Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Bulgaria instead of Congo, Democratic Republic Of, you would:

Health

live 17.0 years longer


In Congo, Democratic Republic Of, the average life expectancy is 58 years (56 years for men, 59 years for women). In Bulgaria, that number is 75 years (71 years for men, 78 years for women).

be 3.7 times more likely to be obese


In Congo, Democratic Republic Of, 6.7% of adults are obese. In Bulgaria, that number is 25.0% of people.

Economy

make 27.1 times more money


Congo, Democratic Republic Of has a GDP per capita of $800, while in Bulgaria, the GDP per capita is $21,700.

be 62.9% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Congo, Democratic Republic Of, 63.0% live below the poverty line. In Bulgaria, however, that number is 23.4%.

Life

be 98.4% less likely to die during childbirth


In Congo, Democratic Republic Of, approximately 693.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Bulgaria, 11.0 women do.

be 87.7% less likely to die during infancy


In Congo, Democratic Republic Of, approximately 68.2 children die before they reach the age of one. In Bulgaria, on the other hand, 8.4 children do.

be 27.8% more likely to be literate


In Congo, Democratic Republic Of, the literacy rate is 77.0%. In Bulgaria, it is 98.4%.

have 74.0% less children


In Congo, Democratic Republic Of, there are approximately 33.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Bulgaria, there are 8.7 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 11.1 times more likely to have access to electricity


In Congo, Democratic Republic Of, 9% of the population has electricity access. In Bulgaria, 100% of the population do.

be 15.7 times more likely to have internet access


In Congo, Democratic Republic Of, approximately 3.8% of the population has internet access. In Bulgaria, about 59.8% do.

be 89.7% more likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Congo, Democratic Republic Of, approximately 52% of people have improved drinking water access (81% in urban areas, and 31% in rural areas). In Bulgaria, that number is 99% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 99% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 78.3% more on education


Congo, Democratic Republic Of spends 2.3% of its total GDP on education. Bulgaria spends 4.1% of total GDP on education.

spend 95.3% more on healthcare


Congo, Democratic Republic Of spends 4.3% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Bulgaria, that number is 8.4% of GDP.

Geography

see 9.6 times more coastline


Congo, Democratic Republic Of has a total of 37 km of coastline. In Bulgaria, that number is 354 km.

Bulgaria: At a glance

Bulgaria is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 108,489 sq km. The Bulgars, a Central Asian Turkic tribe, merged with the local Slavic inhabitants in the late 7th century to form the first Bulgarian state. In succeeding centuries, Bulgaria struggled with the Byzantine Empire to assert its place in the Balkans, but by the end of the 14th century the country was overrun by the Ottoman Turks. Northern Bulgaria attained autonomy in 1878 and all of Bulgaria became independent from the Ottoman Empire in 1908. Having fought on the losing side in both World Wars, Bulgaria fell within the Soviet sphere of influence and became a People's Republic in 1946. Communist domination ended in 1990, when Bulgaria held its first multiparty election since World War II and began the contentious process of moving toward political democracy and a market economy while combating inflation, unemployment, corruption, and crime. The country joined NATO in 2004 and the EU in 2007.

How big is Bulgaria compared to Congo, Democratic Republic Of? 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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