Quality of Life Comparison


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


live 8.7 years longer

In Benin, the average life expectancy is 62 years (61 years for men, 64 years for women). In Nepal, that number is 71 years (70 years for men, 72 years for women).

be 57.3% less likely to be obese

In Benin, 9.6% of adults are obese. In Nepal, that number is 4.1% of people.


make 17.4% more money

Benin has a GDP per capita of $2,300, while in Nepal, the GDP per capita is $2,700.

be 30.4% less likely to be live below the poverty line

In Benin, 36.2% live below the poverty line. In Nepal, however, that number is 25.2%.

be 3.0 times more likely to be unemployed

In Benin, 1.0% of adults are unemployed. In Nepal, that number is 3.0%.


be 36.3% less likely to die during childbirth

In Benin, approximately 405.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Nepal, 258.0 women do.

be 66.4% more likely to be literate

In Benin, the literacy rate is 38.4%. In Nepal, it is 63.9%.

be 47.2% less likely to die during infancy

In Benin, approximately 52.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Nepal, on the other hand, 27.9 children do.

have 44.3% fewer children

In Benin, there are approximately 35.0 babies per 1,000 people. In Nepal, there are 19.5 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 2.6 times more likely to have access to electricity

In Benin, 29% of people have electricity access (57% in urban areas, and 9% in rural areas). In Nepal, that number is 76% of people on average (97% in urban areas, and 72% in rural areas).

be 64.2% more likely to have internet access

In Benin, approximately 12.0% of the population has internet access. In Nepal, about 19.7% do.

be 17.6% more likely to have access to improved drinking water

In Benin, approximately 78% of people have improved drinking water access (85% in urban areas, and 72% in rural areas). In Nepal, that number is 92% of people on average (91% in urban areas, and 92% in rural areas).


spend 15.9% less on education

Benin spends 4.4% of its total GDP on education. Nepal spends 3.7% of total GDP on education.

spend 26.1% more on healthcare

Benin spends 4.6% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Nepal, that number is 5.8% of GDP.

Nepal: At a glance

Nepal is a sovereign country in South Asia, with a total land area of approximately 143,351 sq km. In 1951, the Nepali monarch ended the century-old system of rule by hereditary premiers and instituted a cabinet system of government. Reforms in 1990 established a multiparty democracy within the framework of a constitutional monarchy. An insurgency led by Maoists broke out in 1996. The ensuing 10-year civil war between Maoist and government forces witnessed the dissolution of the cabinet and parliament and assumption of absolute power by the king in 2002. Several weeks of mass protests in April 2006 were followed by several months of peace negotiations between the Maoists and government officials, and culminated in a late 2006 peace accord and the promulgation of an interim constitution. Following a nationwide election in April 2008, the newly formed Constituent Assembly (CA) declared Nepal a federal democratic republic and abolished the monarchy at its first meeting the following month. The CA elected the country's first president in July. Between 2008 and 2011 there were four different coalition governments, led twice by the United Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist, which received a plurality of votes in the 2008 CA election, and twice by the Communist Party of Nepal-United Marxist-Leninist (UML). After the CA failed to draft a constitution by the May 2012 deadline set by the Supreme Court, then Prime Minister Baburam BHATTARAI dissolved the CA. Months of negotiations ensued until March 2013 when the major political parties agreed to create an interim government headed by then Chief Justice Khil Raj REGMI with a mandate to hold elections for a new CA. Elections were held in November 2013, in which and the Nepali Congress won the largest share of the seats in the CA and in February 2014 formed a coalition government with the second place UML and with Nepali Congress President Sushil KOIRALA as prime minister

How big is Nepal 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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