Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Nicaragua instead of Belarus, you would:

Economy

make 69.3% less money


Belarus has a GDP per capita of $18,900, while in Nicaragua, the GDP per capita is $5,800.

be 6.5 times more likely to be unemployed


In Belarus, 1.0% of adults are unemployed. In Nicaragua, that number is 6.5%.

be 5.2 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In Belarus, 5.7% live below the poverty line. In Nicaragua, however, that number is 29.6%.

spend 2.3 times more on taxes


Belarus has a top tax rate of 13.0%. In Nicaragua, the top tax rate is 30.0%.

Life

have 71.8% more children


In Belarus, there are approximately 10.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Nicaragua, there are 17.7 babies per 1,000 people.

be 37.5 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Belarus, approximately 4.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Nicaragua, 150.0 women do.

be 17.0% less likely to be literate


In Belarus, the literacy rate is 99.7%. In Nicaragua, it is 82.8%.

be 5.1 times more likely to die during infancy


In Belarus, approximately 3.6 children die before they reach the age of one. In Nicaragua, on the other hand, 18.3 children do.

Basic Needs

be 22.0% less likely to have access to electricity


In Belarus, 100% of the population has electricity access. In Nicaragua, 78% of the population do.

be 65.4% less likely to have internet access


In Belarus, approximately 71.1% of the population has internet access. In Nicaragua, about 24.6% do.

be 12.7% 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 Nicaragua, that number is 87% of people on average (99% in urban areas, and 69% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 10.0% less on education


Belarus spends 5.0% of its total GDP on education. Nicaragua spends 4.5% of total GDP on education.

spend 57.9% more on healthcare


Belarus spends 5.7% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Nicaragua, that number is 9.0% of GDP.

Nicaragua: At a glance

Nicaragua is a sovereign country in Central America/Caribbean, with a total land area of approximately 119,990 sq km. The Pacific coast of Nicaragua was settled as a Spanish colony from Panama in the early 16th century. Independence from Spain was declared in 1821 and the country became an independent republic in 1838. Britain occupied the Caribbean Coast in the first half of the 19th century, but gradually ceded control of the region in subsequent decades. Violent opposition to governmental manipulation and corruption spread to all classes by 1978 and resulted in a short-lived civil war that brought the Marxist Sandinista guerrillas to power in 1979. Nicaraguan aid to leftist rebels in El Salvador caused the US to sponsor anti-Sandinista contra guerrillas through much of the 1980s. After losing free and fair elections in 1990, 1996, and 2001, former Sandinista President Daniel ORTEGA Saavedra was elected president in 2006 and reelected in 2011. The 2008 municipal elections, 2010 regional elections, 2011 presidential elections, 2012 municipal elections, and 2013 regional elections were marred by widespread irregularities. Nicaragua's infrastructure and economy - hard hit by the earlier civil war and by Hurricane Mitch in 1998 - are slowly being rebuilt, but democratic institutions have been weakened under the ORTEGA administration.

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


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

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