Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 12.7 years longer


In Burkina Faso, the average life expectancy is 56 years (54 years for men, 58 years for women). In Guyana, that number is 69 years (66 years for men, 72 years for women).

be 2.1 times more likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Burkina Faso, 0.8% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Guyana, that number is 1.7% of people.

be 3.6 times more likely to be obese


In Burkina Faso, 5.6% of adults are obese. In Guyana, that number is 20.2% of people.

Economy

make 4.3 times more money


Burkina Faso has a GDP per capita of $1,900, while in Guyana, the GDP per capita is $8,200.

be 85.6% less likely to be unemployed


In Burkina Faso, 77.0% of adults are unemployed. In Guyana, that number is 11.1%.

be 12.7% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Burkina Faso, 40.1% live below the poverty line. In Guyana, however, that number is 35.0%.

Life

be 38.3% less likely to die during childbirth


In Burkina Faso, approximately 371.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Guyana, 229.0 women do.

be 57.9% less likely to die during infancy


In Burkina Faso, approximately 72.2 children die before they reach the age of one. In Guyana, on the other hand, 30.4 children do.

be 2.5 times more likely to be literate


In Burkina Faso, the literacy rate is 36.0%. In Guyana, it is 88.5%.

have 62.6% less children


In Burkina Faso, there are approximately 41.2 babies per 1,000 people. In Guyana, there are 15.4 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 4.6 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 Guyana, that number is 79% of people on average (91% in urban areas, and 75% in rural areas).

be 2.6 times more likely to have internet access


In Burkina Faso, approximately 14.0% of the population has internet access. In Guyana, about 35.7% do.

be 19.4% more 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 Guyana, that number is 98% of people on average (98% in urban areas, and 98% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 23.8% less on education


Burkina Faso spends 4.2% of its total GDP on education. Guyana spends 3.2% of total GDP on education.

Guyana: At a glance

Guyana is a sovereign country in South America, with a total land area of approximately 196,849 sq km. Originally a Dutch colony in the 17th century, by 1815 Guyana had become a British possession. The abolition of slavery led to settlement of urban areas by former slaves and the importation of indentured servants from India to work the sugar plantations. The resulting ethnocultural divide has persisted and has led to turbulent politics. Guyana achieved independence from the UK in 1966, and since then it has been ruled mostly by socialist-oriented governments. In 1992, Cheddi JAGAN was elected president in what is considered the country's first free and fair election since independence. After his death five years later, his wife, Janet JAGAN, became president but resigned in 1999 due to poor health. Her successor, Bharrat JAGDEO, was reelected in 2001 and again in 2006. Donald RAMOTAR was elected president in 2011.

How big is Guyana 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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