Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 14.8 years longer


In Congo, Democratic Republic Of, the average life expectancy is 58 years (56 years for men, 59 years for women). In Suriname, that number is 72 years (70 years for men, 75 years for women).

be 85.7% more likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Congo, Democratic Republic Of, 0.7% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Suriname, that number is 1.3% of people.

be 3.9 times more likely to be obese


In Congo, Democratic Republic Of, 6.7% of adults are obese. In Suriname, that number is 26.4% of people.

Economy

make 18.2 times more money


Congo, Democratic Republic Of has a GDP per capita of $800, while in Suriname, the GDP per capita is $14,600.

be 11.1% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In Congo, Democratic Republic Of, 63.0% live below the poverty line. In Suriname, however, that number is 70.0%.

Life

be 77.6% less likely to die during childbirth


In Congo, Democratic Republic Of, approximately 693.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Suriname, 155.0 women do.

be 64.1% less likely to die during infancy


In Congo, Democratic Republic Of, approximately 68.2 children die before they reach the age of one. In Suriname, on the other hand, 24.5 children do.

be 24.2% more likely to be literate


In Congo, Democratic Republic Of, the literacy rate is 77.0%. In Suriname, it is 95.6%.

have 52.8% less children


In Congo, Democratic Republic Of, there are approximately 33.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Suriname, there are 15.8 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 Suriname, 100% of the population do.

be 11.9 times more likely to have internet access


In Congo, Democratic Republic Of, approximately 3.8% of the population has internet access. In Suriname, about 45.4% do.

be 80.9% 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 Suriname, that number is 95% of people on average (98% in urban areas, and 88% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 32.6% more on healthcare


Congo, Democratic Republic Of spends 4.3% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Suriname, that number is 5.7% of GDP.

Geography

see 10.4 times more coastline


Congo, Democratic Republic Of has a total of 37 km of coastline. In Suriname, that number is 386 km.

Suriname: At a glance

Suriname is a sovereign country in South America, with a total land area of approximately 156,000 sq km. First explored by the Spaniards in the 16th century and then settled by the English in the mid-17th century, Suriname became a Dutch colony in 1667. With the abolition of African slavery in 1863, workers were brought in from India and Java. Independence from the Netherlands was granted in 1975. Five years later the civilian government was replaced by a military regime that soon declared a socialist republic. It continued to exert control through a succession of nominally civilian administrations until 1987, when international pressure finally forced a democratic election. In 1990, the military overthrew the civilian leadership, but a democratically elected government - a four-party coalition - returned to power in 1991. The coalition expanded to eight parties in 2005 and ruled until August 2010, when voters returned former military leader Desire BOUTERSE and his opposition coalition to power.

How big is Suriname 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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