Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Costa Rica instead of Equatorial Guinea, you would:

Health

be 94.4% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Equatorial Guinea, 7.1% of people are living with AIDS/HIV as of 2018. In Costa Rica, that number is 0.4% of people as of 2018.

live 13.5 years longer


In Equatorial Guinea, the average life expectancy is 66 years (64 years for men, 67 years for women) as of 2020. In Costa Rica, that number is 79 years (76 years for men, 82 years for women) as of 2020.

be 3.2 times more likely to be obese


In Equatorial Guinea, 8.0% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Costa Rica, that number is 25.7% of people as of 2016.

Economy

be 50.7% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Equatorial Guinea, 44.0% live below the poverty line as of 2011. In Costa Rica, however, that number is 21.7% as of 2014.

pay a 57.1% lower top tax rate


Equatorial Guinea has a top tax rate of 35.0% as of 2016. In Costa Rica, the top tax rate is 15.0% as of 2016.

make 54.8% less money


Equatorial Guinea has a GDP per capita of $37,400 as of 2017, while in Costa Rica, the GDP per capita is $16,900 as of 2017.

Life

be 91.0% less likely to die during childbirth


In Equatorial Guinea, approximately 301.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Costa Rica, 27.0 women do as of 2017.

be 87.4% less likely to die during infancy


In Equatorial Guinea, approximately 59.7 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Costa Rica, on the other hand, 7.5 children do as of 2020.

have 51.8% fewer children


In Equatorial Guinea, there are approximately 30.7 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Costa Rica, there are 14.8 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 47.3% more likely to have access to electricity


In Equatorial Guinea, approximately 68% of the population has electricity access as of 2016. In Costa Rica, 100% of the population do as of 2016.

be 2.8 times more likely to have internet access


In Equatorial Guinea, approximately 26.2% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Costa Rica, about 74.1% do as of 2018.

be 47.9% 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 Costa Rica, that number is 100% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas) as of 2017.

Geography

see 4.4 times more coastline


Equatorial Guinea has a total of 296 km of coastline. In Costa Rica, that number is 1,290 km.

Costa Rica: At a glance

Costa Rica is a sovereign country in Central America/Caribbean, with a total land area of approximately 51,060 sq km. Although explored by the Spanish early in the 16th century, initial attempts at colonizing Costa Rica proved unsuccessful due to a combination of factors, including disease from mosquito-infested swamps, brutal heat, resistance by natives, and pirate raids. It was not until 1563 that a permanent settlement of Cartago was established in the cooler, fertile central highlands. The area remained a colony for some two and a half centuries. In 1821, Costa Rica became one of several Central American provinces that jointly declared their independence from Spain. Two years later it joined the United Provinces of Central America, but this federation disintegrated in 1838, at which time Costa Rica proclaimed its sovereignty and independence. Since the late 19th century, only two brief periods of violence have marred the country's democratic development. In 1949, Costa Rica dissolved its armed forces. Although it still maintains a large agricultural sector, Costa Rica has expanded its economy to include strong technology and tourism industries. The standard of living is relatively high. Land ownership is widespread.

How big is Costa Rica 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, Ministry of Finance, Directorate General of Taxation of Costa Rica.

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