Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 115.0 times more likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Bangladesh, 0.1% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Zambia, that number is 11.5% of people.

live 20.7 years less


In Bangladesh, the average life expectancy is 73 years (71 years for men, 76 years for women). In Zambia, that number is 53 years (51 years for men, 54 years for women).

be 2.2 times more likely to be obese


In Bangladesh, 3.6% of adults are obese. In Zambia, that number is 8.1% of people.

Economy

be 3.8 times more likely to be unemployed


In Bangladesh, 4.0% of adults are unemployed. In Zambia, that number is 15.0%.

be 2.2 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In Bangladesh, 24.3% live below the poverty line. In Zambia, however, that number is 54.4%.

spend 16.7% more on taxes


Bangladesh has a top tax rate of 30.0%. In Zambia, the top tax rate is 35.0%.

Life

be 12.9% less likely to be literate


In Bangladesh, the literacy rate is 72.8%. In Zambia, it is 63.4%.

have 2.2 times more children


In Bangladesh, there are approximately 18.8 babies per 1,000 people. In Zambia, there are 41.5 babies per 1,000 people.

be 27.3% more likely to die during childbirth


In Bangladesh, approximately 176.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Zambia, 224.0 women do.

be 92.7% more likely to die during infancy


In Bangladesh, approximately 31.7 children die before they reach the age of one. In Zambia, on the other hand, 61.1 children do.

Basic Needs

be 40.1% more likely to have internet access


In Bangladesh, approximately 18.2% of the population has internet access. In Zambia, about 25.5% do.

be 56.7% less likely to have access to electricity


In Bangladesh, 60% of people have electricity access (90% in urban areas, and 49% in rural areas). In Zambia, that number is 26% of people on average (45% in urban areas, and 14% in rural areas).

be 24.7% less likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Bangladesh, approximately 87% of people have improved drinking water access (86% in urban areas, and 87% in rural areas). In Zambia, that number is 65% of people on average (86% in urban areas, and 51% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 56.0% less on education


Bangladesh spends 2.5% of its total GDP on education. Zambia spends 1.1% of total GDP on education.

spend 78.6% more on healthcare


Bangladesh spends 2.8% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Zambia, that number is 5.0% of GDP.

Zambia: At a glance

Zambia is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 743,398 sq km. The territory of Northern Rhodesia was administered by the [British] South Africa Company from 1891 until it was taken over by the UK in 1923. During the 1920s and 1930s, advances in mining spurred development and immigration. The name was changed to Zambia upon independence in 1964. In the 1980s and 1990s, declining copper prices, economic mismanagement and a prolonged drought hurt the economy. Elections in 1991 brought an end to one-party rule, but the subsequent vote in 1996 saw blatant harassment of opposition parties. The election in 2001 was marked by administrative problems with three parties filing a legal petition challenging the election of ruling party candidate Levy MWANAWASA. MWANAWASA was reelected in 2006 in an election that was deemed free and fair. Upon his abrupt death in August 2008, he was succeeded by his vice president, Rupiah BANDA, who subsequently won a special presidential by-election in October 2008. Michael SATA was elected president in September 2011.

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


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

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