Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 67.8% less likely to be obese


In Ecuador, 19.9% of adults are obese. In Bhutan, that number is 6.4% of people.

live 6.4 years less


In Ecuador, the average life expectancy is 77 years (74 years for men, 80 years for women). In Bhutan, that number is 71 years (70 years for men, 72 years for women).

Economy

be 30.4% less likely to be unemployed


In Ecuador, 4.6% of adults are unemployed. In Bhutan, that number is 3.2%.

make 24.3% less money


Ecuador has a GDP per capita of $11,500, while in Bhutan, the GDP per capita is $8,700.

Life

be 31.2% less likely to be literate


In Ecuador, the literacy rate is 94.4%. In Bhutan, it is 64.9%.

be 2.3 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Ecuador, approximately 64.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Bhutan, 148.0 women do.

be 95.7% more likely to die during infancy


In Ecuador, approximately 16.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Bhutan, on the other hand, 32.1 children do.

Basic Needs

be 15.1% more likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Ecuador, approximately 87% of people have improved drinking water access (93% in urban areas, and 76% in rural areas). In Bhutan, that number is 100% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas).

be 21.6% 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 Bhutan, that number is 76% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 53% in rural areas).

be 22.7% less likely to have internet access


In Ecuador, approximately 54.1% of the population has internet access. In Bhutan, about 41.8% do.

Expenditures

spend 60.9% less on healthcare


Ecuador spends 9.2% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Bhutan, that number is 3.6% of GDP.

spend 48.0% more on education


Ecuador spends 5.0% of its total GDP on education. Bhutan spends 7.4% of total GDP on education.

Bhutan: At a glance

Bhutan is a sovereign country in South Asia, with a total land area of approximately 38,394 sq km. In 1865, Britain and Bhutan signed the Treaty of Sinchulu, under which Bhutan would receive an annual subsidy in exchange for ceding some border land to British India. Under British influence, a monarchy was set up in 1907; three years later, a treaty was signed whereby the British agreed not to interfere in Bhutanese internal affairs, and Bhutan allowed Britain to direct its foreign affairs. This role was assumed by independent India after 1947. Two years later, a formal Indo-Bhutanese accord returned to Bhutan the areas annexed by the British, formalized the annual subsidies the country received, and defined India's responsibilities in defense and foreign relations. In March 2005, King Jigme Singye WANGCHUCK unveiled the government's draft constitution - which introduced major democratic reforms - and pledged to hold a national referendum for its approval. In December 2006, the King abdicated the throne in favor of his son, Jigme Khesar Namgyel WANGCHUCK, in order to give him experience as head of state before the democratic transition. In early 2007, India and Bhutan renegotiated their treaty, eliminating the clause that stated that Bhutan would be "guided by" India in conducting its foreign policy, although Thimphu continues to coordinate closely with New Delhi. Elections for seating the country's first parliament were completed in March 2008; the king ratified the country's first constitution in July 2008. Bhutan experienced a peaceful turnover of power following parliamentary elections in 2013, which routed the incumbent party. The disposition of some 30,000 Bhutanese refugees - housed in two UN refugee camps in Nepal - remains unresolved.

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

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