Quality of Life Comparison


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


live 3.0 years less

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

be 2.4 times more likely to be obese

In Ecuador, 19.9% of adults are obese. In Samoa, that number is 47.3% of people.


spend 22.9% less on taxes

Ecuador has a top tax rate of 35.0%. In Samoa, the top tax rate is 27.0%.

make 50.4% less money

Ecuador has a GDP per capita of $11,500, while in Samoa, the GDP per capita is $5,700.


be 20.3% less likely to die during childbirth

In Ecuador, approximately 64.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Samoa, 51.0 women do.

have 14.0% more children

In Ecuador, there are approximately 17.9 babies per 1,000 people. In Samoa, there are 20.4 babies per 1,000 people.

be 13.4% more likely to die during infancy

In Ecuador, approximately 16.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Samoa, on the other hand, 18.6 children do.

Basic Needs

be 13.9% 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 Samoa, that number is 99% of people on average (98% in urban areas, and 99% in rural areas).

be 45.7% less likely to have internet access

In Ecuador, approximately 54.1% of the population has internet access. In Samoa, about 29.4% do.


spend 18.0% less on education

Ecuador spends 5.0% of its total GDP on education. Samoa spends 4.1% of total GDP on education.

spend 21.7% less on healthcare

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


see 82.0% less coastline

Ecuador has a total of 2,237 km of coastline. In Samoa, that number is 403 km.

Samoa: At a glance

Samoa is a sovereign country in Australia-Oceania, with a total land area of approximately 2,821 sq km. New Zealand occupied the German protectorate of Western Samoa at the outbreak of World War I in 1914. It continued to administer the islands as a mandate and then as a trust territory until 1962, when the islands became the first Polynesian nation to reestablish independence in the 20th century. The country dropped the "Western" from its name in 1997.

How big is Samoa 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, Ministry of Revenue, Samoa.


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