Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 78.2% less likely to be obese


In Canada, 29.4% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Bhutan, that number is 6.4% of people as of 2016.

live 11.3 years less


In Canada, the average life expectancy is 83 years (81 years for men, 86 years for women) as of 2020. In Bhutan, that number is 72 years (71 years for men, 73 years for women) as of 2020.

Economy

be 49.2% less likely to be unemployed


In Canada, 6.3% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Bhutan, that number is 3.2% as of 2017.

make 81.4% less money


Canada has a GDP per capita of $48,400 as of 2017, while in Bhutan, the GDP per capita is $9,000 as of 2017.

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


In Canada, 9.4% live below the poverty line as of 2008. In Bhutan, however, that number is 12.0% as of 2012.

Life

have 59.8% more children


In Canada, there are approximately 10.2 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Bhutan, there are 16.3 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

be 18.3 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Canada, approximately 10.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Bhutan, 183.0 women do as of 2017.

be 6.3 times more likely to die during infancy


In Canada, approximately 4.3 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.

Basic Needs

be 47.1% less likely to have internet access


In Canada, approximately 91.0% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Bhutan, about 48.1% do as of 2018.

Expenditures

spend 24.5% more on education


Canada spends 5.3% of its total GDP on education as of 2011. 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.

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The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook.

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