Quality of Life Comparison


If you lived in Bhutan instead of Cambodia, you would:


live 6.2 years longer

In Cambodia, the average life expectancy is 66 years (63 years for men, 69 years for women) as of 2020. In Bhutan, that number is 72 years (71 years for men, 73 years for women) as of 2020.

be 64.1% more likely to be obese

In Cambodia, 3.9% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Bhutan, that number is 6.4% of people as of 2016.


make 2.2 times more money

Cambodia has a GDP per capita of $4,000 as of 2017, while in Bhutan, the GDP per capita is $9,000 as of 2017.

be 27.3% less likely to be live below the poverty line

In Cambodia, 16.5% live below the poverty line as of 2016. In Bhutan, however, that number is 12.0% as of 2012.

be 10.7 times more likely to be unemployed

In Cambodia, 0.3% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Bhutan, that number is 3.2% as of 2017.


be 38.2% less likely to die during infancy

In Cambodia, approximately 43.7 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Bhutan, on the other hand, 27.0 children do as of 2020.

be 17.3% less likely to be literate

In Cambodia, the literacy rate is 80.5% as of 2015. In Bhutan, it is 66.6% as of 2017.

have 23.5% fewer children

In Cambodia, there are approximately 21.3 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Bhutan, there are 16.3 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 2.0 times more likely to have access to electricity

In Cambodia, approximately 50% of the population has electricity access as of 2017. In Bhutan, 100% of the population do as of 2016.

be 20.3% more likely to have internet access

In Cambodia, approximately 40.0% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Bhutan, about 48.1% do as of 2018.

be 24.2% more likely to have access to improved drinking water

In Cambodia, approximately 80% of people have improved drinking water access (98% in urban areas, and 78% in rural areas) as of 2017. In Bhutan, that number is 100% of people on average (99% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas) as of 2017.


spend 3.5 times more on education

Cambodia spends 1.9% of its total GDP on education as of 2014. Bhutan spends 6.6% of total GDP on education as of 2018.

Bhutan: At a glance

Bhutan is a sovereign country in South Asia, with a total land area of approximately 38,394 sq km. In 1865, Britain and Bhutan signed the Treaty of Sinchulu, under which Bhutan would receive an annual subsidy in exchange for ceding some border land to British India. Under British influence, a monarchy was set up in 1907; three years later, a treaty was signed whereby the British agreed not to interfere in Bhutanese internal affairs, and Bhutan allowed Britain to direct its foreign affairs. This role was assumed by independent India after 1947. Two years later, a formal Indo-Bhutanese accord returned to Bhutan the areas annexed by the British, formalized the annual subsidies the country received, and defined India's responsibilities in defense and foreign relations. In March 2005, King Jigme Singye WANGCHUCK unveiled the government's draft constitution - which introduced major democratic reforms - and pledged to hold a national referendum for its approval. In December 2006, the King abdicated the throne in favor of his son, Jigme Khesar Namgyel WANGCHUCK, in order to give him experience as head of state before the democratic transition. In early 2007, India and Bhutan renegotiated their treaty, eliminating the clause that stated that Bhutan would be "guided by" India in conducting its foreign policy, although Thimphu continues to coordinate closely with New Delhi. Elections for seating the country's first parliament were completed in March 2008; the king ratified the country's first constitution in July 2008. Bhutan experienced a peaceful turnover of power following parliamentary elections in 2013, which routed the incumbent party. The disposition of some 30,000 Bhutanese refugees - housed in two UN refugee camps in Nepal - remains unresolved.

How big is Bhutan compared to Cambodia? 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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