Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 25.9 years longer


In Burkina Faso, the average life expectancy is 56 years (54 years for men, 58 years for women). In Spain, that number is 82 years (79 years for men, 85 years for women).

be 4.3 times more likely to be obese


In Burkina Faso, 5.6% of adults are obese. In Spain, that number is 23.8% of people.

Economy

make 20.2 times more money


Burkina Faso has a GDP per capita of $1,900, while in Spain, the GDP per capita is $38,300.

be 77.8% less likely to be unemployed


In Burkina Faso, 77.0% of adults are unemployed. In Spain, that number is 17.1%.

be 47.4% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Burkina Faso, 40.1% live below the poverty line. In Spain, however, that number is 21.1%.

Life

be 98.7% less likely to die during childbirth


In Burkina Faso, approximately 371.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Spain, 5.0 women do.

be 95.4% less likely to die during infancy


In Burkina Faso, approximately 72.2 children die before they reach the age of one. In Spain, on the other hand, 3.3 children do.

be 2.7 times more likely to be literate


In Burkina Faso, the literacy rate is 36.0%. In Spain, it is 98.3%.

have 77.7% less children


In Burkina Faso, there are approximately 41.2 babies per 1,000 people. In Spain, there are 9.2 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 Spain, 100% of the population do.

be 5.8 times more likely to have internet access


In Burkina Faso, approximately 14.0% of the population has internet access. In Spain, about 80.6% do.

be 21.5% 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 Spain, that number is 100% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 80.0% more on healthcare


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

Spain: At a glance

Spain is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 498,980 sq km. Spain's powerful world empire of the 16th and 17th centuries ultimately yielded command of the seas to England. Subsequent failure to embrace the mercantile and industrial revolutions caused the country to fall behind Britain, France, and Germany in economic and political power. Spain remained neutral in World War I and II but suffered through a devastating civil war (1936-39). A peaceful transition to democracy following the death of dictator Francisco FRANCO in 1975, and rapid economic modernization (Spain joined the EU in 1986) gave Spain a dynamic and rapidly growing economy and made it a global champion of freedom and human rights. More recently the government has had to focus on measures to reverse a severe economic recession that began in mid-2008. Austerity measures implemented to reduce a large budget deficit and reassure foreign investors have led to one of the highest unemployment rates in Europe.

How big is Spain 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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