Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 22.9 years longer


In Burkina Faso, the average life expectancy is 56 years (54 years for men, 58 years for women). In Panama, that number is 79 years (76 years for men, 82 years for women).

be 4.1 times more likely to be obese


In Burkina Faso, 5.6% of adults are obese. In Panama, that number is 22.7% of people.

Economy

make 13.4 times more money


Burkina Faso has a GDP per capita of $1,900, while in Panama, the GDP per capita is $25,400.

be 92.9% less likely to be unemployed


In Burkina Faso, 77.0% of adults are unemployed. In Panama, that number is 5.5%.

be 42.6% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Burkina Faso, 40.1% live below the poverty line. In Panama, however, that number is 23.0%.

Life

be 74.7% less likely to die during childbirth


In Burkina Faso, approximately 371.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Panama, 94.0 women do.

be 2.6 times more likely to be literate


In Burkina Faso, the literacy rate is 36.0%. In Panama, it is 95.0%.

be 86.3% less likely to die during infancy


In Burkina Faso, approximately 72.2 children die before they reach the age of one. In Panama, on the other hand, 9.9 children do.

have 56.6% less children


In Burkina Faso, there are approximately 41.2 babies per 1,000 people. In Panama, there are 17.9 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 5.4 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 Panama, that number is 91% of people on average (94% in urban areas, and 80% in rural areas).

be 3.9 times more likely to have internet access


In Burkina Faso, approximately 14.0% of the population has internet access. In Panama, about 54.0% do.

be 15.1% 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 Panama, that number is 95% of people on average (98% in urban areas, and 87% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 23.8% less on education


Burkina Faso spends 4.2% of its total GDP on education. Panama spends 3.2% of total GDP on education.

spend 60.0% more on healthcare


Burkina Faso spends 5.0% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Panama, that number is 8.0% of GDP.

Panama: At a glance

Panama is a sovereign country in Central America/Caribbean, with a total land area of approximately 74,340 sq km. Explored and settled by the Spanish in the 16th century, Panama broke with Spain in 1821 and joined a union of Colombia, Ecuador, and Venezuela - named the Republic of Gran Colombia. When the latter dissolved in 1830, Panama remained part of Colombia. With US backing, Panama seceded from Colombia in 1903 and promptly signed a treaty with the US allowing for the construction of a canal and US sovereignty over a strip of land on either side of the structure (the Panama Canal Zone). The Panama Canal was built by the US Army Corps of Engineers between 1904 and 1914. In 1977, an agreement was signed for the complete transfer of the Canal from the US to Panama by the end of the century. Certain portions of the Zone and increasing responsibility over the Canal were turned over in the subsequent decades. With US help, dictator Manuel NORIEGA was deposed in 1989. The entire Panama Canal, the area supporting the Canal, and remaining US military bases were transferred to Panama by the end of 1999. In October 2006, Panamanians approved an ambitious plan (estimated to cost $5.3 billion) to expand the Canal. The project, which began in 2007 and could double the Canal's capacity, is expected to be completed in 2015.

How big is Panama 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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