Quality of Life Comparison


If you lived in Mexico instead of Bhutan, you would:


live 5.5 years longer

In Bhutan, the average life expectancy is 71 years (70 years for men, 72 years for women). In Mexico, that number is 76 years (73 years for men, 79 years for women).

be 4.5 times more likely to be obese

In Bhutan, 6.4% of adults are obese. In Mexico, that number is 28.9% of people.


make 2.3 times more money

Bhutan has a GDP per capita of $8,700, while in Mexico, the GDP per capita is $19,900.

be 12.5% more likely to be unemployed

In Bhutan, 3.2% of adults are unemployed. In Mexico, that number is 3.6%.

be 3.9 times more likely to live below the poverty line

In Bhutan, 12.0% live below the poverty line. In Mexico, however, that number is 46.2%.


be 74.3% less likely to die during childbirth

In Bhutan, approximately 148.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Mexico, 38.0 women do.

be 45.6% more likely to be literate

In Bhutan, the literacy rate is 64.9%. In Mexico, it is 94.5%.

be 63.9% less likely to die during infancy

In Bhutan, approximately 32.1 children die before they reach the age of one. In Mexico, on the other hand, 11.6 children do.

Basic Needs

be 30.3% more likely to have access to electricity

In Bhutan, 76% of people have electricity access (100% in urban areas, and 53% in rural areas). In Mexico, that number is 99% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 97% in rural areas).

be 42.3% more likely to have internet access

In Bhutan, approximately 41.8% of the population has internet access. In Mexico, about 59.5% do.


spend 28.4% less on education

Bhutan spends 7.4% of its total GDP on education. Mexico spends 5.3% of total GDP on education.

spend 75.0% more on healthcare

Bhutan spends 3.6% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Mexico, that number is 6.3% of GDP.

Mexico: At a glance

Mexico is a sovereign country in North America, with a total land area of approximately 1,943,945 sq km. The site of several advanced Amerindian civilizations - including the Olmec, Toltec, Teotihuacan, Zapotec, Maya, and Aztec - Mexico was conquered and colonized by Spain in the early 16th century. Administered as the Viceroyalty of New Spain for three centuries, it achieved its independence early in the 19th century. The global financial crisis beginning in late 2008 caused a massive economic downturn the following year, although growth returned quickly in 2010. Ongoing economic and social concerns include low real wages, underemployment for a large segment of the population, inequitable income distribution, and few advancement opportunities for the largely indigenous population in the impoverished southern states. The elections held in 2000 marked the first time since the 1910 Mexican Revolution that an opposition candidate - Vicente FOX of the National Action Party (PAN) - defeated the party in government, the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI). He was succeeded in 2006 by another PAN candidate Felipe CALDERON, but Enrique PENA NIETO regained the presidency for the PRI in 2012. Since 2007, Mexico's powerful drug-trafficking organizations have engaged in bloody feuding, resulting in tens of thousands of drug-related homicides.

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


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