Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 5.7 times more likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Ecuador, 0.3% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Guyana, that number is 1.7% of people.

live 8.4 years less


In Ecuador, the average life expectancy is 77 years (74 years for men, 80 years for women). In Guyana, that number is 69 years (66 years for men, 72 years for women).

Economy

make 28.7% less money


Ecuador has a GDP per capita of $11,500, while in Guyana, the GDP per capita is $8,200.

be 2.4 times more likely to be unemployed


In Ecuador, 4.6% of adults are unemployed. In Guyana, that number is 11.1%.

Life

be 3.6 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Ecuador, approximately 64.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Guyana, 229.0 women do.

be 85.4% more likely to die during infancy


In Ecuador, approximately 16.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Guyana, on the other hand, 30.4 children do.

have 14.0% less children


In Ecuador, there are approximately 17.9 babies per 1,000 people. In Guyana, there are 15.4 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 13.1% 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 Guyana, that number is 98% of people on average (98% in urban areas, and 98% in rural areas).

be 18.6% 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 Guyana, that number is 79% of people on average (91% in urban areas, and 75% in rural areas).

be 34.0% less likely to have internet access


In Ecuador, approximately 54.1% of the population has internet access. In Guyana, about 35.7% do.

Expenditures

spend 36.0% less on education


Ecuador spends 5.0% of its total GDP on education. Guyana spends 3.2% of total GDP on education.

spend 43.5% less on healthcare


Ecuador spends 9.2% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Guyana, that number is 5.2% of GDP.

Geography

see 79.5% less coastline


Ecuador has a total of 2,237 km of coastline. In Guyana, that number is 459 km.

Guyana: At a glance

Guyana is a sovereign country in South America, with a total land area of approximately 196,849 sq km. Originally a Dutch colony in the 17th century, by 1815 Guyana had become a British possession. The abolition of slavery led to settlement of urban areas by former slaves and the importation of indentured servants from India to work the sugar plantations. The resulting ethnocultural divide has persisted and has led to turbulent politics. Guyana achieved independence from the UK in 1966, and since then it has been ruled mostly by socialist-oriented governments. In 1992, Cheddi JAGAN was elected president in what is considered the country's first free and fair election since independence. After his death five years later, his wife, Janet JAGAN, became president but resigned in 1999 due to poor health. Her successor, Bharrat JAGDEO, was reelected in 2001 and again in 2006. Donald RAMOTAR was elected president in 2011.

How big is Guyana 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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