Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Dominican Republic instead of Canada, you would:

Health

live 11.4 years less


In Canada, the average life expectancy is 83 years (81 years for men, 86 years for women) as of 2020. In Dominican Republic, that number is 72 years (70 years for men, 74 years for women) as of 2020.

Economy

be 19.0% less likely to be unemployed


In Canada, 6.3% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Dominican Republic, that number is 5.1% as of 2017.

pay a 24.2% lower top tax rate


Canada has a top tax rate of 33.0% as of 2016. In Dominican Republic, 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 Dominican Republic, the GDP per capita is $17,000 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 Dominican Republic, however, that number is 30.5% as of 2016.

Life

have 81.4% more children


In Canada, there are approximately 10.2 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Dominican Republic, there are 18.5 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

be 9.5 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Canada, approximately 10.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Dominican Republic, 95.0 women do as of 2017.

be 4.9 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 Dominican Republic, on the other hand, 20.9 children do as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 17.8% less likely to have internet access


In Canada, approximately 91.0% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Dominican Republic, about 74.8% do as of 2018.

Geography

see 99.4% less coastline


Canada has a total of 202,080 km of coastline. In Dominican Republic, that number is 1,288 km.

Dominican Republic: At a glance

Dominican Republic is a sovereign country in Central America/Caribbean, with a total land area of approximately 48,320 sq km. The Taino - indigenous inhabitants of Hispaniola prior to the arrival of the Europeans - divided the island into five chiefdoms and territories. Christopher COLUMBUS explored and claimed the island on his first voyage in 1492; it became a springboard for Spanish conquest of the Caribbean and the American mainland. In 1697, Spain recognized French dominion over the western third of the island, which in 1804 became Haiti. The remainder of the island, by then known as Santo Domingo, sought to gain its own independence in 1821 but was conquered and ruled by the Haitians for 22 years; it finally attained independence as the Dominican Republic in 1844. In 1861, the Dominicans voluntarily returned to the Spanish Empire, but two years later they launched a war that restored independence in 1865. A legacy of unsettled, mostly non-representative rule followed, capped by the dictatorship of Rafael Leonidas TRUJILLO from 1930 to 1961. Juan BOSCH was elected president in 1962 but was deposed in a military coup in 1963. In 1965, the United States led an intervention in the midst of a civil war sparked by an uprising to restore BOSCH. In 1966, Joaquin BALAGUER defeated BOSCH in an election to become president. BALAGUER maintained a tight grip on power for most of the next 30 years when international reaction to flawed elections forced him to curtail his term in 1996. Since then, regular competitive elections have been held in which opposition candidates have won the presidency. Former President Leonel FERNANDEZ Reyna (first term 1996-2000) won election to a new term in 2004 following a constitutional amendment allowing presidents to serve more than one term, and was later reelected to a second consecutive term. In 2012, Danilo MEDINA Sanchez was elected president.

How big is Dominican Republic 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, Direccion General de Impuestos Internos.

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