Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Sao Tome and Principe instead of Afghanistan, you would:

Health

live 13.5 years longer


In Afghanistan, the average life expectancy is 53 years (51 years for men, 54 years for women) as of 2020. In Sao Tome and Principe, that number is 66 years (65 years for men, 68 years for women) as of 2020.

be 2.3 times more likely to be obese


In Afghanistan, 5.5% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Sao Tome and Principe, that number is 12.4% of people as of 2016.

Economy

make 60.0% more money


Afghanistan has a GDP per capita of $2,000 as of 2017, while in Sao Tome and Principe, the GDP per capita is $3,200 as of 2017.

be 49.0% less likely to be unemployed


In Afghanistan, 23.9% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Sao Tome and Principe, that number is 12.2% as of 2017.

be 21.5% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In Afghanistan, 54.5% live below the poverty line as of 2017. In Sao Tome and Principe, however, that number is 66.2% as of 2009.

Life

be 79.6% less likely to die during childbirth


In Afghanistan, approximately 638.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Sao Tome and Principe, 130.0 women do as of 2017.

be 2.2 times more likely to be literate


In Afghanistan, the literacy rate is 43.0% as of 2018. In Sao Tome and Principe, it is 92.8% as of 2018.

be 60.0% less likely to die during infancy


In Afghanistan, approximately 104.3 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Sao Tome and Principe, on the other hand, 41.7 children do as of 2020.

have 19.1% fewer children


In Afghanistan, there are approximately 36.7 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Sao Tome and Principe, there are 29.7 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 2.2 times more likely to have internet access


In Afghanistan, approximately 13.5% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Sao Tome and Principe, about 29.9% do as of 2018.

be 37.9% more likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Afghanistan, approximately 70% of people have improved drinking water access (96% in urban areas, and 61% in rural areas) as of 2017. In Sao Tome and Principe, that number is 97% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 88% in rural areas) as of 2017.

be 19.1% less likely to have access to electricity


In Afghanistan, approximately 84% of people have electricity access (98% in urban areas, and 79% in rural areas) as of 2012. In Sao Tome and Principe, that number is 68% of people on average (87% in urban areas, and 22% in rural areas) as of 2017.

Expenditures

spend 19.5% more on education


Afghanistan spends 4.1% of its total GDP on education as of 2017. Sao Tome and Principe spends 4.9% of total GDP on education as of 2017.

Sao Tome and Principe: At a glance

Sao Tome and Principe is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 964 sq km. Discovered and claimed by Portugal in the late 15th century, the islands' sugar-based economy gave way to coffee and cocoa in the 19th century - all grown with African plantation slave labor, a form of which lingered into the 20th century. While independence was achieved in 1975, democratic reforms were not instituted until the late 1980s. The country held its first free elections in 1991, but frequent internal wrangling between the various political parties precipitated repeated changes in leadership and two failed coup attempts in 1995 and 2003. In 2012, three opposition parties combined in a no confidence vote to bring down the majority government of former Prime Minister Patrice TROVOADA. The new government of Prime Minister Gabriel Arcanjo Ferreira DA COSTA is entirely composed of opposition party members with limited experience in governance. New oil discoveries in the Gulf of Guinea may attract increased attention to the small island nation.

How big is Sao Tome and Principe compared to Afghanistan? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook.

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