Quality of Life Comparison


If you lived in Sao Tome and Principe instead of Equatorial Guinea, you would:


be 90.1% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS

In Equatorial Guinea, 7.1% of people are living with AIDS/HIV as of 2018. In Sao Tome and Principe, that number is 0.7% of people as of 2018.

be 55.0% more likely to be obese

In Equatorial Guinea, 8.0% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Sao Tome and Principe, that number is 12.4% of people as of 2016.


make 91.4% less money

Equatorial Guinea has a GDP per capita of $37,400 as of 2017, while in Sao Tome and Principe, the GDP per capita is $3,200 as of 2017.

be 41.9% more likely to be unemployed

In Equatorial Guinea, 8.6% of adults are unemployed as of 2014. In Sao Tome and Principe, that number is 12.2% as of 2017.

be 50.5% more likely to be live below the poverty line

In Equatorial Guinea, 44.0% live below the poverty line as of 2011. In Sao Tome and Principe, however, that number is 66.2% as of 2009.


be 56.8% less likely to die during childbirth

In Equatorial Guinea, approximately 301.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Sao Tome and Principe, 130.0 women do as of 2017.

be 30.2% 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 Sao Tome and Principe, on the other hand, 41.7 children do as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 14.1% more likely to have internet access

In Equatorial Guinea, approximately 26.2% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Sao Tome and Principe, about 29.9% do as of 2018.

be 43.2% 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 Sao Tome and Principe, that number is 97% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 88% in rural areas) as of 2017.


see 29.4% less coastline

Equatorial Guinea has a total of 296 km of coastline. In Sao Tome and Principe, that number is 209 km.

Sao Tome and Principe: At a glance

Sao Tome and Principe is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 964 sq km. Discovered and claimed by Portugal in the late 15th century, the islands' sugar-based economy gave way to coffee and cocoa in the 19th century - all grown with African plantation slave labor, a form of which lingered into the 20th century. While independence was achieved in 1975, democratic reforms were not instituted until the late 1980s. The country held its first free elections in 1991, but frequent internal wrangling between the various political parties precipitated repeated changes in leadership and two failed coup attempts in 1995 and 2003. In 2012, three opposition parties combined in a no confidence vote to bring down the majority government of former Prime Minister Patrice TROVOADA. The new government of Prime Minister Gabriel Arcanjo Ferreira DA COSTA is entirely composed of opposition party members with limited experience in governance. New oil discoveries in the Gulf of Guinea may attract increased attention to the small island nation.

How big is Sao Tome and Principe 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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