Quality of Life Comparison


If you lived in Guyana instead of Aruba, you would:


live 8.3 years less

In Aruba, the average life expectancy is 77 years (74 years for men, 80 years for women). In Guyana, that number is 69 years (66 years for men, 72 years for women).


make 67.6% less money

Aruba has a GDP per capita of $25,300, while in Guyana, the GDP per capita is $8,200.

be 60.9% more likely to be unemployed

In Aruba, 6.9% of adults are unemployed. In Guyana, that number is 11.1%.


have 24.2% more children

In Aruba, there are approximately 12.4 babies per 1,000 people. In Guyana, there are 15.4 babies per 1,000 people.

be 2.8 times more likely to die during infancy

In Aruba, approximately 10.7 children die before they reach the age of one. In Guyana, on the other hand, 30.4 children do.

Basic Needs

be 13.2% less likely to have access to electricity

In Aruba, 91% of people have electricity access (100% in urban areas, and 80% in rural areas). In Guyana, that number is 79% of people on average (91% in urban areas, and 75% in rural areas).

be 61.8% less likely to have internet access

In Aruba, approximately 93.5% of the population has internet access. In Guyana, about 35.7% do.


spend 50.8% less on education

Aruba spends 6.5% of its total GDP on education. Guyana spends 3.2% of total GDP on education.


see 6.7 times more coastline

Aruba has a total of 68 km of coastline. In Guyana, that number is 459 km.

Guyana: At a glance

Guyana is a sovereign country in South America, with a total land area of approximately 196,849 sq km. Originally a Dutch colony in the 17th century, by 1815 Guyana had become a British possession. The abolition of slavery led to settlement of urban areas by former slaves and the importation of indentured servants from India to work the sugar plantations. The resulting ethnocultural divide has persisted and has led to turbulent politics. Guyana achieved independence from the UK in 1966, and since then it has been ruled mostly by socialist-oriented governments. In 1992, Cheddi JAGAN was elected president in what is considered the country's first free and fair election since independence. After his death five years later, his wife, Janet JAGAN, became president but resigned in 1999 due to poor health. Her successor, Bharrat JAGDEO, was reelected in 2001 and again in 2006. Donald RAMOTAR was elected president in 2011.

How big is Guyana compared to Aruba? 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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