Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 61.2% less likely to be obese


In Canada, 29.4% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Cameroon, that number is 11.4% of people as of 2016.

live 21.1 years less


In Canada, the average life expectancy is 83 years (81 years for men, 86 years for women) as of 2020. In Cameroon, that number is 62 years (61 years for men, 64 years for women) as of 2020.

Economy

be 31.7% less likely to be unemployed


In Canada, 6.3% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Cameroon, that number is 4.3% as of 2014.

make 92.4% less money


Canada has a GDP per capita of $48,400 as of 2017, while in Cameroon, the GDP per capita is $3,700 as of 2017.

be 3.2 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In Canada, 9.4% live below the poverty line as of 2008. In Cameroon, however, that number is 30.0% as of 2001.

Life

have 3.6 times more children


In Canada, there are approximately 10.2 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Cameroon, there are 36.3 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

be 52.9 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Canada, approximately 10.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Cameroon, 529.0 women do as of 2017.

be 12.0 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 Cameroon, on the other hand, 51.5 children do as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 39.9% less likely to have access to electricity


In Canada, approximately 100% of the population has electricity access as of 2016. In Cameroon, 60% of the population do as of 2017.

be 74.5% less likely to have internet access


In Canada, approximately 91.0% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Cameroon, about 23.2% do as of 2018.

be 23.5% less likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Canada, approximately 100% of people have improved drinking water access (100% in urban areas, and 99% in rural areas) as of 2017. In Cameroon, that number is 76% of people on average (94% in urban areas, and 55% in rural areas) as of 2017.

Expenditures

spend 41.5% less on education


Canada spends 5.3% of its total GDP on education as of 2011. Cameroon spends 3.1% of total GDP on education as of 2017.

Geography

see 99.8% less coastline


Canada has a total of 202,080 km of coastline. In Cameroon, that number is 402 km.

Cameroon: At a glance

Cameroon is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 472,710 sq km. French Cameroon became independent in 1960 as the Republic of Cameroon. The following year the southern portion of neighboring British Cameroon voted to merge with the new country to form the Federal Republic of Cameroon. In 1972, a new constitution replaced the federation with a unitary state, the United Republic of Cameroon. The country has generally enjoyed stability, which has permitted the development of agriculture, roads, and railways, as well as a petroleum industry. Despite slow movement toward democratic reform, political power remains firmly in the hands of President Paul BIYA.

How big is Cameroon compared to Canada? 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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