Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 26.2 years longer


In Burkina Faso, the average life expectancy is 56 years (54 years for men, 58 years for women). In Sweden, that number is 82 years (80 years for men, 84 years for women).

be 3.7 times more likely to be obese


In Burkina Faso, 5.6% of adults are obese. In Sweden, that number is 20.6% of people.

Economy

make 27.1 times more money


Burkina Faso has a GDP per capita of $1,900, while in Sweden, the GDP per capita is $51,500.

be 91.4% less likely to be unemployed


In Burkina Faso, 77.0% of adults are unemployed. In Sweden, that number is 6.6%.

be 62.6% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Burkina Faso, 40.1% live below the poverty line. In Sweden, however, that number is 15.0%.

Life

be 98.9% less likely to die during childbirth


In Burkina Faso, approximately 371.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Sweden, 4.0 women do.

be 96.4% less likely to die during infancy


In Burkina Faso, approximately 72.2 children die before they reach the age of one. In Sweden, on the other hand, 2.6 children do.

have 70.6% less children


In Burkina Faso, there are approximately 41.2 babies per 1,000 people. In Sweden, there are 12.1 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 Sweden, 100% of the population do.

be 6.5 times more likely to have internet access


In Burkina Faso, approximately 14.0% of the population has internet access. In Sweden, about 91.5% 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 Sweden, that number is 100% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 83.3% more on education


Burkina Faso spends 4.2% of its total GDP on education. Sweden spends 7.7% of total GDP on education.

spend 2.4 times more on healthcare


Burkina Faso spends 5.0% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Sweden, that number is 11.9% of GDP.

Sweden: At a glance

Sweden is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 410,335 sq km. A military power during the 17th century, Sweden has not participated in any war for almost two centuries. An armed neutrality was preserved in both world wars. Sweden's long-successful economic formula of a capitalist system intermixed with substantial welfare elements was challenged in the 1990s by high unemployment and in 2000-02 and 2009 by the global economic downturns, but fiscal discipline over the past several years has allowed the country to weather economic vagaries. Sweden joined the EU in 1995, but the public rejected the introduction of the euro in a 2003 referendum.

How big is Sweden 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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