Quality of Life Comparison


If you lived in Australia instead of Burkina Faso, you would:


live 20.0 years longer

In Burkina Faso, the average life expectancy is 63 years (61 years for men, 64 years for women) as of 2020. In Australia, that number is 83 years (80 years for men, 85 years for women) as of 2020.

be 5.2 times more likely to be obese

In Burkina Faso, 5.6% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Australia, that number is 29.0% of people as of 2016.


make 26.5 times more money

Burkina Faso has a GDP per capita of $1,900 as of 2017, while in Australia, the GDP per capita is $50,400 as of 2017.

be 92.7% less likely to be unemployed

In Burkina Faso, 77.0% of adults are unemployed as of 2004. In Australia, that number is 5.6% as of 2017.


be 98.1% less likely to die during childbirth

In Burkina Faso, approximately 320.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Australia, 6.0 women do as of 2017.

be 94.0% less likely to die during infancy

In Burkina Faso, approximately 52.0 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Australia, on the other hand, 3.1 children do as of 2020.

have 64.7% fewer children

In Burkina Faso, there are approximately 35.1 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Australia, there are 12.4 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 5.2 times more likely to have access to electricity

In Burkina Faso, approximately 19% of the population has electricity access as of 2016. In Australia, 100% of the population do as of 2016.

be 5.4 times more likely to have internet access

In Burkina Faso, approximately 16.0% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Australia, about 86.5% do as of 2018.

be 32.3% more likely to have access to improved drinking water

In Burkina Faso, approximately 76% of people have improved drinking water access (95% in urban areas, and 68% in rural areas) as of 2017. In Australia, that number is 100% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas) as of 2017.


spend 26.2% more on education

Burkina Faso spends 4.2% of its total GDP on education as of 2015. Australia spends 5.3% of total GDP on education as of 2016.

Australia: At a glance

Australia is a sovereign country in Australia-Oceania, with a total land area of approximately 7,682,300 sq km. Prehistoric settlers arrived on the continent from Southeast Asia at least 40,000 years before the first Europeans began exploration in the 17th century. No formal territorial claims were made until 1770, when Capt. James COOK took possession of the east coast in the name of Great Britain (all of Australia was claimed as British territory in 1829 with the creation of the colony of Western Australia). Six colonies were created in the late 18th and 19th centuries; they federated and became the Commonwealth of Australia in 1901. The new country took advantage of its natural resources to rapidly develop agricultural and manufacturing industries and to make a major contribution to the Allied effort in World Wars I and II. In recent decades, Australia has become an internationally competitive, advanced market economy due in large part to economic reforms adopted in the 1980s and its location in one of the fastest growing regions of the world economy. Long-term concerns include aging of the population, pressure on infrastructure, and environmental issues such as floods, droughts, and bushfires. Australia is the driest inhabited continent on earth, making it particularly vulnerable to the challenges of climate change. Australia is home to 10 per cent of the world's biodiversity, and a great number of its flora and fauna exist nowhere else in the world. In January 2013, Australia assumed a nonpermanent seat on the UN Security Council for the 2013-14 term.

How big is Australia compared to Burkina Faso? 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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