Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Tunisia instead of Egypt, you would:

Health

live 2.6 years longer


In Egypt, the average life expectancy is 74 years (72 years for men, 75 years for women) as of 2020. In Tunisia, that number is 76 years (75 years for men, 78 years for women) as of 2020.

be 15.9% less likely to be obese


In Egypt, 32.0% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Tunisia, that number is 26.9% of people as of 2016.

Economy

be 44.2% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Egypt, 27.8% live below the poverty line as of 2016. In Tunisia, however, that number is 15.5% as of 2010.

be 27.0% more likely to be unemployed


In Egypt, 12.2% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Tunisia, that number is 15.5% as of 2017.

pay a 55.6% higher top tax rate


Egypt has a top tax rate of 22.5% as of 2016. In Tunisia, the top tax rate is 35.0% as of 2016.

Life

be 14.9% more likely to be literate


In Egypt, the literacy rate is 71.2% as of 2017. In Tunisia, it is 81.8% as of 2015.

be 35.7% less likely to die during infancy


In Egypt, approximately 17.1 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Tunisia, on the other hand, 11.0 children do as of 2020.

be 16.2% more likely to die during childbirth


In Egypt, approximately 37.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Tunisia, 43.0 women do as of 2017.

have 41.5% fewer children


In Egypt, there are approximately 27.2 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Tunisia, there are 15.9 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 36.8% more likely to have internet access


In Egypt, approximately 46.9% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Tunisia, about 64.2% do as of 2018.

Geography

see 53.1% less coastline


Egypt has a total of 2,450 km of coastline. In Tunisia, that number is 1,148 km.

Tunisia: At a glance

Tunisia is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 155,360 sq km. Rivalry between French and Italian interests in Tunisia culminated in a French invasion in 1881 and the creation of a protectorate. Agitation for independence in the decades following World War I was finally successful in getting the French to recognize Tunisia as an independent state in 1956. The country's first president, Habib BOURGUIBA, established a strict one-party state. He dominated the country for 31 years, repressing Islamic fundamentalism and establishing rights for women unmatched by any other Arab nation. In November 1987, BOURGUIBA was removed from office and replaced by Zine el Abidine BEN ALI in a bloodless coup. Street protests that began in Tunis in December 2010 over high unemployment, corruption, widespread poverty, and high food prices escalated in January 2011, culminating in rioting that led to hundreds of deaths. On 14 January 2011, the same day BEN ALI dismissed the government, he fled the country, and by late January 2011, a "national unity government" was formed. Elections for the new Constituent Assembly were held in late October 2011, and in December, it elected human rights activist Moncef MARZOUKI as interim president. The Assembly began drafting a new constitution in February 2012 and, after several iterations and a months-long political crisis that stalled the transition, ratified the document in January 2014. Presidential and parliamentary elections for a permanent government could be held by the end of 2014.

How big is Tunisia compared to Egypt? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, La Direction Générale des Impôts, Ministère des Finances, Egyptian Tax Authority.

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