Quality of Life Comparison


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


live 4.4 years less

In Ecuador, the average life expectancy is 77 years (74 years for men, 80 years for women). In Guatemala, that number is 73 years (71 years for men, 75 years for women).


be 50.0% less likely to be unemployed

In Ecuador, 4.6% of adults are unemployed. In Guatemala, that number is 2.3%.

spend 80.0% less on taxes

Ecuador has a top tax rate of 35.0%. In Guatemala, the top tax rate is 7.0%.

make 29.6% less money

Ecuador has a GDP per capita of $11,500, while in Guatemala, the GDP per capita is $8,100.


have 34.6% more children

In Ecuador, there are approximately 17.9 babies per 1,000 people. In Guatemala, there are 24.1 babies per 1,000 people.

be 37.5% more likely to die during childbirth

In Ecuador, approximately 64.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Guatemala, 88.0 women do.

be 13.7% less likely to be literate

In Ecuador, the literacy rate is 94.4%. In Guatemala, it is 81.5%.

be 29.9% more likely to die during infancy

In Ecuador, approximately 16.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Guatemala, on the other hand, 21.3 children do.

Basic Needs

be 19.6% 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 Guatemala, that number is 78% of people on average (85% in urban areas, and 72% in rural areas).

be 36.2% less likely to have internet access

In Ecuador, approximately 54.1% of the population has internet access. In Guatemala, about 34.5% do.


spend 44.0% less on education

Ecuador spends 5.0% of its total GDP on education. Guatemala spends 2.8% of total GDP on education.

spend 32.6% less on healthcare

Ecuador spends 9.2% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Guatemala, that number is 6.2% of GDP.


see 82.1% less coastline

Ecuador has a total of 2,237 km of coastline. In Guatemala, that number is 400 km.

Guatemala: At a glance

Guatemala is a sovereign country in Central America/Caribbean, with a total land area of approximately 107,159 sq km. The Maya civilization flourished in Guatemala and surrounding regions during the first millennium A.D. After almost three centuries as a Spanish colony, Guatemala won its independence in 1821. During the second half of the 20th century, it experienced a variety of military and civilian governments, as well as a 36-year guerrilla war. In 1996, the government signed a peace agreement formally ending the internal conflict, which had left more than 200,000 people dead and had created, by some estimates, about 1 million refugees.

How big is Guatemala 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, Superintendence of the Tax Administration.


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