Quality of Life Comparison


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


live 8.6 years longer

In Congo, Democratic Republic Of, the average life expectancy is 58 years (56 years for men, 59 years for women). In Madagascar, that number is 66 years (65 years for men, 68 years for women).

be 20.9% less likely to be obese

In Congo, Democratic Republic Of, 6.7% of adults are obese. In Madagascar, that number is 5.3% of people.


make 100.0% more money

Congo, Democratic Republic Of has a GDP per capita of $800, while in Madagascar, the GDP per capita is $1,600.

be 12.2% more likely to be live below the poverty line

In Congo, Democratic Republic Of, 63.0% live below the poverty line. In Madagascar, however, that number is 70.7%.


be 49.1% less likely to die during childbirth

In Congo, Democratic Republic Of, approximately 693.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Madagascar, 353.0 women do.

be 39.6% less likely to die during infancy

In Congo, Democratic Republic Of, approximately 68.2 children die before they reach the age of one. In Madagascar, on the other hand, 41.2 children do.

be 16.0% less likely to be literate

In Congo, Democratic Republic Of, the literacy rate is 77.0%. In Madagascar, it is 64.7%.

Basic Needs

be 66.7% more likely to have access to electricity

In Congo, Democratic Republic Of, 9% of people have electricity access (19% in urban areas, and 2% in rural areas). In Madagascar, that number is 15% of people on average (37% in urban areas, and 4% in rural areas).

be 23.7% more likely to have internet access

In Congo, Democratic Republic Of, approximately 3.8% of the population has internet access. In Madagascar, about 4.7% do.


spend 30.2% less on healthcare

Congo, Democratic Republic Of spends 4.3% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Madagascar, that number is 3.0% of GDP.


see 130.5 times more coastline

Congo, Democratic Republic Of has a total of 37 km of coastline. In Madagascar, that number is 4,828 km.

Madagascar: At a glance

Madagascar is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 581,540 sq km. Formerly an independent kingdom, Madagascar became a French colony in 1896 but regained independence in 1960. During 1992-93, free presidential and National Assembly elections were held ending 17 years of single-party rule. In 1997, in the second presidential race, Didier RATSIRAKA, the leader during the 1970s and 1980s, was returned to the presidency. The 2001 presidential election was contested between the followers of Didier RATSIRAKA and Marc RAVALOMANANA, nearly causing secession of half of the country. In April 2002, the High Constitutional Court announced RAVALOMANANA the winner. RAVALOMANANA achieved a second term following a landslide victory in the generally free and fair presidential elections of 2006. In early 2009, protests over increasing restrictions on opposition press and activities resulted in RAVALOMANANA handing over power to the military, which then conferred the presidency on the mayor of Antananarivo, Andry RAJOELINA, in what amounted to a coup d'etat. Following a lengthy mediation process led by the Southern African Development Community (SADC), Madagascar held UN-supported presidential and parliamentary elections in 2013. Former de facto finance minister Hery RAJAONARIMAMPIANINA defeated RAVALOMANANA's favored candidate Jean-Louis ROBINSON in a presidential runoff and was inaugurated in January 2014. Most international observers, while noting some irregularities, declared polls to be a credible reflection of the Malagasy public's will.

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The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook.


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