Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 19.9 years longer


In Burkina Faso, the average life expectancy is 56 years (54 years for men, 58 years for women). In Maldives, that number is 76 years (74 years for men, 78 years for women).

be 53.6% more likely to be obese


In Burkina Faso, 5.6% of adults are obese. In Maldives, that number is 8.6% of people.

Economy

make 10.1 times more money


Burkina Faso has a GDP per capita of $1,900, while in Maldives, the GDP per capita is $19,100.

be 96.2% less likely to be unemployed


In Burkina Faso, 77.0% of adults are unemployed. In Maldives, that number is 2.9%.

be 62.6% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Burkina Faso, 40.1% live below the poverty line. In Maldives, however, that number is 15.0%.

Life

be 81.7% less likely to die during childbirth


In Burkina Faso, approximately 371.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Maldives, 68.0 women do.

be 69.5% less likely to die during infancy


In Burkina Faso, approximately 72.2 children die before they reach the age of one. In Maldives, on the other hand, 22.0 children do.

be 2.8 times more likely to be literate


In Burkina Faso, the literacy rate is 36.0%. In Maldives, it is 99.3%.

have 60.9% less children


In Burkina Faso, there are approximately 41.2 babies per 1,000 people. In Maldives, there are 16.1 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 5.9 times more likely to have access to electricity


In Burkina Faso, 17% of the population has electricity access. In Maldives, 100% of the population do.

be 4.2 times more likely to have internet access


In Burkina Faso, approximately 14.0% of the population has internet access. In Maldives, about 59.1% do.

be 19.8% 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 Maldives, that number is 99% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 98% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 2.7 times more on healthcare


Burkina Faso spends 5.0% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Maldives, that number is 13.7% of GDP.

Maldives: At a glance

Maldives is a sovereign country in South Asia, with a total land area of approximately 298 sq km. A sultanate since the 12th century, the Maldives became a British protectorate in 1887. It became a republic in 1968, three years after independence. President Maumoon Abdul GAYOOM dominated the islands' political scene for 30 years, elected to six successive terms by single-party referendums. Following political demonstrations in the capital Male in August 2003, the president and his government pledged to embark upon a process of liberalization and democratic reforms, including a more representative political system and expanded political freedoms. Progress was sluggish, however, and many promised reforms were slow to be realized. Nonetheless, political parties were legalized in 2005. In June 2008, a constituent assembly - termed the "Special Majlis" - finalized a new constitution, which was ratified by the president in August. The first-ever presidential elections under a multi-candidate, multi-party system were held in October 2008. GAYOOM was defeated in a runoff poll by Mohamed NASHEED, a political activist who had been jailed several years earlier by the former regime. President NASHEED faced a number of challenges including strengthening democracy and combating poverty and drug abuse. In early February 2012, after several weeks of street protests following his sacking of a top judge, NASHEED resigned the presidency and handed over power to Vice President Mohammed WAHEED Hassan Maniku. In mid-2012, a Commission of National Inquiry was set by the government to probe events leading up to NASHEED's resignation. Though the commission found no evidence of a coup, the report recommended the need to strengthen the country's democratic institutions to avert similar events in the future, and to further investigate alleged police misconduct during the crisis. Maldivian officials have played a prominent role in international climate change discussions (due to the islands' low elevation and the threat from sea-level rise) on the UN Human Rights Council and in other international forums, as well as in encouraging regional cooperation, especially between India and Pakistan.

How big is Maldives 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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