Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Equatorial Guinea instead of Burkina Faso, you would:

Health

live 8.7 years longer


In Burkina Faso, the average life expectancy is 56 years (54 years for men, 58 years for women). In Equatorial Guinea, that number is 65 years (63 years for men, 66 years for women).

be 8.1 times more likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Burkina Faso, 0.8% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Equatorial Guinea, that number is 6.5% of people.

be 42.9% more likely to be obese


In Burkina Faso, 5.6% of adults are obese. In Equatorial Guinea, that number is 8.0% of people.

Economy

make 18.9 times more money


Burkina Faso has a GDP per capita of $1,900, while in Equatorial Guinea, the GDP per capita is $36,000.

be 88.8% less likely to be unemployed


In Burkina Faso, 77.0% of adults are unemployed. In Equatorial Guinea, that number is 8.6%.

Life

be 2.6 times more likely to be literate


In Burkina Faso, the literacy rate is 36.0%. In Equatorial Guinea, it is 95.3%.

have 21.8% less children


In Burkina Faso, there are approximately 41.2 babies per 1,000 people. In Equatorial Guinea, there are 32.2 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 3.9 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 Equatorial Guinea, that number is 66% of people on average (93% in urban areas, and 48% in rural areas).

be 70.0% more likely to have internet access


In Burkina Faso, approximately 14.0% of the population has internet access. In Equatorial Guinea, about 23.8% do.

be 41.8% less likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Burkina Faso, approximately 82% of people have improved drinking water access (98% in urban areas, and 76% in rural areas). In Equatorial Guinea, that number is 48% of people on average (72% in urban areas, and 32% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 24.0% less on healthcare


Burkina Faso spends 5.0% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Equatorial Guinea, that number is 3.8% of GDP.

Equatorial Guinea: At a glance

Equatorial Guinea is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 28,051 sq km. Equatorial Guinea gained independence in 1968 after 190 years of Spanish rule. This tiny country, composed of a mainland portion plus five inhabited islands, is one of the smallest on the African continent. President Teodoro Obiang NGUEMA MBASOGO has ruled the country since 1979 when he seized power in a coup. Although nominally a constitutional democracy since 1991, the 1996, 2002, and 2009 presidential elections - as well as the 1999, 2004, 2008, and 2013 legislative elections - were widely seen as flawed. The president exerts almost total control over the political system and has discouraged political opposition. Equatorial Guinea has experienced rapid economic growth due to the discovery of large offshore oil reserves, and in the last decade has become Sub-Saharan Africa's third largest oil exporter. Despite the country's economic windfall from oil production, resulting in a massive increase in government revenue in recent years, improvements in the population's living standards have been slow to develop.

How big is Equatorial Guinea 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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