Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Algeria instead of Argentina, you would:

Economy

be 10.5% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Argentina, 25.7% live below the poverty line. In Algeria, however, that number is 23.0%.

make 27.3% less money


Argentina has a GDP per capita of $20,900, while in Algeria, the GDP per capita is $15,200.

be 44.4% more likely to be unemployed


In Argentina, 8.1% of adults are unemployed. In Algeria, that number is 11.7%.

Life

be 18.2% less likely to be literate


In Argentina, the literacy rate is 98.1%. In Algeria, it is 80.2%.

have 32.9% more children


In Argentina, there are approximately 16.7 babies per 1,000 people. In Algeria, there are 22.2 babies per 1,000 people.

be 2.7 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Argentina, approximately 52.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Algeria, 140.0 women do.

be 100.0% more likely to die during infancy


In Argentina, approximately 9.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Algeria, on the other hand, 19.6 children do.

Basic Needs

be 38.9% less likely to have internet access


In Argentina, approximately 70.2% of the population has internet access. In Algeria, about 42.9% do.

be 15.6% less likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Argentina, approximately 99% of people have improved drinking water access (99% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas). In Algeria, that number is 84% of people on average (84% in urban areas, and 82% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 27.1% less on education


Argentina spends 5.9% of its total GDP on education. Algeria spends 4.3% of total GDP on education.

spend 50.0% more on healthcare


Argentina spends 4.8% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Algeria, that number is 7.2% of GDP.

Geography

see 80.0% less coastline


Argentina has a total of 4,989 km of coastline. In Algeria, that number is 998 km.

Algeria: At a glance

Algeria is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 2,381,741 sq km. After more than a century of rule by France, Algerians fought through much of the 1950s to achieve independence in 1962. Algeria's primary political party, the National Liberation Front (FLN), was established in 1954 as part of the struggle for independence and has largely dominated politics since. The Government of Algeria in 1988 instituted a multi-party system in response to public unrest, but the surprising first round success of the Islamic Salvation Front (FIS) in the December 1991 balloting led the Algerian army to intervene and postpone the second round of elections to prevent what the secular elite feared would be an extremist-led government from assuming power. The army began a crackdown on the FIS that spurred FIS supporters to begin attacking government targets. Fighting escalated into an insurgency, which saw intense violence from 1992-98, resulting in over 100,000 deaths - many attributed to indiscriminate massacres of villagers by extremists. The government gained the upper hand by the late-1990s, and FIS's armed wing, the Islamic Salvation Army, disbanded in January 2000. Abdelaziz BOUTEFLIKA, with the backing of the military, won the presidency in 1999 in an election widely viewed as fraudulent. He was reelected to a second term in 2004 and overwhelmingly won a third term in 2009, after the government amended the constitution in 2008 to remove presidential term limits. Longstanding problems continue to face BOUTEFLIKA, including large-scale unemployment, a shortage of housing, unreliable electrical and water supplies, government inefficiencies and corruption, and the continuing activities of extremist militants. The Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat (GSPC) in 2006 merged with al-Qa'ida to form al-Qa'ida in the Lands of the Islamic Maghreb, which has launched an ongoing series of kidnappings and bombings targeting the Algerian Government and Western interests. The government in 2011 introduced some political reforms in response to the Arab Spring, including lifting the 19-year-old state of emergency restrictions and increasing women's quotas for elected assemblies. Parliamentary elections in May 2012 and municipal and provincial elections in November 2012 saw continued dominance by the FLN, with Islamist opposition parties performing poorly. Political protest activity in the country remained low in 2013, but small, sometimes violent socioeconomic demonstrations by disparate groups continued to be a common occurrence. Parliament in 2014 is expected to revise the constitution.

How big is Algeria compared to Argentina? 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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