Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in France instead of Barbados, you would:

Health

be 68.8% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Barbados, 1.6% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In France, that number is 0.5% of people.

live 6.4 years longer


In Barbados, the average life expectancy is 76 years (73 years for men, 78 years for women). In France, that number is 82 years (79 years for men, 85 years for women).

Economy

make 2.3 times more money


Barbados has a GDP per capita of $18,700, while in France, the GDP per capita is $43,800.

spend 49.9% more on taxes


Barbados has a top tax rate of 33.5%. In France, the top tax rate is 50.2%.

Life

be 70.4% less likely to die during childbirth


In Barbados, approximately 27.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In France, 8.0 women do.

be 68.6% less likely to die during infancy


In Barbados, approximately 10.2 children die before they reach the age of one. In France, on the other hand, 3.2 children do.

Expenditures

spend 53.3% more on healthcare


Barbados spends 7.5% of its total GDP on healthcare. In France, that number is 11.5% of GDP.

Geography

see 35.3 times more coastline


Barbados has a total of 97 km of coastline. In France, that number is 3,427 km.

France: At a glance

France is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 549,970 sq km. France today is one of the most modern countries in the world and is a leader among European nations. It plays an influential global role as a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, NATO, the G-8, the G-20, the EU and other multilateral organizations. France rejoined NATO's integrated military command structure in 2009, reversing DE GAULLE's 1966 decision to take French forces out of NATO. Since 1958, it has constructed a hybrid presidential-parliamentary governing system resistant to the instabilities experienced in earlier, more purely parliamentary administrations. In recent decades, its reconciliation and cooperation with Germany have proved central to the economic integration of Europe, including the introduction of a common currency, the euro, in January 1999. In the early 21st century, five French overseas entities - French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Mayotte, and Reunion - became French regions and were made part of France proper.

How big is France compared to Barbados? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Direction Générale des Finances Publiques, Ministry of Finance, Barbados.

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