Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 35.7% less likely to be obese


In Canada, 29.4% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Botswana, that number is 18.9% of people as of 2016.

live 18.6 years less


In Canada, the average life expectancy is 83 years (81 years for men, 86 years for women) as of 2020. In Botswana, that number is 65 years (63 years for men, 67 years for women) as of 2020.

Economy

pay a 24.2% lower top tax rate


Canada has a top tax rate of 33.0% as of 2016. In Botswana, the top tax rate is 25.0% as of 2016.

make 64.9% less money


Canada has a GDP per capita of $48,400 as of 2017, while in Botswana, the GDP per capita is $17,000 as of 2017.

be 3.2 times more likely to be unemployed


In Canada, 6.3% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Botswana, that number is 20.0% as of 2013.

be 2.1 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In Canada, 9.4% live below the poverty line as of 2008. In Botswana, however, that number is 19.3% as of 2009.

Life

have 2.0 times more children


In Canada, there are approximately 10.2 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Botswana, there are 20.9 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

be 14.4 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Canada, approximately 10.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Botswana, 144.0 women do as of 2017.

be 6.2 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 Botswana, on the other hand, 26.8 children do as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 39.3% less likely to have access to electricity


In Canada, approximately 100% of the population has electricity access as of 2016. In Botswana, 61% of the population do as of 2016.

be 48.4% less likely to have internet access


In Canada, approximately 91.0% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Botswana, about 47.0% do as of 2018.

Expenditures

spend 81.1% more on education


Canada spends 5.3% of its total GDP on education as of 2011. Botswana spends 9.6% of total GDP on education as of 2009.

Botswana: At a glance

Botswana is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 566,730 sq km. Formerly the British protectorate of Bechuanaland, Botswana adopted its new name upon independence in 1966. More than four decades of uninterrupted civilian leadership, progressive social policies, and significant capital investment have created one of the most stable economies in Africa. Mineral extraction, principally diamond mining, dominates economic activity, though tourism is a growing sector due to the country's conservation practices and extensive nature preserves. Botswana has one of the world's highest known rates of HIV/AIDS infection, but also one of Africa's most progressive and comprehensive programs for dealing with the disease.

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


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Botswana Unified Revenue Service, Canada Revenue Agency.

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