Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 18.3 years longer


In Congo, Democratic Republic Of, the average life expectancy is 58 years (56 years for men, 59 years for women). In Venezuela, that number is 76 years (73 years for men, 79 years for women).

be 3.8 times more likely to be obese


In Congo, Democratic Republic Of, 6.7% of adults are obese. In Venezuela, that number is 25.6% of people.

Economy

make 15.1 times more money


Congo, Democratic Republic Of has a GDP per capita of $800, while in Venezuela, the GDP per capita is $12,100.

be 68.7% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Congo, Democratic Republic Of, 63.0% live below the poverty line. In Venezuela, however, that number is 19.7%.

Life

be 86.3% less likely to die during childbirth


In Congo, Democratic Republic Of, approximately 693.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Venezuela, 95.0 women do.

be 82.1% less likely to die during infancy


In Congo, Democratic Republic Of, approximately 68.2 children die before they reach the age of one. In Venezuela, on the other hand, 12.2 children do.

be 26.1% more likely to be literate


In Congo, Democratic Republic Of, the literacy rate is 77.0%. In Venezuela, it is 97.1%.

have 43.9% less children


In Congo, Democratic Republic Of, there are approximately 33.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Venezuela, there are 18.8 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 people have electricity access (19% in urban areas, and 2% in rural areas). In Venezuela, that number is 100% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 99% in rural areas).

be 15.8 times more likely to have internet access


In Congo, Democratic Republic Of, approximately 3.8% of the population has internet access. In Venezuela, about 60.0% do.

be 77.7% 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 Venezuela, that number is 93% of people on average (95% in urban areas, and 78% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 3.0 times more on education


Congo, Democratic Republic Of spends 2.3% of its total GDP on education. Venezuela spends 6.9% of total GDP on education.

spend 23.3% more on healthcare


Congo, Democratic Republic Of spends 4.3% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Venezuela, that number is 5.3% of GDP.

Geography

see 75.7 times more coastline


Congo, Democratic Republic Of has a total of 37 km of coastline. In Venezuela, that number is 2,800 km.

Venezuela: At a glance

Venezuela is a sovereign country in South America, with a total land area of approximately 882,050 sq km. Venezuela was one of three countries that emerged from the collapse of Gran Colombia in 1830 (the others being Ecuador and New Granada, which became Colombia). For most of the first half of the 20th century, Venezuela was ruled by generally benevolent military strongmen, who promoted the oil industry and allowed for some social reforms. Democratically elected governments have held sway since 1959. Hugo CHAVEZ, president from 1999 to 2013, sought to implement his "21st Century Socialism," which purported to alleviate social ills while at the same time attacking capitalist globalization and existing democratic institutions. His hand-picked successor, President Nicolas MADURO, continues CHAVEZ's socialist programs. Current concerns include: a weakening of democratic institutions, political polarization, a politicized military, rampant violent crime, overdependence on the petroleum industry with its price fluctuations, foreign exchange controls that discourage private-sector investment, high inflation, a decline in the quality of fundamental houman rights, and widespread scarcity of consumer goods.

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

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