Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 11.1 years less


In American Samoa, the average life expectancy is 73 years (71 years for men, 76 years for women). In Benin, that number is 62 years (61 years for men, 64 years for women).

Economy

be 96.6% less likely to be unemployed


In American Samoa, 29.8% of adults are unemployed. In Benin, that number is 1.0%.

make 79.5% less money


American Samoa has a GDP per capita of $11,200, while in Benin, the GDP per capita is $2,300.

Life

have 78.6% more children


In American Samoa, there are approximately 19.6 babies per 1,000 people. In Benin, there are 35.0 babies per 1,000 people.

be 4.7 times more likely to die during infancy


In American Samoa, approximately 11.3 children die before they reach the age of one. In Benin, on the other hand, 52.8 children do.

Basic Needs

be 50.8% less 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 Benin, that number is 29% of people on average (57% in urban areas, and 9% in rural areas).

be 61.7% less likely to have internet access


In American Samoa, approximately 31.3% of the population has internet access. In Benin, about 12.0% do.

be 22.1% 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 Benin, that number is 78% of people on average (85% in urban areas, and 72% in rural areas).

Benin: At a glance

Benin is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 110,622 sq km. Present day Benin was the site of Dahomey, a West African kingdom that rose to prominence in about 1600 and over the next two and half centuries became a regional power, largely based on its slave trade. Coastal areas of Dahomey began to be controlled by the French in the second half of the 19th century; the entire kingdom was conquered by 1894. French Dahomey achieved independence in 1960; it changed its name to the Republic of Benin in 1975. A succession of military governments ended in 1972 with the rise to power of Mathieu KEREKOU and the establishment of a government based on Marxist-Leninist principles. A move to representative government began in 1989. Two years later, free elections ushered in former Prime Minister Nicephore SOGLO as president, marking the first successful transfer of power in Africa from a dictatorship to a democracy. KEREKOU was returned to power by elections held in 1996 and 2001, though some irregularities were alleged. KEREKOU stepped down at the end of his second term in 2006 and was succeeded by Thomas YAYI Boni, a political outsider and independent. YAYI, who won a second five-year term in March 2011, has attempted to stem corruption and has strongly promoted accelerating Benin's economic growth.

How big is Benin 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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