Quality of Life Comparison


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


live 14.6 years longer

In Bhutan, the average life expectancy is 71 years (70 years for men, 72 years for women). In Singapore, that number is 85 years (83 years for men, 88 years for women).


make 10.8 times more money

Bhutan has a GDP per capita of $8,700, while in Singapore, the GDP per capita is $93,900.

be 31.2% less likely to be unemployed

In Bhutan, 3.2% of adults are unemployed. In Singapore, that number is 2.2%.


be 93.2% less likely to die during childbirth

In Bhutan, approximately 148.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Singapore, 10.0 women do.

be 49.5% more likely to be literate

In Bhutan, the literacy rate is 64.9%. In Singapore, it is 97.0%.

be 92.5% less likely to die during infancy

In Bhutan, approximately 32.1 children die before they reach the age of one. In Singapore, on the other hand, 2.4 children do.

have 50.3% fewer children

In Bhutan, there are approximately 17.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Singapore, there are 8.6 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 31.6% more likely to have access to electricity

In Bhutan, 76% of the population has electricity access. In Singapore, 100% of the population do.

be 93.8% more likely to have internet access

In Bhutan, approximately 41.8% of the population has internet access. In Singapore, about 81.0% do.


spend 60.8% less on education

Bhutan spends 7.4% of its total GDP on education. Singapore spends 2.9% of total GDP on education.

spend 36.1% more on healthcare

Bhutan spends 3.6% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Singapore, that number is 4.9% of GDP.

Singapore: At a glance

Singapore is a sovereign country in East/Southeast Asia, with a total land area of approximately 709 sq km. Singapore was founded as a British trading colony in 1819. It joined the Malaysian Federation in 1963 but separated two years later and became independent. Singapore subsequently became one of the world's most prosperous countries with strong international trading links (its port is one of the world's busiest in terms of tonnage handled) and with per capita GDP equal to that of the leading nations of Western Europe.

How big is Singapore compared to Bhutan? 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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