Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Benin instead of Equatorial Guinea, you would:

Health

be 85.9% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Equatorial Guinea, 7.1% of people are living with AIDS/HIV as of 2018. In Benin, that number is 1.0% of people as of 2018.

live 4.3 years less


In Equatorial Guinea, the average life expectancy is 66 years (64 years for men, 67 years for women) as of 2020. In Benin, that number is 61 years (60 years for men, 63 years for women) as of 2020.

be 20.0% more likely to be obese


In Equatorial Guinea, 8.0% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Benin, that number is 9.6% of people as of 2016.

Economy

be 88.4% less likely to be unemployed


In Equatorial Guinea, 8.6% of adults are unemployed as of 2014. In Benin, that number is 1.0% as of 2014.

be 17.7% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Equatorial Guinea, 44.0% live below the poverty line as of 2011. In Benin, however, that number is 36.2% as of 2011.

make 93.9% less money


Equatorial Guinea has a GDP per capita of $37,400 as of 2017, while in Benin, the GDP per capita is $2,300 as of 2017.

Life

have 37.1% more children


In Equatorial Guinea, there are approximately 30.7 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Benin, there are 42.1 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

be 31.9% more likely to die during childbirth


In Equatorial Guinea, approximately 301.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Benin, 397.0 women do as of 2017.

be 55.5% less likely to be literate


In Equatorial Guinea, the literacy rate is 95.3% as of 2015. In Benin, it is 42.4% as of 2018.

Basic Needs

be 13.0% more likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Equatorial Guinea, approximately 68% of people have improved drinking water access (82% in urban areas, and 32% in rural areas) as of 2017. In Benin, that number is 76% of people on average (81% in urban areas, and 72% in rural areas) as of 2017.

be 39.0% less likely to have access to electricity


In Equatorial Guinea, approximately 68% of people have electricity access (91% in urban areas, and 53% in rural areas) as of 2016. In Benin, that number is 41% of people on average (71% in urban areas, and 18% in rural areas) as of 2017.

be 23.8% less likely to have internet access


In Equatorial Guinea, approximately 26.2% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Benin, about 20.0% do as of 2018.

Geography

see 59.1% less coastline


Equatorial Guinea has a total of 296 km of coastline. In Benin, that number is 121 km.

Benin: At a glance

Benin is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 110,622 sq km. Present day Benin was the site of Dahomey, a West African kingdom that rose to prominence in about 1600 and over the next two and half centuries became a regional power, largely based on its slave trade. Coastal areas of Dahomey began to be controlled by the French in the second half of the 19th century; the entire kingdom was conquered by 1894. French Dahomey achieved independence in 1960; it changed its name to the Republic of Benin in 1975. A succession of military governments ended in 1972 with the rise to power of Mathieu KEREKOU and the establishment of a government based on Marxist-Leninist principles. A move to representative government began in 1989. Two years later, free elections ushered in former Prime Minister Nicephore SOGLO as president, marking the first successful transfer of power in Africa from a dictatorship to a democracy. KEREKOU was returned to power by elections held in 1996 and 2001, though some irregularities were alleged. KEREKOU stepped down at the end of his second term in 2006 and was succeeded by Thomas YAYI Boni, a political outsider and independent. YAYI, who won a second five-year term in March 2011, has attempted to stem corruption and has strongly promoted accelerating Benin's economic growth.

How big is Benin compared to Equatorial Guinea? 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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