Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Burkina Faso instead of China, you would:

Health

live 19.8 years less


In China, the average life expectancy is 76 years (74 years for men, 78 years for women). In Burkina Faso, that number is 56 years (54 years for men, 58 years for women).

Economy

make 88.6% less money


China has a GDP per capita of $16,700, while in Burkina Faso, the GDP per capita is $1,900.

be 19.7 times more likely to be unemployed


In China, 3.9% of adults are unemployed. In Burkina Faso, that number is 77.0%.

be 12.2 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In China, 3.3% live below the poverty line. In Burkina Faso, however, that number is 40.1%.

Life

be 62.7% less likely to be literate


In China, the literacy rate is 96.4%. In Burkina Faso, it is 36.0%.

have 3.3 times more children


In China, there are approximately 12.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Burkina Faso, there are 41.2 babies per 1,000 people.

be 13.7 times more likely to die during childbirth


In China, approximately 27.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Burkina Faso, 371.0 women do.

be 6.0 times more likely to die during infancy


In China, approximately 12.0 children die before they reach the age of one. In Burkina Faso, on the other hand, 72.2 children do.

Basic Needs

be 83.0% less likely to have access to electricity


In China, 100% of people have electricity access (100% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas). In Burkina Faso, that number is 17% of people on average (56% in urban areas, and 1% in rural areas).

be 73.7% less likely to have internet access


In China, approximately 53.2% of the population has internet access. In Burkina Faso, about 14.0% do.

be 13.8% less likely to have access to improved drinking water


In China, approximately 96% of people have improved drinking water access (98% in urban areas, and 93% in rural areas). In Burkina Faso, that number is 82% of people on average (98% in urban areas, and 76% in rural areas).

Burkina Faso: At a glance

Burkina Faso is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 273,800 sq km. Burkina Faso (formerly Upper Volta) achieved independence from France in 1960. Repeated military coups during the 1970s and 1980s were followed by multiparty elections in the early 1990s. Current President Blaise COMPAORE came to power in a 1987 military coup and has won every election since then. There have been increasing protests over the belief that the president may try to run for a currently unconstitutional third term in the 2015 presidential elections. Burkina Faso's high population growth and limited natural resources result in poor economic prospects for the majority of its citizens.

How big is Burkina Faso compared to China? 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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