Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 3.7 years longer


In American Samoa, the average life expectancy is 73 years (71 years for men, 76 years for women). In Morocco, that number is 77 years (74 years for men, 80 years for women).

Economy

be 66.4% less likely to be unemployed


In American Samoa, 29.8% of adults are unemployed. In Morocco, that number is 10.0%.

make 23.2% less money


American Samoa has a GDP per capita of $11,200, while in Morocco, the GDP per capita is $8,600.

Life

be 93.8% more likely to die during infancy


In American Samoa, approximately 11.3 children die before they reach the age of one. In Morocco, on the other hand, 21.9 children do.

Basic Needs

be 67.6% 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 Morocco, that number is 99% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 97% in rural areas).

be 86.3% more likely to have internet access


In American Samoa, approximately 31.3% of the population has internet access. In Morocco, about 58.3% do.

be 14.6% 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 Morocco, that number is 85% of people on average (99% in urban areas, and 65% in rural areas).

Geography

see 15.8 times more coastline


American Samoa has a total of 116 km of coastline. In Morocco, that number is 1,835 km.

Morocco: At a glance

Morocco is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 446,300 sq km. In 788, about a century after the Arab conquest of North Africa, a series of Moroccan Muslim dynasties began to rule in Morocco. In the 16th century, the Sa'adi monarchy, particularly under Ahmad al-MANSUR (1578-1603), repelled foreign invaders and inaugurated a golden age. The Alaouite Dynasty, to which the current Moroccan royal family belongs, dates from the 17th century. In 1860, Spain occupied northern Morocco and ushered in a half century of trade rivalry among European powers that saw Morocco's sovereignty steadily erode; in 1912, the French imposed a protectorate over the country. A protracted independence struggle with France ended successfully in 1956. The internationalized city of Tangier and most Spanish possessions were turned over to the new country that same year. Sultan MOHAMMED V, the current monarch's grandfather, organized the new state as a constitutional monarchy and in 1957 assumed the title of king. Although Morocco is not the UN-recognized Administering Power for the Western Sahara, it exercises de facto administrative control over 80% of the territory. The UN since 1991 has monitored a ceasefire between Morocco and the Polisario Front and leads ongoing negotiations over the status of the territory. King MOHAMMED VI in early 2011 responded to the spread of pro-democracy protests in the region by implementing a reform program that included a new constitution, passed by popular referendum in July 2011, under which some new powers were extended to parliament and the prime minister but ultimate authority remains in the hands of the monarch. In November 2012, the Justice and Development Party - a moderate Islamist party - won the largest number of seats in parliamentary elections, becoming the first Islamist party to lead the Moroccan Government.

How big is Morocco 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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