Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 19.7 years less


In American Samoa, the average life expectancy is 73 years (71 years for men, 76 years for women). In Mozambique, that number is 54 years (53 years for men, 54 years for women).

Economy

be 17.8% less likely to be unemployed


In American Samoa, 29.8% of adults are unemployed. In Mozambique, that number is 24.5%.

make 89.3% less money


American Samoa has a GDP per capita of $11,200, while in Mozambique, the GDP per capita is $1,200.

Life

have 94.4% more children


In American Samoa, there are approximately 19.6 babies per 1,000 people. In Mozambique, there are 38.1 babies per 1,000 people.

be 5.8 times more likely to die during infancy


In American Samoa, approximately 11.3 children die before they reach the age of one. In Mozambique, on the other hand, 65.9 children do.

Basic Needs

be 33.9% 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 Mozambique, that number is 39% of people on average (66% in urban areas, and 27% in rural areas).

be 44.1% less likely to have internet access


In American Samoa, approximately 31.3% of the population has internet access. In Mozambique, about 17.5% do.

be 48.9% 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 Mozambique, that number is 51% of people on average (81% in urban areas, and 37% in rural areas).

Geography

see 21.3 times more coastline


American Samoa has a total of 116 km of coastline. In Mozambique, that number is 2,470 km.

Mozambique: At a glance

Mozambique is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 786,380 sq km. Almost five centuries as a Portuguese colony came to a close with independence in 1975. Large-scale emigration, economic dependence on South Africa, a severe drought, and a prolonged civil war hindered the country's development until the mid 1990s. The ruling Front for the Liberation of Mozambique (Frelimo) party formally abandoned Marxism in 1989, and a new constitution the following year provided for multiparty elections and a free market economy. A UN-negotiated peace agreement between Frelimo and rebel Mozambique National Resistance (Renamo) forces ended the fighting in 1992. In December 2004, Mozambique underwent a delicate transition as Joaquim CHISSANO stepped down after 18 years in office. His elected successor, Armando Emilio GUEBUZA, promised to continue the sound economic policies that have encouraged foreign investment. President GUEBUZA was reelected to a second term in October 2009. However, the elections were flawed by voter fraud, questionable disqualification of candidates, and Frelimo use of government resources during the campaign. As a result, Freedom House removed Mozambique from its list of electoral democracies.

How big is Mozambique 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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