Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 1.1 years less


In Ecuador, the average life expectancy is 77 years (74 years for men, 80 years for women). In Colombia, that number is 76 years (73 years for men, 79 years for women).

be 12.1% more likely to be obese


In Ecuador, 19.9% of adults are obese. In Colombia, that number is 22.3% of people.

Economy

make 26.1% more money


Ecuador has a GDP per capita of $11,500, while in Colombia, the GDP per capita is $14,500.

be 2.3 times more likely to be unemployed


In Ecuador, 4.6% of adults are unemployed. In Colombia, that number is 10.5%.

Life

be 17.1% less likely to die during infancy


In Ecuador, approximately 16.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Colombia, on the other hand, 13.6 children do.

have 10.1% less children


In Ecuador, there are approximately 17.9 babies per 1,000 people. In Colombia, there are 16.1 babies per 1,000 people.

Expenditures

spend 10.0% less on education


Ecuador spends 5.0% of its total GDP on education. Colombia spends 4.5% of total GDP on education.

spend 21.7% less on healthcare


Ecuador spends 9.2% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Colombia, that number is 7.2% of GDP.

Geography

see 43.4% more coastline


Ecuador has a total of 2,237 km of coastline. In Colombia, that number is 3,208 km.

Colombia: At a glance

Colombia is a sovereign country in South America, with a total land area of approximately 1,038,700 sq km. Colombia was one of the three countries that emerged from the collapse of Gran Colombia in 1830 (the others are Ecuador and Venezuela). A nearly five-decade long conflict between government forces and anti-government insurgent groups, principally the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) heavily funded by the drug trade, escalated during the 1990s. More than 31,000 former paramilitaries had demobilized by the end of 2006 and the United Self Defense Forces of Colombia as a formal organization had ceased to function. In the wake of the paramilitary demobilization, emerging criminal groups arose, whose members include some former paramilitaries. The insurgents lack the military or popular support necessary to overthrow the government, but continue attacks against civilians. Large areas of the countryside are under guerrilla influence or are contested by security forces. In November 2012, the Colombian Government started formal peace negotiations with the FARC aimed at reaching a definitive bilateral ceasefire and incorporating demobilized FARC members into mainstream society and politics. The Colombian Government has stepped up efforts to reassert government control throughout the country, and now has a presence in every one of its administrative departments. Despite decades of internal conflict and drug related security challenges, Colombia maintains relatively strong democratic institutions characterized by peaceful, transparent elections and the protection of civil liberties.

How big is Colombia compared to Ecuador? 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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