Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 13.0 times more likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Bangladesh, 0.1% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Suriname, that number is 1.3% of people.

live 0.9 years less


In Bangladesh, the average life expectancy is 73 years (71 years for men, 76 years for women). In Suriname, that number is 72 years (70 years for men, 75 years for women).

be 7.3 times more likely to be obese


In Bangladesh, 3.6% of adults are obese. In Suriname, that number is 26.4% of people.

Economy

make 3.5 times more money


Bangladesh has a GDP per capita of $4,200, while in Suriname, the GDP per capita is $14,600.

be 2.3 times more likely to be unemployed


In Bangladesh, 4.0% of adults are unemployed. In Suriname, that number is 9.1%.

be 2.9 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In Bangladesh, 24.3% live below the poverty line. In Suriname, however, that number is 70.0%.

spend 26.7% more on taxes


Bangladesh has a top tax rate of 30.0%. In Suriname, the top tax rate is 38.0%.

Life

be 22.7% less likely to die during infancy


In Bangladesh, approximately 31.7 children die before they reach the age of one. In Suriname, on the other hand, 24.5 children do.

be 31.3% more likely to be literate


In Bangladesh, the literacy rate is 72.8%. In Suriname, it is 95.6%.

have 16.0% less children


In Bangladesh, there are approximately 18.8 babies per 1,000 people. In Suriname, there are 15.8 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 66.7% more likely to have access to electricity


In Bangladesh, 60% of the population has electricity access. In Suriname, 100% of the population do.

be 2.5 times more likely to have internet access


In Bangladesh, approximately 18.2% of the population has internet access. In Suriname, about 45.4% do.

Expenditures

spend 2.0 times more on healthcare


Bangladesh spends 2.8% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Suriname, that number is 5.7% of GDP.

Geography

see 33.4% less coastline


Bangladesh has a total of 580 km of coastline. In Suriname, that number is 386 km.

Suriname: At a glance

Suriname is a sovereign country in South America, with a total land area of approximately 156,000 sq km. First explored by the Spaniards in the 16th century and then settled by the English in the mid-17th century, Suriname became a Dutch colony in 1667. With the abolition of African slavery in 1863, workers were brought in from India and Java. Independence from the Netherlands was granted in 1975. Five years later the civilian government was replaced by a military regime that soon declared a socialist republic. It continued to exert control through a succession of nominally civilian administrations until 1987, when international pressure finally forced a democratic election. In 1990, the military overthrew the civilian leadership, but a democratically elected government - a four-party coalition - returned to power in 1991. The coalition expanded to eight parties in 2005 and ruled until August 2010, when voters returned former military leader Desire BOUTERSE and his opposition coalition to power.

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


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

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