Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 4.3 years longer


In Benin, the average life expectancy is 61 years (60 years for men, 63 years for women) as of 2020. In Equatorial Guinea, that number is 66 years (64 years for men, 67 years for women) as of 2020.

be 16.7% less likely to be obese


In Benin, 9.6% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Equatorial Guinea, that number is 8.0% of people as of 2016.

be 7.1 times more likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Benin, 1.0% of people are living with AIDS/HIV as of 2018. In Equatorial Guinea, that number is 7.1% of people as of 2018.

Economy

make 16.3 times more money


Benin has a GDP per capita of $2,300 as of 2017, while in Equatorial Guinea, the GDP per capita is $37,400 as of 2017.

be 8.6 times more likely to be unemployed


In Benin, 1.0% of adults are unemployed as of 2014. In Equatorial Guinea, that number is 8.6% as of 2014.

be 21.5% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In Benin, 36.2% live below the poverty line as of 2011. In Equatorial Guinea, however, that number is 44.0% as of 2011.

Life

be 24.2% less likely to die during childbirth


In Benin, approximately 397.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Equatorial Guinea, 301.0 women do as of 2017.

be 2.2 times more likely to be literate


In Benin, the literacy rate is 42.4% as of 2018. In Equatorial Guinea, it is 95.3% as of 2015.

have 27.1% fewer children


In Benin, there are approximately 42.1 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Equatorial Guinea, there are 30.7 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 64.0% more likely to have access to electricity


In Benin, approximately 41% of people have electricity access (71% in urban areas, and 18% in rural areas) as of 2017. In Equatorial Guinea, that number is 68% of people on average (91% in urban areas, and 53% in rural areas) as of 2016.

be 31.2% more likely to have internet access


In Benin, approximately 20.0% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Equatorial Guinea, about 26.2% do as of 2018.

be 11.5% less likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Benin, approximately 76% of people have improved drinking water access (81% in urban areas, and 72% in rural areas) as of 2017. In Equatorial Guinea, that number is 68% of people on average (82% in urban areas, and 32% in rural areas) as of 2017.

Geography

see 2.4 times more coastline


Benin has a total of 121 km of coastline. In Equatorial Guinea, that number is 296 km.

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 Benin? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook.

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