Quality of Life Comparison


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


be 21.4% less likely to be obese

In Costa Rica, 25.7% of adults are obese. In Guyana, that number is 20.2% of people.

be 4.2 times more likely to be living with HIV/AIDS

In Costa Rica, 0.4% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Guyana, that number is 1.7% of people.

live 10.1 years less

In Costa Rica, the average life expectancy is 79 years (76 years for men, 82 years for women). In Guyana, that number is 69 years (66 years for men, 72 years for women).


make 51.5% less money

Costa Rica has a GDP per capita of $16,900, while in Guyana, the GDP per capita is $8,200.

be 37.0% more likely to be unemployed

In Costa Rica, 8.1% of adults are unemployed. In Guyana, that number is 11.1%.

be 61.3% more likely to be live below the poverty line

In Costa Rica, 21.7% live below the poverty line. In Guyana, however, that number is 35.0%.


be 9.2 times more likely to die during childbirth

In Costa Rica, approximately 25.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Guyana, 229.0 women do.

be 3.8 times more likely to die during infancy

In Costa Rica, approximately 8.0 children die before they reach the age of one. In Guyana, on the other hand, 30.4 children do.

Basic Needs

be 20.6% less likely to have access to electricity

In Costa Rica, 100% of people have electricity access (100% in urban areas, and 98% in rural areas). In Guyana, that number is 79% of people on average (91% in urban areas, and 75% in rural areas).

be 45.9% less likely to have internet access

In Costa Rica, approximately 66.0% of the population has internet access. In Guyana, about 35.7% do.


spend 54.9% less on education

Costa Rica spends 7.1% of its total GDP on education. Guyana spends 3.2% of total GDP on education.

spend 44.1% less on healthcare

Costa Rica spends 9.3% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Guyana, that number is 5.2% of GDP.


see 64.4% less coastline

Costa Rica has a total of 1,290 km of coastline. In Guyana, that number is 459 km.

Guyana: At a glance

Guyana is a sovereign country in South America, with a total land area of approximately 196,849 sq km. Originally a Dutch colony in the 17th century, by 1815 Guyana had become a British possession. The abolition of slavery led to settlement of urban areas by former slaves and the importation of indentured servants from India to work the sugar plantations. The resulting ethnocultural divide has persisted and has led to turbulent politics. Guyana achieved independence from the UK in 1966, and since then it has been ruled mostly by socialist-oriented governments. In 1992, Cheddi JAGAN was elected president in what is considered the country's first free and fair election since independence. After his death five years later, his wife, Janet JAGAN, became president but resigned in 1999 due to poor health. Her successor, Bharrat JAGDEO, was reelected in 2001 and again in 2006. Donald RAMOTAR was elected president in 2011.

How big is Guyana 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.


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