Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 3.1 years longer


In Burkina Faso, the average life expectancy is 56 years (54 years for men, 58 years for women). In Cameroon, that number is 59 years (58 years for men, 60 years for women).

be 4.6 times more likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Burkina Faso, 0.8% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Cameroon, that number is 3.7% of people.

be 2.0 times more likely to be obese


In Burkina Faso, 5.6% of adults are obese. In Cameroon, that number is 11.4% of people.

Economy

make 94.7% more money


Burkina Faso has a GDP per capita of $1,900, while in Cameroon, the GDP per capita is $3,700.

be 94.4% less likely to be unemployed


In Burkina Faso, 77.0% of adults are unemployed. In Cameroon, that number is 4.3%.

be 25.2% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Burkina Faso, 40.1% live below the poverty line. In Cameroon, however, that number is 30.0%.

Life

be 29.4% less likely to die during infancy


In Burkina Faso, approximately 72.2 children die before they reach the age of one. In Cameroon, on the other hand, 51.0 children do.

be 60.6% more likely to die during childbirth


In Burkina Faso, approximately 371.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Cameroon, 596.0 women do.

be 2.1 times more likely to be literate


In Burkina Faso, the literacy rate is 36.0%. In Cameroon, it is 75.0%.

have 14.1% less children


In Burkina Faso, there are approximately 41.2 babies per 1,000 people. In Cameroon, there are 35.4 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 3.2 times more likely to have access to electricity


In Burkina Faso, 17% of people have electricity access (56% in urban areas, and 1% in rural areas). In Cameroon, that number is 55% of people on average (88% in urban areas, and 17% in rural areas).

be 78.6% more likely to have internet access


In Burkina Faso, approximately 14.0% of the population has internet access. In Cameroon, about 25.0% do.

Expenditures

spend 33.3% less on education


Burkina Faso spends 4.2% of its total GDP on education. Cameroon spends 2.8% of total GDP on education.

spend 18.0% less on healthcare


Burkina Faso spends 5.0% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Cameroon, that number is 4.1% of GDP.

Cameroon: At a glance

Cameroon is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 472,710 sq km. French Cameroon became independent in 1960 as the Republic of Cameroon. The following year the southern portion of neighboring British Cameroon voted to merge with the new country to form the Federal Republic of Cameroon. In 1972, a new constitution replaced the federation with a unitary state, the United Republic of Cameroon. The country has generally enjoyed stability, which has permitted the development of agriculture, roads, and railways, as well as a petroleum industry. Despite slow movement toward democratic reform, political power remains firmly in the hands of President Paul BIYA.

How big is Cameroon 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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