Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Algeria instead of American Samoa, you would:

Health

live 3.6 years longer


In American Samoa, the average life expectancy is 73 years (71 years for men, 76 years for women). In Algeria, that number is 77 years (76 years for men, 78 years for women).

Economy

make 35.7% more money


American Samoa has a GDP per capita of $11,200, while in Algeria, the GDP per capita is $15,200.

be 60.7% less likely to be unemployed


In American Samoa, 29.8% of adults are unemployed. In Algeria, that number is 11.7%.

Life

have 13.3% more children


In American Samoa, there are approximately 19.6 babies per 1,000 people. In Algeria, there are 22.2 babies per 1,000 people.

be 73.5% more likely to die during infancy


In American Samoa, approximately 11.3 children die before they reach the age of one. In Algeria, on the other hand, 19.6 children do.

Basic Needs

be 67.8% more likely to have access to electricity


In American Samoa, 59% of people have electricity access (60% in urban areas, and 45% in rural areas). In Algeria, that number is 99% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 97% in rural areas).

be 37.1% more likely to have internet access


In American Samoa, approximately 31.3% of the population has internet access. In Algeria, about 42.9% do.

be 16.4% less likely to have access to improved drinking water


In American Samoa, approximately 100% of people have improved drinking water access (100% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas). In Algeria, that number is 84% of people on average (84% in urban areas, and 82% in rural areas).

Geography

see 8.6 times more coastline


American Samoa has a total of 116 km of coastline. In Algeria, that number is 998 km.

Algeria: At a glance

Algeria is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 2,381,741 sq km. After more than a century of rule by France, Algerians fought through much of the 1950s to achieve independence in 1962. Algeria's primary political party, the National Liberation Front (FLN), was established in 1954 as part of the struggle for independence and has largely dominated politics since. The Government of Algeria in 1988 instituted a multi-party system in response to public unrest, but the surprising first round success of the Islamic Salvation Front (FIS) in the December 1991 balloting led the Algerian army to intervene and postpone the second round of elections to prevent what the secular elite feared would be an extremist-led government from assuming power. The army began a crackdown on the FIS that spurred FIS supporters to begin attacking government targets. Fighting escalated into an insurgency, which saw intense violence from 1992-98, resulting in over 100,000 deaths - many attributed to indiscriminate massacres of villagers by extremists. The government gained the upper hand by the late-1990s, and FIS's armed wing, the Islamic Salvation Army, disbanded in January 2000. Abdelaziz BOUTEFLIKA, with the backing of the military, won the presidency in 1999 in an election widely viewed as fraudulent. He was reelected to a second term in 2004 and overwhelmingly won a third term in 2009, after the government amended the constitution in 2008 to remove presidential term limits. Longstanding problems continue to face BOUTEFLIKA, including large-scale unemployment, a shortage of housing, unreliable electrical and water supplies, government inefficiencies and corruption, and the continuing activities of extremist militants. The Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat (GSPC) in 2006 merged with al-Qa'ida to form al-Qa'ida in the Lands of the Islamic Maghreb, which has launched an ongoing series of kidnappings and bombings targeting the Algerian Government and Western interests. The government in 2011 introduced some political reforms in response to the Arab Spring, including lifting the 19-year-old state of emergency restrictions and increasing women's quotas for elected assemblies. Parliamentary elections in May 2012 and municipal and provincial elections in November 2012 saw continued dominance by the FLN, with Islamist opposition parties performing poorly. Political protest activity in the country remained low in 2013, but small, sometimes violent socioeconomic demonstrations by disparate groups continued to be a common occurrence. Parliament in 2014 is expected to revise the constitution.

How big is Algeria compared to American Samoa? 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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