Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Equatorial Guinea instead of Belarus, you would:

Health

be 67.3% less likely to be obese


In Belarus, 24.5% of adults are obese. In Equatorial Guinea, that number is 8.0% of people.

be 16.2 times more likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Belarus, 0.4% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Equatorial Guinea, that number is 6.5% of people.

live 8.4 years less


In Belarus, the average life expectancy is 73 years (68 years for men, 79 years for women). In Equatorial Guinea, that number is 65 years (63 years for men, 66 years for women).

Economy

make 90.5% more money


Belarus has a GDP per capita of $18,900, while in Equatorial Guinea, the GDP per capita is $36,000.

be 8.6 times more likely to be unemployed


In Belarus, 1.0% of adults are unemployed. In Equatorial Guinea, that number is 8.6%.

be 7.7 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In Belarus, 5.7% live below the poverty line. In Equatorial Guinea, however, that number is 44.0%.

spend 2.7 times more on taxes


Belarus has a top tax rate of 13.0%. In Equatorial Guinea, the top tax rate is 35.0%.

Life

have 3.1 times more children


In Belarus, there are approximately 10.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Equatorial Guinea, there are 32.2 babies per 1,000 people.

be 85.5 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Belarus, approximately 4.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Equatorial Guinea, 342.0 women do.

be 18.1 times more likely to die during infancy


In Belarus, approximately 3.6 children die before they reach the age of one. In Equatorial Guinea, on the other hand, 65.2 children do.

Basic Needs

be 34.0% less likely to have access to electricity


In Belarus, 100% of the population has electricity access. In Equatorial Guinea, 66% of the population do.

be 66.5% less likely to have internet access


In Belarus, approximately 71.1% of the population has internet access. In Equatorial Guinea, about 23.8% do.

be 52.0% less likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Belarus, approximately 100% of people have improved drinking water access (100% in urban areas, and 99% in rural areas). In Equatorial Guinea, that number is 48% of people on average (72% in urban areas, and 32% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 33.3% less on healthcare


Belarus spends 5.7% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Equatorial Guinea, that number is 3.8% of GDP.

Equatorial Guinea: At a glance

Equatorial Guinea is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 28,051 sq km. Equatorial Guinea gained independence in 1968 after 190 years of Spanish rule. This tiny country, composed of a mainland portion plus five inhabited islands, is one of the smallest on the African continent. President Teodoro Obiang NGUEMA MBASOGO has ruled the country since 1979 when he seized power in a coup. Although nominally a constitutional democracy since 1991, the 1996, 2002, and 2009 presidential elections - as well as the 1999, 2004, 2008, and 2013 legislative elections - were widely seen as flawed. The president exerts almost total control over the political system and has discouraged political opposition. Equatorial Guinea has experienced rapid economic growth due to the discovery of large offshore oil reserves, and in the last decade has become Sub-Saharan Africa's third largest oil exporter. Despite the country's economic windfall from oil production, resulting in a massive increase in government revenue in recent years, improvements in the population's living standards have been slow to develop.

How big is Equatorial Guinea compared to Belarus? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Ministry of Finance, Ministry for Taxes and Levies of the Republic of Belarus.

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