Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Canada instead of Costa Rica, you would:

Health

live 3.2 years longer


In Costa Rica, the average life expectancy is 79 years (76 years for men, 82 years for women). In Canada, that number is 82 years (79 years for men, 85 years for women).

be 14.4% more likely to be obese


In Costa Rica, 25.7% of adults are obese. In Canada, that number is 29.4% of people.

Economy

make 2.9 times more money


Costa Rica has a GDP per capita of $16,900, while in Canada, the GDP per capita is $48,300.

be 19.8% less likely to be unemployed


In Costa Rica, 8.1% of adults are unemployed. In Canada, that number is 6.5%.

be 56.7% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Costa Rica, 21.7% live below the poverty line. In Canada, however, that number is 9.4%.

spend 2.2 times more on taxes


Costa Rica has a top tax rate of 15.0%. In Canada, the top tax rate is 33.0%.

Life

be 72.0% less likely to die during childbirth


In Costa Rica, approximately 25.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Canada, 7.0 women do.

be 43.8% less likely to die during infancy


In Costa Rica, approximately 8.0 children die before they reach the age of one. In Canada, on the other hand, 4.5 children do.

have 33.5% fewer children


In Costa Rica, there are approximately 15.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Canada, there are 10.3 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 36.1% more likely to have internet access


In Costa Rica, approximately 66.0% of the population has internet access. In Canada, about 89.8% do.

Expenditures

spend 25.4% less on education


Costa Rica spends 7.1% of its total GDP on education. Canada spends 5.3% of total GDP on education.

spend 11.8% more on healthcare


Costa Rica spends 9.3% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Canada, that number is 10.4% of GDP.

Geography

see 156.7 times more coastline


Costa Rica has a total of 1,290 km of coastline. In Canada, that number is 202,080 km.

Canada: At a glance

Canada is a sovereign country in North America, with a total land area of approximately 9,093,507 sq km. A land of vast distances and rich natural resources, Canada became a self-governing dominion in 1867 while retaining ties to the British crown. Economically and technologically, the nation has developed in parallel with the US, its neighbor to the south across the world's longest unfortified border. Canada faces the political challenges of meeting public demands for quality improvements in health care, education, social services, and economic competitiveness, as well as responding to the particular concerns of predominantly francophone Quebec. Canada also aims to develop its diverse energy resources while maintaining its commitment to the environment.

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


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Canada Revenue Agency, Directorate General of Taxation of Costa Rica.

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