Quality of Life Comparison


If you lived in Kuwait instead of Djibouti, you would:


be 92.3% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS

In Djibouti, 1.3% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Kuwait, that number is 0.1% of people.

live 14.6 years longer

In Djibouti, the average life expectancy is 64 years (61 years for men, 66 years for women). In Kuwait, that number is 78 years (77 years for men, 80 years for women).

be 2.8 times more likely to be obese

In Djibouti, 13.5% of adults are obese. In Kuwait, that number is 37.9% of people.


make 18.4 times more money

Djibouti has a GDP per capita of $3,600, while in Kuwait, the GDP per capita is $66,200.

be 94.8% less likely to be unemployed

In Djibouti, 40.0% of adults are unemployed. In Kuwait, that number is 2.1%.


be 98.3% less likely to die during childbirth

In Djibouti, approximately 229.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Kuwait, 4.0 women do.

be 84.7% less likely to die during infancy

In Djibouti, approximately 45.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Kuwait, on the other hand, 7.0 children do.

have 17.9% fewer children

In Djibouti, there are approximately 23.4 babies per 1,000 people. In Kuwait, there are 19.2 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 96.0% more likely to have access to electricity

In Djibouti, 50% of people have electricity access (61% in urban areas, and 14% in rural areas). In Kuwait, that number is 98% of people on average (98% in urban areas, and 93% in rural areas).

be 6.0 times more likely to have internet access

In Djibouti, approximately 13.1% of the population has internet access. In Kuwait, about 78.4% do.

be 10.0% more likely to have access to improved drinking water

In Djibouti, approximately 90% of people have improved drinking water access (97% in urban areas, and 65% in rural areas). In Kuwait, that number is 99% of people on average (99% in urban areas, and 99% in rural areas).


spend 71.7% less on healthcare

Djibouti spends 10.6% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Kuwait, that number is 3.0% of GDP.


see 58.9% more coastline

Djibouti has a total of 314 km of coastline. In Kuwait, that number is 499 km.

Kuwait: At a glance

Kuwait is a sovereign country in Middle East, with a total land area of approximately 17,818 sq km. Britain oversaw foreign relations and defense for the ruling Kuwaiti AL-SABAH dynasty from 1899 until independence in 1961. Kuwait was attacked and overrun by Iraq on 2 August 1990. Following several weeks of aerial bombardment, a US-led, UN coalition began a ground assault on 23 February 1991 that liberated Kuwait in four days. Kuwait spent more than $5 billion to repair oil infrastructure damaged during 1990-91. The AL-SABAH family has ruled since returning to power in 1991 and reestablished an elected legislature that in recent years has become increasingly assertive. The country witnessed the historic election in 2009 of four women to its National Assembly. Amid the 2010-11 uprisings and protests across the Arab world, stateless Arabs, known as bidun, staged small protests in February and March 2011 demanding citizenship, jobs, and other benefits available to Kuwaiti nationals. Youth activist groups - supported by opposition legislators - rallied repeatedly in 2011 for the prime minister's dismissal amid allegations of widespread government corruption. Demonstrators forced the prime minister to resign in late 2011. In late 2012, Kuwait witnessed unprecedented protests in response to the Amir's changes to the electoral law by decree reducing the number of votes per person from four to one. The opposition, led by a coalition of Sunni Islamists, tribalists, some liberals, and myriad youth groups, largely boycotted legislative elections in 2012 and 2013 ushering in legislatures more amenable to the government's agenda. Since 2006, the Amir has dissolved the National Assembly on five occasions (the Constitutional Court annulled the Assembly in June 2012 and again in June 2013) and shuffled the cabinet over a dozen times, usually citing political stagnation and gridlock between the legislature and the government.

How big is Kuwait compared to Djibouti? 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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