Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 87.3% less likely to be obese


In Argentina, 28.3% of adults are obese. In Bangladesh, that number is 3.6% of people.

live 3.9 years less


In Argentina, the average life expectancy is 77 years (74 years for men, 81 years for women). In Bangladesh, that number is 73 years (71 years for men, 76 years for women).

Economy

be 50.6% less likely to be unemployed


In Argentina, 8.1% of adults are unemployed. In Bangladesh, that number is 4.0%.

spend 14.3% less on taxes


Argentina has a top tax rate of 35.0%. In Bangladesh, the top tax rate is 30.0%.

make 79.9% less money


Argentina has a GDP per capita of $20,900, while in Bangladesh, the GDP per capita is $4,200.

Life

be 25.8% less likely to be literate


In Argentina, the literacy rate is 98.1%. In Bangladesh, it is 72.8%.

have 12.6% more children


In Argentina, there are approximately 16.7 babies per 1,000 people. In Bangladesh, there are 18.8 babies per 1,000 people.

be 3.4 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Argentina, approximately 52.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Bangladesh, 176.0 women do.

be 3.2 times more likely to die during infancy


In Argentina, approximately 9.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Bangladesh, on the other hand, 31.7 children do.

Basic Needs

be 37.8% less likely to have access to electricity


In Argentina, 96% of people have electricity access (99% in urban areas, and 96% in rural areas). In Bangladesh, that number is 60% of people on average (90% in urban areas, and 49% in rural areas).

be 74.1% less likely to have internet access


In Argentina, approximately 70.2% of the population has internet access. In Bangladesh, about 18.2% do.

be 12.3% 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 Bangladesh, that number is 87% of people on average (86% in urban areas, and 87% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 57.6% less on education


Argentina spends 5.9% of its total GDP on education. Bangladesh spends 2.5% of total GDP on education.

spend 41.7% less on healthcare


Argentina spends 4.8% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Bangladesh, that number is 2.8% of GDP.

Geography

see 88.4% less coastline


Argentina has a total of 4,989 km of coastline. In Bangladesh, that number is 580 km.

Bangladesh: At a glance

Bangladesh is a sovereign country in South Asia, with a total land area of approximately 130,170 sq km. Muslim conversions and settlement in the region now referred to as Bangladesh began in the 10th century, primarily from Arab and Persian traders and preachers. Europeans began to set up trading posts in the area in the 16th century. Eventually the area known as Bengal, primarily Hindu in the western section and mostly Muslim in the eastern half, became part of British India. Partition in 1947 resulted in an eastern wing of Pakistan in the Muslim-majority area, which became East Pakistan. Calls for greater autonomy and animosity between the eastern and western wings of Pakistan led to a Bengali independence movement. That movement, led by the Awami League (AL) and supported by India, won independence for Bangladesh in a brief war in 1971, during which at least 300,000 civilians died. The post-independence, AL government faced daunting challenges and in 1975 was overthrown by the military, triggering a series of military coups that resulted in a military-backed government and subsequent creation of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP). That government also ended in a coup in 1981, followed by military-backed rule until democratic elections in 1991. The BNP and AL have alternately held power since then, with the exception of a military-backed, emergency caretaker regime that suspended parliamentary elections planned for January 2007 in an effort to reform the political system and root out corruption. That government returned the country to fully democratic rule in December 2008 with the election of the AL and Prime Minister Sheikh HASINA. In January 2014, the AL won the national election by an overwhelming majority after the BNP boycotted, extending HASINA's term as prime minister. With the help of international development assistance, Bangladesh has made great progress in food security since independence, and the economy has grown at an average of about 6 percent over the last two decades.

How big is Bangladesh compared to Argentina? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Federal Administration of Public Revenue, National Board of Revenue (NBR), Bangladesh.

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