Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 18.4 years longer


In Burkina Faso, the average life expectancy is 63 years (61 years for men, 64 years for women) as of 2020. In Germany, that number is 81 years (79 years for men, 84 years for women) as of 2020.

be 4.0 times more likely to be obese


In Burkina Faso, 5.6% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Germany, that number is 22.3% of people as of 2016.

Economy

make 26.7 times more money


Burkina Faso has a GDP per capita of $1,900 as of 2017, while in Germany, the GDP per capita is $50,800 as of 2017.

be 95.1% less likely to be unemployed


In Burkina Faso, 77.0% of adults are unemployed as of 2004. In Germany, that number is 3.8% as of 2017.

be 58.4% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Burkina Faso, 40.1% live below the poverty line as of 2009. In Germany, however, that number is 16.7% as of 2015.

Life

be 97.8% less likely to die during childbirth


In Burkina Faso, approximately 320.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Germany, 7.0 women do as of 2017.

be 93.7% 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 Germany, on the other hand, 3.3 children do as of 2020.

have 75.5% fewer children


In Burkina Faso, there are approximately 35.1 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Germany, there are 8.6 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 Germany, 100% of the population do as of 2016.

be 5.6 times more likely to have internet access


In Burkina Faso, approximately 16.0% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Germany, about 89.7% 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 Germany, that number is 100% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas) as of 2017.

Expenditures

spend 14.3% more on education


Burkina Faso spends 4.2% of its total GDP on education as of 2015. Germany spends 4.8% of total GDP on education as of 2016.

Germany: At a glance

Germany is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 348,672 sq km. As Europe's largest economy and second most populous nation (after Russia), Germany is a key member of the continent's economic, political, and defense organizations. European power struggles immersed Germany in two devastating World Wars in the first half of the 20th century and left the country occupied by the victorious Allied powers of the US, UK, France, and the Soviet Union in 1945. With the advent of the Cold War, two German states were formed in 1949: the western Federal Republic of Germany (FRG) and the eastern German Democratic Republic (GDR). The democratic FRG embedded itself in key Western economic and security organizations, the EC, which became the EU, and NATO, while the communist GDR was on the front line of the Soviet-led Warsaw Pact. The decline of the USSR and the end of the Cold War allowed for German unification in 1990. Since then, Germany has expended considerable funds to bring Eastern productivity and wages up to Western standards. In January 1999, Germany and 10 other EU countries introduced a common European exchange currency, the euro.

How big is Germany 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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