Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Economy

be 62.3% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Argentina, 25.7% live below the poverty line. In Uruguay, however, that number is 9.7%.

spend 14.3% less on taxes


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

Life

be 71.2% less likely to die during childbirth


In Argentina, approximately 52.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Uruguay, 15.0 women do.

be 15.3% less likely to die during infancy


In Argentina, approximately 9.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Uruguay, on the other hand, 8.3 children do.

have 22.2% less children


In Argentina, there are approximately 16.7 babies per 1,000 people. In Uruguay, there are 13.0 babies per 1,000 people.

Expenditures

spend 25.4% less on education


Argentina spends 5.9% of its total GDP on education. Uruguay spends 4.4% of total GDP on education.

spend 79.2% more on healthcare


Argentina spends 4.8% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Uruguay, that number is 8.6% of GDP.

Geography

see 86.8% less coastline


Argentina has a total of 4,989 km of coastline. In Uruguay, that number is 660 km.

Uruguay: At a glance

Uruguay is a sovereign country in South America, with a total land area of approximately 175,015 sq km. Montevideo, founded by the Spanish in 1726 as a military stronghold, soon took advantage of its natural harbor to become an important commercial center. Claimed by Argentina but annexed by Brazil in 1821, Uruguay declared its independence four years later and secured its freedom in 1828 after a three-year struggle. The administrations of President Jose BATLLE in the early 20th century launched widespread political, social, and economic reforms that established a statist tradition. A violent Marxist urban guerrilla movement named the Tupamaros, launched in the late 1960s, led Uruguay's president to cede control of the government to the military in 1973. By yearend, the rebels had been crushed, but the military continued to expand its hold over the government. Civilian rule was not restored until 1985. In 2004, the left-of-center Frente Amplio Coalition won national elections that effectively ended 170 years of political control previously held by the Colorado and Blanco parties. Uruguay's political and labor conditions are among the freest on the continent.

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


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Dirección General Impositiva, Federal Administration of Public Revenue.

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