Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 72.4% less likely to be obese


In Ecuador, 19.9% of adults are obese. In Niger, that number is 5.5% of people.

live 21.1 years less


In Ecuador, the average life expectancy is 77 years (74 years for men, 80 years for women). In Niger, that number is 56 years (55 years for men, 57 years for women).

Economy

be 43.5% less likely to be unemployed


In Ecuador, 4.6% of adults are unemployed. In Niger, that number is 2.6%.

make 89.6% less money


Ecuador has a GDP per capita of $11,500, while in Niger, the GDP per capita is $1,200.

Life

have 2.5 times more children


In Ecuador, there are approximately 17.9 babies per 1,000 people. In Niger, there are 44.2 babies per 1,000 people.

be 8.6 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Ecuador, approximately 64.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Niger, 553.0 women do.

be 79.8% less likely to be literate


In Ecuador, the literacy rate is 94.4%. In Niger, it is 19.1%.

be 4.9 times more likely to die during infancy


In Ecuador, approximately 16.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Niger, on the other hand, 81.1 children do.

Basic Needs

be 84.5% 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 Niger, that number is 15% of people on average (62% in urban areas, and 4% in rural areas).

be 92.1% less likely to have internet access


In Ecuador, approximately 54.1% of the population has internet access. In Niger, about 4.3% do.

be 33.0% less 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 Niger, that number is 58% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 49% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 37.0% less on healthcare


Ecuador spends 9.2% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Niger, that number is 5.8% of GDP.

spend 20.0% more on education


Ecuador spends 5.0% of its total GDP on education. Niger spends 6.0% of total GDP on education.

Niger: At a glance

Niger is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 1,266,700 sq km. Niger became independent from France in 1960 and experienced single-party and military rule until 1991, when Gen. Ali SAIBOU was forced by public pressure to allow multiparty elections, which resulted in a democratic government in 1993. Political infighting brought the government to a standstill and in 1996 led to a coup by Col. Ibrahim BARE. In 1999, BARE was killed in a counter coup by military officers who restored democratic rule and held elections that brought Mamadou TANDJA to power in December of that year. TANDJA was reelected in 2004 and in 2009 spearheaded a constitutional amendment that would allow him to extend his term as president. In February 2010, a military coup deposed TANDJA, immediately suspended the constitution, and dissolved the Cabinet. ISSOUFOU Mahamadou emerged victorious from a crowded field in the election following the coup and was inaugurated in April 2011. Niger is one of the poorest countries in the world with minimal government services and insufficient funds to develop its resource base. The largely agrarian and subsistence-based economy is frequently disrupted by extended droughts common to the Sahel region of Africa. The Nigerien Movement for Justice, a predominantly ethnic Tuareg rebel group, emerged in February 2007, and attacked several military targets in Niger's northern region throughout 2007 and 2008. Successful government offensives in 2009 ended the rebellion. Niger is facing increased security concerns on its borders from various external threats including insecurity in Libya, spillover from the conflict in Mali, and violent extremism in northeastern Nigeria.

How big is Niger 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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