Quality of Life Comparison


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


live 2.5 years longer

In Bangladesh, the average life expectancy is 73 years (71 years for men, 76 years for women). In Colombia, that number is 76 years (73 years for men, 79 years for women).

be 6.2 times more likely to be obese

In Bangladesh, 3.6% of adults are obese. In Colombia, that number is 22.3% of people.


make 3.5 times more money

Bangladesh has a GDP per capita of $4,200, while in Colombia, the GDP per capita is $14,500.

be 2.6 times more likely to be unemployed

In Bangladesh, 4.0% of adults are unemployed. In Colombia, that number is 10.5%.

be 15.2% more likely to be live below the poverty line

In Bangladesh, 24.3% live below the poverty line. In Colombia, however, that number is 28.0%.

spend 10.0% more on taxes

Bangladesh has a top tax rate of 30.0%. In Colombia, the top tax rate is 33.0%.


be 63.6% less likely to die during childbirth

In Bangladesh, approximately 176.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Colombia, 64.0 women do.

be 29.4% more likely to be literate

In Bangladesh, the literacy rate is 72.8%. In Colombia, it is 94.2%.

be 57.1% less likely to die during infancy

In Bangladesh, approximately 31.7 children die before they reach the age of one. In Colombia, on the other hand, 13.6 children do.

have 14.4% fewer children

In Bangladesh, there are approximately 18.8 babies per 1,000 people. In Colombia, there are 16.1 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 61.7% more likely to have access to electricity

In Bangladesh, 60% of people have electricity access (90% in urban areas, and 49% in rural areas). In Colombia, that number is 97% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 88% in rural areas).

be 3.2 times more likely to have internet access

In Bangladesh, approximately 18.2% of the population has internet access. In Colombia, about 58.1% do.


spend 80.0% more on education

Bangladesh spends 2.5% of its total GDP on education. Colombia spends 4.5% of total GDP on education.

spend 2.6 times more on healthcare

Bangladesh spends 2.8% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Colombia, that number is 7.2% of GDP.


see 5.5 times more coastline

Bangladesh has a total of 580 km of coastline. In Colombia, that number is 3,208 km.

Colombia: At a glance

Colombia is a sovereign country in South America, with a total land area of approximately 1,038,700 sq km. Colombia was one of the three countries that emerged from the collapse of Gran Colombia in 1830 (the others are Ecuador and Venezuela). A nearly five-decade long conflict between government forces and anti-government insurgent groups, principally the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) heavily funded by the drug trade, escalated during the 1990s. More than 31,000 former paramilitaries had demobilized by the end of 2006 and the United Self Defense Forces of Colombia as a formal organization had ceased to function. In the wake of the paramilitary demobilization, emerging criminal groups arose, whose members include some former paramilitaries. The insurgents lack the military or popular support necessary to overthrow the government, but continue attacks against civilians. Large areas of the countryside are under guerrilla influence or are contested by security forces. In November 2012, the Colombian Government started formal peace negotiations with the FARC aimed at reaching a definitive bilateral ceasefire and incorporating demobilized FARC members into mainstream society and politics. The Colombian Government has stepped up efforts to reassert government control throughout the country, and now has a presence in every one of its administrative departments. Despite decades of internal conflict and drug related security challenges, Colombia maintains relatively strong democratic institutions characterized by peaceful, transparent elections and the protection of civil liberties.

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

The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Directorate of National Taxes and Customs (DIAN), National Board of Revenue (NBR), Bangladesh.


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