If you lived in Colombia instead of Brazil, you would:


live 1.0 years less

In Brazil, the average life expectancy is 76 years (72 years for men, 80 years for women) as of 2022. In Colombia, that number is 75 years (71 years for men, 79 years for women) as of 2022.


be 12.0% less likely to be unemployed

In Brazil, 11.9% of adults are unemployed as of 2019. In Colombia, that number is 10.5% as of 2019.

be 8.5 times more likely to live below the poverty line

In Brazil, 4.2% live below the poverty line as of 2016. In Colombia, however, that number is 35.7% as of 2019.

pay a 20.0% higher top tax rate

Brazil has a top tax rate of 27.5% as of 2016. In Colombia, the top tax rate is 33.0% as of 2016.


be 12.5% less likely to die during infancy

In Brazil, approximately 13.3 children (per 1,000 live births) die before they reach the age of one as of 2022. In Colombia, on the other hand, 11.7 children do as of 2022.

be 38.3% more likely to die during childbirth

In Brazil, approximately 60.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Colombia, 83.0 women do as of 2017.

Basic Needs

be 13.6% less likely to have internet access

In Brazil, approximately 81.0% of the population has internet access as of 2020. In Colombia, about 70.0% do as of 2020.


spend 26.2% less on education

Brazil spends 6.1% of its total GDP on education as of 2018. Colombia spends 4.5% of total GDP on education as of 2019.

spend 19.8% less on healthcare

Brazil spends 9.6% of its total GDP on healthcare as of 2019. In Colombia, that number is 7.7% of GDP as of 2019.


see 57.2% less coastline

Brazil has a total of 7,491 km of coastline. In Colombia, that number is 3,208 km.

The statistics above were calculated using the following data sources: Secretaria da Receita Federal do Brasil, The World Factbook, Directorate of National Taxes and Customs (DIAN).

Colombia: At a glance

Colombia is a sovereign country in South America, with a total land area of approximately 1,038,700 sq km. Colombia was one of the three countries that emerged from the collapse of Gran Colombia in 1830 (the others are Ecuador and Venezuela). A nearly five-decade long conflict between government forces and anti-government insurgent groups, principally the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) heavily funded by the drug trade, escalated during the 1990s. More than 31,000 former paramilitaries had demobilized by the end of 2006 and the United Self Defense Forces of Colombia as a formal organization had ceased to function. In the wake of the paramilitary demobilization, emerging criminal groups arose, whose members include some former paramilitaries. The insurgents lack the military or popular support necessary to overthrow the government, but continue attacks against civilians. Large areas of the countryside are under guerrilla influence or are contested by security forces. In November 2012, the Colombian Government started formal peace negotiations with the FARC aimed at reaching a definitive bilateral ceasefire and incorporating demobilized FARC members into mainstream society and politics. The Colombian Government has stepped up efforts to reassert government control throughout the country, and now has a presence in every one of its administrative departments. Despite decades of internal conflict and drug related security challenges, Colombia maintains relatively strong democratic institutions characterized by peaceful, transparent elections and the protection of civil liberties.
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