Quality of Life Comparison


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


be 31.3% less likely to be obese

In Canada, 29.4% of adults are obese. In Bolivia, that number is 20.2% of people.

live 12.4 years less

In Canada, the average life expectancy is 82 years (79 years for men, 85 years for women). In Bolivia, that number is 70 years (67 years for men, 72 years for women).


be 38.5% less likely to be unemployed

In Canada, 6.5% of adults are unemployed. In Bolivia, that number is 4.0%.

spend 60.6% less on taxes

Canada has a top tax rate of 33.0%. In Bolivia, the top tax rate is 13.0%.

make 84.5% less money

Canada has a GDP per capita of $48,300, while in Bolivia, the GDP per capita is $7,500.

be 4.1 times more likely to live below the poverty line

In Canada, 9.4% live below the poverty line. In Bolivia, however, that number is 38.6%.


have 2.1 times more children

In Canada, there are approximately 10.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Bolivia, there are 22.0 babies per 1,000 people.

be 29.4 times more likely to die during childbirth

In Canada, approximately 7.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Bolivia, 206.0 women do.

be 7.8 times more likely to die during infancy

In Canada, approximately 4.5 children die before they reach the age of one. In Bolivia, on the other hand, 35.3 children do.

Basic Needs

be 10.0% less likely to have access to electricity

In Canada, 100% of the population has electricity access. In Bolivia, 90% of the population do.

be 55.8% less likely to have internet access

In Canada, approximately 89.8% of the population has internet access. In Bolivia, about 39.7% do.


spend 39.4% less on healthcare

Canada spends 10.4% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Bolivia, that number is 6.3% of GDP.

spend 37.7% more on education

Canada spends 5.3% of its total GDP on education. Bolivia spends 7.3% of total GDP on education.

Bolivia: At a glance

Bolivia is a sovereign country in South America, with a total land area of approximately 1,083,301 sq km. Bolivia, named after independence fighter Simon BOLIVAR, broke away from Spanish rule in 1825; much of its subsequent history has consisted of a series of nearly 200 coups and countercoups. Democratic civilian rule was established in 1982, but leaders have faced difficult problems of deep-seated poverty, social unrest, and illegal drug production. In December 2005, Bolivians elected Movement Toward Socialism leader Evo MORALES president - by the widest margin of any leader since the restoration of civilian rule in 1982 - after he ran on a promise to change the country's traditional political class and empower the nation's poor, indigenous majority. In December 2009, President MORALES easily won reelection, and his party took control of the legislative branch of the government, which will allow him to continue his process of change. In October 2011, the country held its first judicial elections to select judges for the four highest courts.

How big is Bolivia compared to Canada? See an in-depth size comparison.

The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Canada Revenue Agency, Autoridad de Impugnación Tributaria (AIT), Bolivia.


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