Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Bangladesh instead of Ecuador, you would:

Health

be 81.9% less likely to be obese


In Ecuador, 19.9% of adults are obese. In Bangladesh, that number is 3.6% of people.

live 3.6 years less


In Ecuador, the average life expectancy is 77 years (74 years for men, 80 years for women). In Bangladesh, that number is 73 years (71 years for men, 76 years for women).

Economy

be 13.0% less likely to be unemployed


In Ecuador, 4.6% of adults are unemployed. In Bangladesh, that number is 4.0%.

spend 14.3% less on taxes


Ecuador has a top tax rate of 35.0%. In Bangladesh, the top tax rate is 30.0%.

make 63.5% less money


Ecuador has a GDP per capita of $11,500, while in Bangladesh, the GDP per capita is $4,200.

Life

be 2.8 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Ecuador, approximately 64.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Bangladesh, 176.0 women do.

be 22.9% less likely to be literate


In Ecuador, the literacy rate is 94.4%. In Bangladesh, it is 72.8%.

be 93.3% more likely to die during infancy


In Ecuador, approximately 16.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Bangladesh, on the other hand, 31.7 children do.

Basic Needs

be 38.1% less likely to have access to electricity


In Ecuador, 97% of people have electricity access (100% in urban areas, and 92% in rural areas). In Bangladesh, that number is 60% of people on average (90% in urban areas, and 49% in rural areas).

be 66.4% less likely to have internet access


In Ecuador, approximately 54.1% of the population has internet access. In Bangladesh, about 18.2% do.

Expenditures

spend 50.0% less on education


Ecuador spends 5.0% of its total GDP on education. Bangladesh spends 2.5% of total GDP on education.

spend 69.6% less on healthcare


Ecuador spends 9.2% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Bangladesh, that number is 2.8% of GDP.

Geography

see 74.1% less coastline


Ecuador has a total of 2,237 km of coastline. In Bangladesh, that number is 580 km.

Bangladesh: At a glance

Bangladesh is a sovereign country in South Asia, with a total land area of approximately 130,170 sq km. Muslim conversions and settlement in the region now referred to as Bangladesh began in the 10th century, primarily from Arab and Persian traders and preachers. Europeans began to set up trading posts in the area in the 16th century. Eventually the area known as Bengal, primarily Hindu in the western section and mostly Muslim in the eastern half, became part of British India. Partition in 1947 resulted in an eastern wing of Pakistan in the Muslim-majority area, which became East Pakistan. Calls for greater autonomy and animosity between the eastern and western wings of Pakistan led to a Bengali independence movement. That movement, led by the Awami League (AL) and supported by India, won independence for Bangladesh in a brief war in 1971, during which at least 300,000 civilians died. The post-independence, AL government faced daunting challenges and in 1975 was overthrown by the military, triggering a series of military coups that resulted in a military-backed government and subsequent creation of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP). That government also ended in a coup in 1981, followed by military-backed rule until democratic elections in 1991. The BNP and AL have alternately held power since then, with the exception of a military-backed, emergency caretaker regime that suspended parliamentary elections planned for January 2007 in an effort to reform the political system and root out corruption. That government returned the country to fully democratic rule in December 2008 with the election of the AL and Prime Minister Sheikh HASINA. In January 2014, the AL won the national election by an overwhelming majority after the BNP boycotted, extending HASINA's term as prime minister. With the help of international development assistance, Bangladesh has made great progress in food security since independence, and the economy has grown at an average of about 6 percent over the last two decades.

How big is Bangladesh compared to Ecuador? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Servicio de Rentas Internas del Ecuador, National Board of Revenue (NBR), Bangladesh.

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