Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 77.4% less likely to be obese


In Argentina, 28.3% of adults are obese. In Bhutan, that number is 6.4% of people.

live 6.7 years less


In Argentina, the average life expectancy is 77 years (74 years for men, 81 years for women). In Bhutan, that number is 71 years (70 years for men, 72 years for women).

Economy

be 60.5% less likely to be unemployed


In Argentina, 8.1% of adults are unemployed. In Bhutan, that number is 3.2%.

be 53.3% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Argentina, 25.7% live below the poverty line. In Bhutan, however, that number is 12.0%.

make 58.4% less money


Argentina has a GDP per capita of $20,900, while in Bhutan, the GDP per capita is $8,700.

Life

be 33.8% less likely to be literate


In Argentina, the literacy rate is 98.1%. In Bhutan, it is 64.9%.

be 2.8 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Argentina, approximately 52.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Bhutan, 148.0 women do.

be 3.3 times more likely to die during infancy


In Argentina, approximately 9.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Bhutan, on the other hand, 32.1 children do.

Basic Needs

be 21.2% 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 Bhutan, that number is 76% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 53% in rural areas).

be 40.5% less likely to have internet access


In Argentina, approximately 70.2% of the population has internet access. In Bhutan, about 41.8% do.

Expenditures

spend 25.0% less on healthcare


Argentina spends 4.8% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Bhutan, that number is 3.6% of GDP.

spend 25.4% more on education


Argentina spends 5.9% of its total GDP on education. Bhutan spends 7.4% of total GDP on education.

Bhutan: At a glance

Bhutan is a sovereign country in South Asia, with a total land area of approximately 38,394 sq km. In 1865, Britain and Bhutan signed the Treaty of Sinchulu, under which Bhutan would receive an annual subsidy in exchange for ceding some border land to British India. Under British influence, a monarchy was set up in 1907; three years later, a treaty was signed whereby the British agreed not to interfere in Bhutanese internal affairs, and Bhutan allowed Britain to direct its foreign affairs. This role was assumed by independent India after 1947. Two years later, a formal Indo-Bhutanese accord returned to Bhutan the areas annexed by the British, formalized the annual subsidies the country received, and defined India's responsibilities in defense and foreign relations. In March 2005, King Jigme Singye WANGCHUCK unveiled the government's draft constitution - which introduced major democratic reforms - and pledged to hold a national referendum for its approval. In December 2006, the King abdicated the throne in favor of his son, Jigme Khesar Namgyel WANGCHUCK, in order to give him experience as head of state before the democratic transition. In early 2007, India and Bhutan renegotiated their treaty, eliminating the clause that stated that Bhutan would be "guided by" India in conducting its foreign policy, although Thimphu continues to coordinate closely with New Delhi. Elections for seating the country's first parliament were completed in March 2008; the king ratified the country's first constitution in July 2008. Bhutan experienced a peaceful turnover of power following parliamentary elections in 2013, which routed the incumbent party. The disposition of some 30,000 Bhutanese refugees - housed in two UN refugee camps in Nepal - remains unresolved.

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The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook.

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