Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 17.6 years longer


In Burkina Faso, the average life expectancy is 56 years (54 years for men, 58 years for women). In Nicaragua, that number is 74 years (71 years for men, 76 years for women).

be 4.2 times more likely to be obese


In Burkina Faso, 5.6% of adults are obese. In Nicaragua, that number is 23.7% of people.

Economy

make 3.1 times more money


Burkina Faso has a GDP per capita of $1,900, while in Nicaragua, the GDP per capita is $5,800.

be 91.6% less likely to be unemployed


In Burkina Faso, 77.0% of adults are unemployed. In Nicaragua, that number is 6.5%.

be 26.2% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Burkina Faso, 40.1% live below the poverty line. In Nicaragua, however, that number is 29.6%.

Life

be 59.6% less likely to die during childbirth


In Burkina Faso, approximately 371.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Nicaragua, 150.0 women do.

be 74.7% less likely to die during infancy


In Burkina Faso, approximately 72.2 children die before they reach the age of one. In Nicaragua, on the other hand, 18.3 children do.

be 2.3 times more likely to be literate


In Burkina Faso, the literacy rate is 36.0%. In Nicaragua, it is 82.8%.

have 57.0% less children


In Burkina Faso, there are approximately 41.2 babies per 1,000 people. In Nicaragua, there are 17.7 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 Nicaragua, that number is 78% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 43% in rural areas).

be 75.7% more likely to have internet access


In Burkina Faso, approximately 14.0% of the population has internet access. In Nicaragua, about 24.6% do.

Expenditures

spend 80.0% more on healthcare


Burkina Faso spends 5.0% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Nicaragua, that number is 9.0% of GDP.

Nicaragua: At a glance

Nicaragua is a sovereign country in Central America/Caribbean, with a total land area of approximately 119,990 sq km. The Pacific coast of Nicaragua was settled as a Spanish colony from Panama in the early 16th century. Independence from Spain was declared in 1821 and the country became an independent republic in 1838. Britain occupied the Caribbean Coast in the first half of the 19th century, but gradually ceded control of the region in subsequent decades. Violent opposition to governmental manipulation and corruption spread to all classes by 1978 and resulted in a short-lived civil war that brought the Marxist Sandinista guerrillas to power in 1979. Nicaraguan aid to leftist rebels in El Salvador caused the US to sponsor anti-Sandinista contra guerrillas through much of the 1980s. After losing free and fair elections in 1990, 1996, and 2001, former Sandinista President Daniel ORTEGA Saavedra was elected president in 2006 and reelected in 2011. The 2008 municipal elections, 2010 regional elections, 2011 presidential elections, 2012 municipal elections, and 2013 regional elections were marred by widespread irregularities. Nicaragua's infrastructure and economy - hard hit by the earlier civil war and by Hurricane Mitch in 1998 - are slowly being rebuilt, but democratic institutions have been weakened under the ORTEGA administration.

How big is Nicaragua 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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