Quality of Life Comparison


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


be 61.1% less likely to be obese

In Costa Rica, 25.7% of adults are obese. In Thailand, that number is 10.0% of people.

be 2.8 times more likely to be living with HIV/AIDS

In Costa Rica, 0.4% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Thailand, that number is 1.1% of people.

live 3.8 years less

In Costa Rica, the average life expectancy is 79 years (76 years for men, 82 years for women). In Thailand, that number is 75 years (72 years for men, 78 years for women).


be 91.4% less likely to be unemployed

In Costa Rica, 8.1% of adults are unemployed. In Thailand, that number is 0.7%.

be 66.8% less likely to be live below the poverty line

In Costa Rica, 21.7% live below the poverty line. In Thailand, however, that number is 7.2%.

spend 2.3 times more on taxes

Costa Rica has a top tax rate of 15.0%. In Thailand, the top tax rate is 35.0%.


be 20.0% less likely to die during childbirth

In Costa Rica, approximately 25.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Thailand, 20.0 women do.

be 15.0% more likely to die during infancy

In Costa Rica, approximately 8.0 children die before they reach the age of one. In Thailand, on the other hand, 9.2 children do.

have 29.0% fewer children

In Costa Rica, there are approximately 15.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Thailand, there are 11.0 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 28.0% less likely to have internet access

In Costa Rica, approximately 66.0% of the population has internet access. In Thailand, about 47.5% do.


spend 42.3% less on education

Costa Rica spends 7.1% of its total GDP on education. Thailand spends 4.1% of total GDP on education.

spend 30.1% less on healthcare

Costa Rica spends 9.3% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Thailand, that number is 6.5% of GDP.


see 2.5 times more coastline

Costa Rica has a total of 1,290 km of coastline. In Thailand, that number is 3,219 km.

Thailand: At a glance

Thailand is a sovereign country in East/Southeast Asia, with a total land area of approximately 510,890 sq km. A unified Thai kingdom was established in the mid-14th century. Known as Siam until 1939, Thailand is the only Southeast Asian country never to have been taken over by a European power. A bloodless revolution in 1932 led to a constitutional monarchy. In alliance with Japan during World War II, Thailand became a US treaty ally in 1954 after sending troops to Korea and later fighting alongside the United States in Vietnam. Thailand since 2005 has experienced several rounds of political turmoil including a military coup in 2006 that ousted then Prime Minister THAKSIN Chinnawat, followed by large-scale street protests by competing political factions in 2008, 2009, and 2010. THAKSIN's youngest sister, YINGLAK Chinnawat, in 2011 led the Puea Thai Party to an electoral win and assumed control of the government. A blanket amnesty bill for individuals involved in street protests, altered at the last minute to include all political crimes - including all convictions against THAKSIN - triggered months of large-scale anti-government protests in Bangkok beginning in November 2013. In early May 2014 YINGLAK was removed from office and in late May 2014 the Royal Thai Army staged a coup against the caretaker government. Thailand has also experienced violence associated with the ethno-nationalist insurgency in Thailand's southern Malay-Muslim majority provinces. Since January 2004, thousands have been killed and wounded in the insurgency.

How big is Thailand 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, The Revenue Department, Government of Thailand, Directorate General of Taxation of Costa Rica.


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