Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 12.2 years longer


In Burkina Faso, the average life expectancy is 56 years (54 years for men, 58 years for women). In Pakistan, that number is 68 years (66 years for men, 70 years for women).

be 53.6% more likely to be obese


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

Economy

make 2.8 times more money


Burkina Faso has a GDP per capita of $1,900, while in Pakistan, the GDP per capita is $5,400.

be 92.2% less likely to be unemployed


In Burkina Faso, 77.0% of adults are unemployed. In Pakistan, that number is 6.0%.

Life

be 52.0% less likely to die during childbirth


In Burkina Faso, approximately 371.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Pakistan, 178.0 women do.

be 27.8% less likely to die during infancy


In Burkina Faso, approximately 72.2 children die before they reach the age of one. In Pakistan, on the other hand, 52.1 children do.

be 60.8% more likely to be literate


In Burkina Faso, the literacy rate is 36.0%. In Pakistan, it is 57.9%.

have 46.8% less children


In Burkina Faso, there are approximately 41.2 babies per 1,000 people. In Pakistan, there are 21.9 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 4.3 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 Pakistan, that number is 73% of people on average (91% in urban areas, and 62% in rural areas).

be 10.7% more likely to have internet access


In Burkina Faso, approximately 14.0% of the population has internet access. In Pakistan, about 15.5% do.

be 11.1% 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 Pakistan, that number is 91% of people on average (94% in urban areas, and 90% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 33.3% less on education


Burkina Faso spends 4.2% of its total GDP on education. Pakistan spends 2.8% of total GDP on education.

spend 48.0% less on healthcare


Burkina Faso spends 5.0% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Pakistan, that number is 2.6% of GDP.

Pakistan: At a glance

Pakistan is a sovereign country in South Asia, with a total land area of approximately 770,875 sq km. The Indus Valley civilization, one of the oldest in the world and dating back at least 5,000 years, spread over much of what is presently Pakistan. During the second millennium B.C., remnants of this culture fused with the migrating Indo-Aryan peoples. The area underwent successive invasions in subsequent centuries from the Persians, Greeks, Scythians, Arabs (who brought Islam), Afghans, and Turks. The Mughal Empire flourished in the 16th and 17th centuries; the British came to dominate the region in the 18th century. The separation in 1947 of British India into the Muslim state of Pakistan (with West and East sections) and largely Hindu India was never satisfactorily resolved, and India and Pakistan fought two wars - in 1947-48 and 1965 - over the disputed Kashmir territory. A third war between these countries in 1971 - in which India capitalized on Islamabad's marginalization of Bengalis in Pakistani politics - resulted in East Pakistan becoming the separate nation of Bangladesh. In response to Indian nuclear weapons testing, Pakistan conducted its own tests in 1998. India-Pakistan relations have been rocky since the November 2008 Mumbai attacks, but both countries are taking small steps to put relations back on track. In February 2008, Pakistan held parliamentary elections and in September 2008, after the resignation of former President MUSHARRAF, elected Asif Ali ZARDARI to the presidency. Pakistani government and military leaders are struggling to control domestic insurgents, many of whom are located in the tribal areas adjacent to the border with Afghanistan.

How big is Pakistan 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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