Quality of Life Comparison


If you lived in Canada instead of Cuba, you would:


live 4.2 years longer

In Cuba, the average life expectancy is 79 years (77 years for men, 82 years for women) as of 2020. In Canada, that number is 83 years (81 years for men, 86 years for women) as of 2020.

be 19.5% more likely to be obese

In Cuba, 24.6% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Canada, that number is 29.4% of people as of 2016.


make 3.9 times more money

Cuba has a GDP per capita of $12,300 as of 2016, while in Canada, the GDP per capita is $48,400 as of 2017.

be 2.4 times more likely to be unemployed

In Cuba, 2.6% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Canada, that number is 6.3% as of 2017.


be 72.2% less likely to die during childbirth

In Cuba, approximately 36.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Canada, 10.0 women do as of 2017.

Basic Needs

be 59.2% more likely to have internet access

In Cuba, approximately 57.1% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Canada, about 91.0% do as of 2018.


spend 58.6% less on education

Cuba spends 12.8% of its total GDP on education as of 2010. Canada spends 5.3% of total GDP on education as of 2011.


see 54.1 times more coastline

Cuba has a total of 3,735 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 Cuba? 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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