Quality of Life Comparison

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

Health

live 3.3 years longer


In American Samoa, the average life expectancy is 73 years (71 years for men, 76 years for women). In Libya, that number is 77 years (75 years for men, 78 years for women).

Economy

make 10.7% less money


American Samoa has a GDP per capita of $11,200, while in Libya, the GDP per capita is $10,000.

Life

have 10.7% less children


In American Samoa, there are approximately 19.6 babies per 1,000 people. In Libya, there are 17.5 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 69.2% 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 Libya, that number is 100% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 99% in rural areas).

be 35.1% less likely to have internet access


In American Samoa, approximately 31.3% of the population has internet access. In Libya, about 20.3% do.

be 45.6% 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 Libya, that number is 54% of people on average (54% in urban areas, and 55% in rural areas).

Geography

see 15.3 times more coastline


American Samoa has a total of 116 km of coastline. In Libya, that number is 1,770 km.

Libya: At a glance

Libya is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 1,759,540 sq km. The Italians supplanted the Ottoman Turks in the area around Tripoli in 1911 and did not relinquish their hold until 1943 when defeated in World War II. Libya then passed to UN administration and achieved independence in 1951. Following a 1969 military coup, Col. Muammar al-QADHAFI assumed leadership and began to espouse his political system at home, which was a combination of socialism and Islam. During the 1970s, QADHAFI used oil revenues to promote his ideology outside Libya, supporting subversive and terrorist activities that included the downing of two airliners - one over Scotland, another in Northern Africa - and a discotheque bombing in Berlin. UN sanctions in 1992 isolated QADHAFI politically and economically following the attacks; sanctions were lifted in 2003 following Libyan acceptance of responsibility for the bombings and agreement to claimant compensation. QADHAFI also agreed to end Libya's program to develop weapons of mass destruction, and he made significant strides in normalizing relations with Western nations. Unrest that began in several Middle Eastern and North African countries in late 2010 erupted in Libyan cities in early 2011. QADHAFI's brutal crackdown on protesters spawned a civil war that triggered UN authorization of air and naval intervention by the international community. After months of seesaw fighting between government and opposition forces, the QADHAFI regime was toppled in mid-2011 and replaced by a transitional government. Libya in 2012 formed a new parliament and elected a new prime minister.

How big is Libya 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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