Quality of Life Comparison

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

Health

live 17.3 years longer


In Congo, Democratic Republic Of, the average life expectancy is 58 years (56 years for men, 59 years for women). In Turkey, that number is 75 years (73 years for men, 78 years for women).

be 4.8 times more likely to be obese


In Congo, Democratic Republic Of, 6.7% of adults are obese. In Turkey, that number is 32.1% of people.

Economy

make 33.6 times more money


Congo, Democratic Republic Of has a GDP per capita of $800, while in Turkey, the GDP per capita is $26,900.

be 65.2% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Congo, Democratic Republic Of, 63.0% live below the poverty line. In Turkey, however, that number is 21.9%.

Life

be 97.7% less likely to die during childbirth


In Congo, Democratic Republic Of, approximately 693.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Turkey, 16.0 women do.

be 24.2% more likely to be literate


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

be 74.2% less likely to die during infancy


In Congo, Democratic Republic Of, approximately 68.2 children die before they reach the age of one. In Turkey, on the other hand, 17.6 children do.

have 53.1% less children


In Congo, Democratic Republic Of, there are approximately 33.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Turkey, there are 15.7 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 Turkey, 100% of the population do.

be 15.3 times more likely to have internet access


In Congo, Democratic Republic Of, approximately 3.8% of the population has internet access. In Turkey, about 58.3% do.

be 90.8% 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 Turkey, that number is 100% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 91.3% more on education


Congo, Democratic Republic Of spends 2.3% of its total GDP on education. Turkey spends 4.4% of total GDP on education.

spend 25.6% more on healthcare


Congo, Democratic Republic Of spends 4.3% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Turkey, that number is 5.4% of GDP.

Geography

see 194.6 times more coastline


Congo, Democratic Republic Of has a total of 37 km of coastline. In Turkey, that number is 7,200 km.

Turkey: At a glance

Turkey is a sovereign country in Middle East, with a total land area of approximately 769,632 sq km. Modern Turkey was founded in 1923 from the Anatolian remnants of the defeated Ottoman Empire by national hero Mustafa KEMAL, who was later honored with the title Ataturk or "Father of the Turks." Under his leadership, the country adopted wide-ranging social, legal, and political reforms. After a period of one-party rule, an experiment with multi-party politics led to the 1950 election victory of the opposition Democratic Party and the peaceful transfer of power. Since then, Turkish political parties have multiplied, but democracy has been fractured by periods of instability and intermittent military coups (1960, 1971, 1980), which in each case eventually resulted in a return of political power to civilians. In 1997, the military again helped engineer the ouster - popularly dubbed a "post-modern coup" - of the then Islamic-oriented government. Turkey intervened militarily on Cyprus in 1974 to prevent a Greek takeover of the island and has since acted as patron state to the "Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus," which only Turkey recognizes. A separatist insurgency begun in 1984 by the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) - now known as the Kurdistan People's Congress or Kongra-Gel (KGK) - has dominated the Turkish military's attention and claimed more than 30,000 lives. After the capture of the group's leader in 1999, the insurgents largely withdrew from Turkey mainly to northern Iraq. In 2013, KGK and the Turkish Government agreed to a ceasefire that continues despite slow progress in ongoing peace talks. Turkey joined the UN in 1945 and in 1952 it became a member of NATO. In 1964, Turkey became an associate member of the European Community. Over the past decade, it has undertaken many reforms to strengthen its democracy and economy; it began accession membership talks with the European Union in 2005.

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

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