Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 1.0 years less


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

be 28.6% more likely to be obese


In Ecuador, 19.9% of adults are obese. In Venezuela, that number is 25.6% of people.

Economy

be 5.7 times more likely to be unemployed


In Ecuador, 4.6% of adults are unemployed. In Venezuela, that number is 26.4%.

Life

be 25.6% less likely to die during infancy


In Ecuador, approximately 16.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Venezuela, on the other hand, 12.2 children do.

be 48.4% more likely to die during childbirth


In Ecuador, approximately 64.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Venezuela, 95.0 women do.

Basic Needs

be 10.9% more likely to have internet access


In Ecuador, approximately 54.1% of the population has internet access. In Venezuela, about 60.0% do.

Expenditures

spend 42.4% less on healthcare


Ecuador spends 9.2% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Venezuela, that number is 5.3% of GDP.

spend 38.0% more on education


Ecuador spends 5.0% of its total GDP on education. Venezuela spends 6.9% of total GDP on education.

Geography

see 25.2% more coastline


Ecuador has a total of 2,237 km of coastline. In Venezuela, that number is 2,800 km.

Venezuela: At a glance

Venezuela is a sovereign country in South America, with a total land area of approximately 882,050 sq km. Venezuela was one of three countries that emerged from the collapse of Gran Colombia in 1830 (the others being Ecuador and New Granada, which became Colombia). For most of the first half of the 20th century, Venezuela was ruled by generally benevolent military strongmen, who promoted the oil industry and allowed for some social reforms. Democratically elected governments have held sway since 1959. Hugo CHAVEZ, president from 1999 to 2013, sought to implement his "21st Century Socialism," which purported to alleviate social ills while at the same time attacking capitalist globalization and existing democratic institutions. His hand-picked successor, President Nicolas MADURO, continues CHAVEZ's socialist programs. Current concerns include: a weakening of democratic institutions, political polarization, a politicized military, rampant violent crime, overdependence on the petroleum industry with its price fluctuations, foreign exchange controls that discourage private-sector investment, high inflation, a decline in the quality of fundamental houman rights, and widespread scarcity of consumer goods.

How big is Venezuela 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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