Quality of Life Comparison


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


live 0.8 years less

In Bangladesh, the average life expectancy is 73 years (71 years for men, 76 years for women). In Guatemala, that number is 73 years (71 years for men, 75 years for women).

be 5.9 times more likely to be obese

In Bangladesh, 3.6% of adults are obese. In Guatemala, that number is 21.2% of people.


make 92.9% more money

Bangladesh has a GDP per capita of $4,200, while in Guatemala, the GDP per capita is $8,100.

be 42.5% less likely to be unemployed

In Bangladesh, 4.0% of adults are unemployed. In Guatemala, that number is 2.3%.

spend 76.7% less on taxes

Bangladesh has a top tax rate of 30.0%. In Guatemala, the top tax rate is 7.0%.

be 2.4 times more likely to live below the poverty line

In Bangladesh, 24.3% live below the poverty line. In Guatemala, however, that number is 59.3%.


be 50.0% less likely to die during childbirth

In Bangladesh, approximately 176.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Guatemala, 88.0 women do.

be 12.0% more likely to be literate

In Bangladesh, the literacy rate is 72.8%. In Guatemala, it is 81.5%.

be 32.8% less likely to die during infancy

In Bangladesh, approximately 31.7 children die before they reach the age of one. In Guatemala, on the other hand, 21.3 children do.

have 28.2% more children

In Bangladesh, there are approximately 18.8 babies per 1,000 people. In Guatemala, there are 24.1 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 30.0% 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 Guatemala, that number is 78% of people on average (85% in urban areas, and 72% in rural areas).

be 89.6% more likely to have internet access

In Bangladesh, approximately 18.2% of the population has internet access. In Guatemala, about 34.5% do.


spend 12.0% more on education

Bangladesh spends 2.5% of its total GDP on education. Guatemala spends 2.8% of total GDP on education.

spend 2.2 times more on healthcare

Bangladesh spends 2.8% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Guatemala, that number is 6.2% of GDP.


see 31.0% less coastline

Bangladesh has a total of 580 km of coastline. In Guatemala, that number is 400 km.

Guatemala: At a glance

Guatemala is a sovereign country in Central America/Caribbean, with a total land area of approximately 107,159 sq km. The Maya civilization flourished in Guatemala and surrounding regions during the first millennium A.D. After almost three centuries as a Spanish colony, Guatemala won its independence in 1821. During the second half of the 20th century, it experienced a variety of military and civilian governments, as well as a 36-year guerrilla war. In 1996, the government signed a peace agreement formally ending the internal conflict, which had left more than 200,000 people dead and had created, by some estimates, about 1 million refugees.

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

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


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