doubled in size to 550 seats with the addition of 200 ARS and 75 civil society members of parliament. The expanded parliament elected Sheikh SHARIF Sheikh Ahmed, the former ICU and ARS chairman as president in January 2009. The creation of the TFG was based on the Transitional Federal Charter (TFC), which outlined a five-year mandate leading to the establishment of a new Somali constitution and a transition to a representative government following national elections. In 2009, the TFP amended the TFC to extend TFG's mandate until 2011 and in 2011 Somali principals agreed to institute political transition by August 2012. The transition process ended in September 2012 when clan elders replaced the TFP by appointing 275 members to a new parliament who subsequently elected a new president.

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