Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 21.3 years less


In American Samoa, the average life expectancy is 73 years (71 years for men, 76 years for women). In Swaziland, that number is 52 years (53 years for men, 52 years for women).

Economy

make 11.6% less money


American Samoa has a GDP per capita of $11,200, while in Swaziland, the GDP per capita is $9,900.

Life

have 22.4% more children


In American Samoa, there are approximately 19.6 babies per 1,000 people. In Swaziland, there are 24.0 babies per 1,000 people.

be 4.3 times more likely to die during infancy


In American Samoa, approximately 11.3 children die before they reach the age of one. In Swaziland, on the other hand, 48.4 children do.

Basic Needs

be 54.2% 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 Swaziland, that number is 27% of people on average (40% in urban areas, and 24% in rural areas).

be 25.9% 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 Swaziland, that number is 74% of people on average (94% in urban areas, and 69% in rural areas).

Swaziland: At a glance

Swaziland is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 17,204 sq km. Autonomy for the Swazis of southern Africa was guaranteed by the British in the late 19th century; independence was granted in 1968. Student and labor unrest during the 1990s pressured King MSWATI III, Africa's last absolute monarch, to grudgingly allow political reform and greater democracy, although he has backslid on these promises in recent years. A constitution came into effect in 2006, but the legal status of political parties remains unclear. The African United Democratic Party tried unsuccessfully to register as an official political party in mid 2006. Talks over the constitution broke down between the government and progressive groups in 2007. Swaziland recently surpassed Botswana as the country with the world's highest known HIV/AIDS prevalence rate.

How big is Swaziland 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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