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

Health

live 20.8 years longer

In Benin, the average life expectancy is 61 years (60 years for men, 63 years for women) as of 2020. In France, that number is 82 years (79 years for men, 85 years for women) as of 2020.

be 2.2 times more likely to be obese

In Benin, 9.6% of adults are obese as of 2016. In France, that number is 21.6% of people as of 2016.

Economy

make 19.2 times more money

Benin has a GDP per capita of $2,300 as of 2017, while in France, the GDP per capita is $44,100 as of 2017.

be 60.8% less likely to live below the poverty line

In Benin, 36.2% live below the poverty line as of 2011. In France, however, that number is 14.2% as of 2015.

be 9.4 times more likely to be unemployed

In Benin, 1.0% of adults are unemployed as of 2014. In France, that number is 9.4% as of 2017.

Life

be 98.0% less likely to die during childbirth

In Benin, approximately 397.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In France, 8.0 women do as of 2017.

be 94.5% less likely to die during infancy

In Benin, approximately 58.7 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In France, on the other hand, 3.2 children do as of 2020.

have 71.7% fewer children

In Benin, there are approximately 42.1 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In France, there are 11.9 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 2.4 times more likely to have access to electricity

In Benin, approximately 41% of the population has electricity access as of 2017. In France, 100% of the population do as of 2016.

be 4.1 times more likely to have internet access

In Benin, approximately 20.0% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In France, about 82.0% do as of 2018.

be 30.9% more 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 France, that number is 100% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas) as of 2017.

Expenditures

spend 35.0% more on education

Benin spends 4.0% of its total GDP on education as of 2016. France spends 5.4% of total GDP on education as of 2016.

Geography

see 40.1 times more coastline

Benin has a total of 121 km of coastline. In France, that number is 4,853 km.


The statistics above were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook.

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.
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