Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 2.6 years longer


In American Samoa, the average life expectancy is 73 years (71 years for men, 76 years for women). In Venezuela, that number is 76 years (73 years for men, 79 years for women).

Economy

be 11.4% less likely to be unemployed


In American Samoa, 29.8% of adults are unemployed. In Venezuela, that number is 26.4%.

Basic Needs

be 69.0% 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 Venezuela, that number is 100% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 99% in rural areas).

be 91.7% more likely to have internet access


In American Samoa, approximately 31.3% of the population has internet access. In Venezuela, about 60.0% do.

Geography

see 24.1 times more coastline


American Samoa has a total of 116 km of coastline. In Venezuela, that number is 2,800 km.

Venezuela: At a glance

Venezuela is a sovereign country in South America, with a total land area of approximately 882,050 sq km. Venezuela was one of three countries that emerged from the collapse of Gran Colombia in 1830 (the others being Ecuador and New Granada, which became Colombia). For most of the first half of the 20th century, Venezuela was ruled by generally benevolent military strongmen, who promoted the oil industry and allowed for some social reforms. Democratically elected governments have held sway since 1959. Hugo CHAVEZ, president from 1999 to 2013, sought to implement his "21st Century Socialism," which purported to alleviate social ills while at the same time attacking capitalist globalization and existing democratic institutions. His hand-picked successor, President Nicolas MADURO, continues CHAVEZ's socialist programs. Current concerns include: a weakening of democratic institutions, political polarization, a politicized military, rampant violent crime, overdependence on the petroleum industry with its price fluctuations, foreign exchange controls that discourage private-sector investment, high inflation, a decline in the quality of fundamental houman rights, and widespread scarcity of consumer goods.

How big is Venezuela 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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