Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 29.8 times more likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Burkina Faso, 0.8% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Lesotho, that number is 23.8% of people.

live 2.9 years less


In Burkina Faso, the average life expectancy is 56 years (54 years for men, 58 years for women). In Lesotho, that number is 53 years (53 years for men, 53 years for women).

be 3.0 times more likely to be obese


In Burkina Faso, 5.6% of adults are obese. In Lesotho, that number is 16.6% of people.

Economy

make 89.5% more money


Burkina Faso has a GDP per capita of $1,900, while in Lesotho, the GDP per capita is $3,600.

be 63.5% less likely to be unemployed


In Burkina Faso, 77.0% of adults are unemployed. In Lesotho, that number is 28.1%.

be 42.1% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In Burkina Faso, 40.1% live below the poverty line. In Lesotho, however, that number is 57.0%.

Life

be 36.1% less likely to die during infancy


In Burkina Faso, approximately 72.2 children die before they reach the age of one. In Lesotho, on the other hand, 46.1 children do.

be 31.3% more likely to die during childbirth


In Burkina Faso, approximately 371.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Lesotho, 487.0 women do.

be 2.2 times more likely to be literate


In Burkina Faso, the literacy rate is 36.0%. In Lesotho, it is 79.4%.

have 40.3% less children


In Burkina Faso, there are approximately 41.2 babies per 1,000 people. In Lesotho, there are 24.6 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 95.7% more likely to have internet access


In Burkina Faso, approximately 14.0% of the population has internet access. In Lesotho, about 27.4% do.

Expenditures

spend 2.7 times more on education


Burkina Faso spends 4.2% of its total GDP on education. Lesotho spends 11.4% of total GDP on education.

spend 2.1 times more on healthcare


Burkina Faso spends 5.0% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Lesotho, that number is 10.6% of GDP.

Lesotho: At a glance

Lesotho is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 30,355 sq km. Basutoland was renamed the Kingdom of Lesotho upon independence from the UK in 1966. The Basuto National Party ruled the country during its first two decades. King MOSHOESHOE was exiled in 1990, but returned to Lesotho in 1992 and was reinstated in 1995 and subsequently succeeded by his son, King LETSIE III, in 1996. Constitutional government was restored in 1993 after seven years of military rule. In 1998, violent protests and a military mutiny following a contentious election prompted a brief but bloody intervention by South African and Batswana military forces under the aegis of the Southern African Development Community. Subsequent constitutional reforms restored relative political stability. Peaceful parliamentary elections were held in 2002, but the National Assembly elections of February 2007 were hotly contested and aggrieved parties disputed how the electoral law was applied to award proportional seats in the Assembly. In May 2012, competitive elections involving 18 parties saw Prime Minister Motsoahae Thomas THABANE form a coalition government - the first in the country's history - that ousted the 14-year incumbent, Pakalitha MOSISILI, who peacefully transferred power the following month.

How big is Lesotho 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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