Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Economy

be 96.6% less likely to be unemployed


In Burkina Faso, 77.0% of adults are unemployed. In Niger, that number is 2.6%.

make 36.8% less money


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

be 13.2% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In Burkina Faso, 40.1% live below the poverty line. In Niger, however, that number is 45.4%.

Life

be 46.9% less likely to be literate


In Burkina Faso, the literacy rate is 36.0%. In Niger, it is 19.1%.

be 49.1% more likely to die during childbirth


In Burkina Faso, approximately 371.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Niger, 553.0 women do.

be 12.3% more likely to die during infancy


In Burkina Faso, approximately 72.2 children die before they reach the age of one. In Niger, on the other hand, 81.1 children do.

Basic Needs

be 11.8% less 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 Niger, that number is 15% of people on average (62% in urban areas, and 4% in rural areas).

be 69.3% less likely to have internet access


In Burkina Faso, approximately 14.0% of the population has internet access. In Niger, about 4.3% do.

be 29.3% less 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 Niger, that number is 58% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 49% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 42.9% more on education


Burkina Faso spends 4.2% of its total GDP on education. Niger spends 6.0% of total GDP on education.

spend 16.0% more on healthcare


Burkina Faso spends 5.0% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Niger, that number is 5.8% of GDP.

Niger: At a glance

Niger is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 1,266,700 sq km. Niger became independent from France in 1960 and experienced single-party and military rule until 1991, when Gen. Ali SAIBOU was forced by public pressure to allow multiparty elections, which resulted in a democratic government in 1993. Political infighting brought the government to a standstill and in 1996 led to a coup by Col. Ibrahim BARE. In 1999, BARE was killed in a counter coup by military officers who restored democratic rule and held elections that brought Mamadou TANDJA to power in December of that year. TANDJA was reelected in 2004 and in 2009 spearheaded a constitutional amendment that would allow him to extend his term as president. In February 2010, a military coup deposed TANDJA, immediately suspended the constitution, and dissolved the Cabinet. ISSOUFOU Mahamadou emerged victorious from a crowded field in the election following the coup and was inaugurated in April 2011. Niger is one of the poorest countries in the world with minimal government services and insufficient funds to develop its resource base. The largely agrarian and subsistence-based economy is frequently disrupted by extended droughts common to the Sahel region of Africa. The Nigerien Movement for Justice, a predominantly ethnic Tuareg rebel group, emerged in February 2007, and attacked several military targets in Niger's northern region throughout 2007 and 2008. Successful government offensives in 2009 ended the rebellion. Niger is facing increased security concerns on its borders from various external threats including insecurity in Libya, spillover from the conflict in Mali, and violent extremism in northeastern Nigeria.

How big is Niger 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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