Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Costa Rica instead of Cabo Verde, you would:

Health

live 6.3 years longer


In Cabo Verde, the average life expectancy is 72 years (70 years for men, 75 years for women). In Costa Rica, that number is 79 years (76 years for men, 82 years for women).

be 2.2 times more likely to be obese


In Cabo Verde, 11.8% of adults are obese. In Costa Rica, that number is 25.7% of people.

Economy

make 2.4 times more money


Cabo Verde has a GDP per capita of $6,900, while in Costa Rica, the GDP per capita is $16,900.

be 10.0% less likely to be unemployed


In Cabo Verde, 9.0% of adults are unemployed. In Costa Rica, that number is 8.1%.

be 27.7% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Cabo Verde, 30.0% live below the poverty line. In Costa Rica, however, that number is 21.7%.

Life

be 40.5% less likely to die during childbirth


In Cabo Verde, approximately 42.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Costa Rica, 25.0 women do.

be 63.5% less likely to die during infancy


In Cabo Verde, approximately 21.9 children die before they reach the age of one. In Costa Rica, on the other hand, 8.0 children do.

be 12.7% more likely to be literate


In Cabo Verde, the literacy rate is 86.8%. In Costa Rica, it is 97.8%.

have 22.5% less children


In Cabo Verde, there are approximately 20.0 babies per 1,000 people. In Costa Rica, there are 15.5 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 40.9% more likely to have access to electricity


In Cabo Verde, 71% of people have electricity access (84% in urban areas, and 47% in rural areas). In Costa Rica, that number is 100% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 98% in rural areas).

be 36.9% more likely to have internet access


In Cabo Verde, approximately 48.2% of the population has internet access. In Costa Rica, about 66.0% do.

Expenditures

spend 31.5% more on education


Cabo Verde spends 5.4% of its total GDP on education. Costa Rica spends 7.1% of total GDP on education.

spend 93.8% more on healthcare


Cabo Verde spends 4.8% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Costa Rica, that number is 9.3% of GDP.

Geography

see 33.7% more coastline


Cabo Verde has a total of 965 km of coastline. In Costa Rica, that number is 1,290 km.

Costa Rica: At a glance

Costa Rica is a sovereign country in Central America/Caribbean, with a total land area of approximately 51,060 sq km. Although explored by the Spanish early in the 16th century, initial attempts at colonizing Costa Rica proved unsuccessful due to a combination of factors, including disease from mosquito-infested swamps, brutal heat, resistance by natives, and pirate raids. It was not until 1563 that a permanent settlement of Cartago was established in the cooler, fertile central highlands. The area remained a colony for some two and a half centuries. In 1821, Costa Rica became one of several Central American provinces that jointly declared their independence from Spain. Two years later it joined the United Provinces of Central America, but this federation disintegrated in 1838, at which time Costa Rica proclaimed its sovereignty and independence. Since the late 19th century, only two brief periods of violence have marred the country's democratic development. In 1949, Costa Rica dissolved its armed forces. Although it still maintains a large agricultural sector, Costa Rica has expanded its economy to include strong technology and tourism industries. The standard of living is relatively high. Land ownership is widespread.

How big is Costa Rica compared to Cabo Verde? 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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