Quality of Life Comparison


If you lived in Guatemala instead of Estonia, you would:


live 4.3 years less

In Estonia, the average life expectancy is 77 years (72 years for men, 82 years for women). In Guatemala, that number is 73 years (71 years for men, 75 years for women).


be 61.0% less likely to be unemployed

In Estonia, 5.9% of adults are unemployed. In Guatemala, that number is 2.3%.

spend 65.0% less on taxes

Estonia has a top tax rate of 20.0%. In Guatemala, the top tax rate is 7.0%.

make 74.5% less money

Estonia has a GDP per capita of $31,800, while in Guatemala, the GDP per capita is $8,100.

be 2.8 times more likely to live below the poverty line

In Estonia, 21.1% live below the poverty line. In Guatemala, however, that number is 59.3%.


have 2.4 times more children

In Estonia, there are approximately 10.1 babies per 1,000 people. In Guatemala, there are 24.1 babies per 1,000 people.

be 9.8 times more likely to die during childbirth

In Estonia, approximately 9.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Guatemala, 88.0 women do.

be 18.3% less likely to be literate

In Estonia, the literacy rate is 99.8%. In Guatemala, it is 81.5%.

be 5.6 times more likely to die during infancy

In Estonia, approximately 3.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Guatemala, on the other hand, 21.3 children do.

Basic Needs

be 22.0% less likely to have access to electricity

In Estonia, 100% of the population has electricity access. In Guatemala, 78% of the population do.

be 60.4% less likely to have internet access

In Estonia, approximately 87.2% of the population has internet access. In Guatemala, about 34.5% do.


spend 49.1% less on education

Estonia spends 5.5% of its total GDP on education. Guatemala spends 2.8% of total GDP on education.


see 89.5% less coastline

Estonia has a total of 3,794 km of coastline. In Guatemala, that number is 400 km.

Guatemala: At a glance

Guatemala is a sovereign country in Central America/Caribbean, with a total land area of approximately 107,159 sq km. The Maya civilization flourished in Guatemala and surrounding regions during the first millennium A.D. After almost three centuries as a Spanish colony, Guatemala won its independence in 1821. During the second half of the 20th century, it experienced a variety of military and civilian governments, as well as a 36-year guerrilla war. In 1996, the government signed a peace agreement formally ending the internal conflict, which had left more than 200,000 people dead and had created, by some estimates, about 1 million refugees.

How big is Guatemala compared to Estonia? See an in-depth size comparison.

The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: Estonian Tax and Customs Board, The World Factbook, Superintendence of the Tax Administration.


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