Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Panama instead of Dominican Republic, you would:

Health

be 17.8% less likely to be obese


In Dominican Republic, 27.6% of adults are obese. In Panama, that number is 22.7% of people.

Economy

make 50.3% more money


Dominican Republic has a GDP per capita of $16,900, while in Panama, the GDP per capita is $25,400.

be 24.6% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Dominican Republic, 30.5% live below the poverty line. In Panama, however, that number is 23.0%.

Life

be 43.4% less likely to die during infancy


In Dominican Republic, approximately 17.5 children die before they reach the age of one. In Panama, on the other hand, 9.9 children do.

Basic Needs

be 11.8% more likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Dominican Republic, approximately 85% of people have improved drinking water access (85% in urban areas, and 82% in rural areas). In Panama, that number is 95% of people on average (98% in urban areas, and 87% in rural areas).

be 11.9% less likely to have internet access


In Dominican Republic, approximately 61.3% of the population has internet access. In Panama, about 54.0% do.

Expenditures

spend 81.8% more on healthcare


Dominican Republic spends 4.4% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Panama, that number is 8.0% of GDP.

Geography

see 93.3% more coastline


Dominican Republic has a total of 1,288 km of coastline. In Panama, that number is 2,490 km.

Panama: At a glance

Panama is a sovereign country in Central America/Caribbean, with a total land area of approximately 74,340 sq km. Explored and settled by the Spanish in the 16th century, Panama broke with Spain in 1821 and joined a union of Colombia, Ecuador, and Venezuela - named the Republic of Gran Colombia. When the latter dissolved in 1830, Panama remained part of Colombia. With US backing, Panama seceded from Colombia in 1903 and promptly signed a treaty with the US allowing for the construction of a canal and US sovereignty over a strip of land on either side of the structure (the Panama Canal Zone). The Panama Canal was built by the US Army Corps of Engineers between 1904 and 1914. In 1977, an agreement was signed for the complete transfer of the Canal from the US to Panama by the end of the century. Certain portions of the Zone and increasing responsibility over the Canal were turned over in the subsequent decades. With US help, dictator Manuel NORIEGA was deposed in 1989. The entire Panama Canal, the area supporting the Canal, and remaining US military bases were transferred to Panama by the end of 1999. In October 2006, Panamanians approved an ambitious plan (estimated to cost $5.3 billion) to expand the Canal. The project, which began in 2007 and could double the Canal's capacity, is expected to be completed in 2015.

How big is Panama compared to Dominican Republic? 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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