Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Kuwait instead of Central African Republic, you would:

Health

be 97.5% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Central African Republic, 4.0% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Kuwait, that number is 0.1% of people.

live 25.4 years longer


In Central African Republic, the average life expectancy is 53 years (51 years for men, 54 years for women). In Kuwait, that number is 78 years (77 years for men, 80 years for women).

be 5.1 times more likely to be obese


In Central African Republic, 7.5% of adults are obese. In Kuwait, that number is 37.9% of people.

Economy

make 94.6 times more money


Central African Republic has a GDP per capita of $700, while in Kuwait, the GDP per capita is $66,200.

be 69.6% less likely to be unemployed


In Central African Republic, 6.9% of adults are unemployed. In Kuwait, that number is 2.1%.

Life

be 99.5% less likely to die during childbirth


In Central African Republic, approximately 882.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Kuwait, 4.0 women do.

be 2.6 times more likely to be literate


In Central African Republic, the literacy rate is 36.8%. In Kuwait, it is 95.7%.

be 91.9% less likely to die during infancy


In Central African Republic, approximately 86.3 children die before they reach the age of one. In Kuwait, on the other hand, 7.0 children do.

have 44.0% fewer children


In Central African Republic, there are approximately 34.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Kuwait, there are 19.2 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 32.7 times more likely to have access to electricity


In Central African Republic, 3% of people have electricity access (5% in urban areas, and 1% in rural areas). In Kuwait, that number is 98% of people on average (98% in urban areas, and 93% in rural areas).

be 17.0 times more likely to have internet access


In Central African Republic, approximately 4.6% of the population has internet access. In Kuwait, about 78.4% do.

be 44.5% more likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Central African Republic, approximately 68% of people have improved drinking water access (90% in urban areas, and 54% in rural areas). In Kuwait, that number is 99% of people on average (99% in urban areas, and 99% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 28.6% less on healthcare


Central African Republic spends 4.2% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Kuwait, that number is 3.0% of GDP.

Kuwait: At a glance

Kuwait is a sovereign country in Middle East, with a total land area of approximately 17,818 sq km. Britain oversaw foreign relations and defense for the ruling Kuwaiti AL-SABAH dynasty from 1899 until independence in 1961. Kuwait was attacked and overrun by Iraq on 2 August 1990. Following several weeks of aerial bombardment, a US-led, UN coalition began a ground assault on 23 February 1991 that liberated Kuwait in four days. Kuwait spent more than $5 billion to repair oil infrastructure damaged during 1990-91. The AL-SABAH family has ruled since returning to power in 1991 and reestablished an elected legislature that in recent years has become increasingly assertive. The country witnessed the historic election in 2009 of four women to its National Assembly. Amid the 2010-11 uprisings and protests across the Arab world, stateless Arabs, known as bidun, staged small protests in February and March 2011 demanding citizenship, jobs, and other benefits available to Kuwaiti nationals. Youth activist groups - supported by opposition legislators - rallied repeatedly in 2011 for the prime minister's dismissal amid allegations of widespread government corruption. Demonstrators forced the prime minister to resign in late 2011. In late 2012, Kuwait witnessed unprecedented protests in response to the Amir's changes to the electoral law by decree reducing the number of votes per person from four to one. The opposition, led by a coalition of Sunni Islamists, tribalists, some liberals, and myriad youth groups, largely boycotted legislative elections in 2012 and 2013 ushering in legislatures more amenable to the government's agenda. Since 2006, the Amir has dissolved the National Assembly on five occasions (the Constitutional Court annulled the Assembly in June 2012 and again in June 2013) and shuffled the cabinet over a dozen times, usually citing political stagnation and gridlock between the legislature and the government.

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

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