Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Rwanda instead of Cabo Verde, you would:

Health

be 50.8% less likely to be obese


In Cabo Verde, 11.8% of adults are obese. In Rwanda, that number is 5.8% of people.

be 4.5 times more likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Cabo Verde, 0.6% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Rwanda, that number is 2.7% of people.

live 8.1 years less


In Cabo Verde, the average life expectancy is 72 years (70 years for men, 75 years for women). In Rwanda, that number is 64 years (62 years for men, 66 years for women).

Economy

be 70.0% less likely to be unemployed


In Cabo Verde, 9.0% of adults are unemployed. In Rwanda, that number is 2.7%.

make 69.6% less money


Cabo Verde has a GDP per capita of $6,900, while in Rwanda, the GDP per capita is $2,100.

be 30.3% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In Cabo Verde, 30.0% live below the poverty line. In Rwanda, however, that number is 39.1%.

Life

have 53.5% more children


In Cabo Verde, there are approximately 20.0 babies per 1,000 people. In Rwanda, there are 30.7 babies per 1,000 people.

be 6.9 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Cabo Verde, approximately 42.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Rwanda, 290.0 women do.

be 18.8% less likely to be literate


In Cabo Verde, the literacy rate is 86.8%. In Rwanda, it is 70.5%.

be 35.6% more likely to die during infancy


In Cabo Verde, approximately 21.9 children die before they reach the age of one. In Rwanda, on the other hand, 29.7 children do.

Basic Needs

be 70.3% less 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 Rwanda, that number is 21% of people on average (67% in urban areas, and 5% in rural areas).

be 17.0% less likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Cabo Verde, approximately 92% of people have improved drinking water access (94% in urban areas, and 87% in rural areas). In Rwanda, that number is 76% of people on average (87% in urban areas, and 72% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 35.2% less on education


Cabo Verde spends 5.4% of its total GDP on education. Rwanda spends 3.5% of total GDP on education.

spend 56.3% more on healthcare


Cabo Verde spends 4.8% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Rwanda, that number is 7.5% of GDP.

Rwanda: At a glance

Rwanda is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 24,668 sq km. In 1959, three years before independence from Belgium, the majority ethnic group, the Hutus, overthrew the ruling Tutsi king. Over the next several years, thousands of Tutsis were killed, and some 150,000 driven into exile in neighboring countries. The children of these exiles later formed a rebel group, the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF), and began a civil war in 1990. The war, along with several political and economic upheavals, exacerbated ethnic tensions, culminating in April 1994 in a state-orchestrated genocide, in which Rwandans killed up to a million of their fellow citizens, including approximately three-quarters of the Tutsi population. The genocide ended later that same year when the predominantly Tutsi RPF, operating out of Uganda and northern Rwanda, defeated the national army and Hutu militias, and established an RPF-led government of national unity. Approximately 2 million Hutu refugees - many fearing Tutsi retribution - fled to neighboring Burundi, Tanzania, Uganda, and former Zaire. Since then, most of the refugees have returned to Rwanda, but several thousand remained in the neighboring Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC, the former Zaire) and formed an extremist insurgency bent on retaking Rwanda, much as the RPF did in 1990. Rwanda held its first local elections in 1999 and its first post-genocide presidential and legislative elections in 2003. Rwanda in 2009 staged a joint military operation with the Congolese Army in DRC to rout out the Hutu extremist insurgency there, and Kigali and Kinshasa restored diplomatic relations. Rwanda also joined the Commonwealth in late 2009. In January 2013, Rwanda assumed a nonpermanent seat on the UN Security Council for the 2013-14 term.

How big is Rwanda 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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