Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Botswana instead of Finland, you would:

Health

be 14.9% less likely to be obese


In Finland, 22.2% of adults are obese. In Botswana, that number is 18.9% of people.

live 17.7 years less


In Finland, the average life expectancy is 81 years (78 years for men, 84 years for women). In Botswana, that number is 63 years (61 years for men, 66 years for women).

Economy

spend 51.6% less on taxes


Finland has a top tax rate of 51.6%. In Botswana, the top tax rate is 25.0%.

make 59.8% less money


Finland has a GDP per capita of $44,300, while in Botswana, the GDP per capita is $17,800.

be 2.3 times more likely to be unemployed


In Finland, 8.6% of adults are unemployed. In Botswana, that number is 20.0%.

Life

have 2.1 times more children


In Finland, there are approximately 10.7 babies per 1,000 people. In Botswana, there are 22.1 babies per 1,000 people.

be 43.0 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Finland, approximately 3.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Botswana, 129.0 women do.

be 11.8 times more likely to die during infancy


In Finland, approximately 2.5 children die before they reach the age of one. In Botswana, on the other hand, 29.6 children do.

Basic Needs

be 34.0% less likely to have access to electricity


In Finland, 100% of the population has electricity access. In Botswana, 66% of the population do.

be 55.1% less likely to have internet access


In Finland, approximately 87.7% of the population has internet access. In Botswana, about 39.4% do.

Expenditures

spend 44.3% less on healthcare


Finland spends 9.7% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Botswana, that number is 5.4% of GDP.

spend 33.3% more on education


Finland spends 7.2% of its total GDP on education. Botswana spends 9.6% of total GDP on education.

Botswana: At a glance

Botswana is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 566,730 sq km. Formerly the British protectorate of Bechuanaland, Botswana adopted its new name upon independence in 1966. More than four decades of uninterrupted civilian leadership, progressive social policies, and significant capital investment have created one of the most stable economies in Africa. Mineral extraction, principally diamond mining, dominates economic activity, though tourism is a growing sector due to the country's conservation practices and extensive nature preserves. Botswana has one of the world's highest known rates of HIV/AIDS infection, but also one of Africa's most progressive and comprehensive programs for dealing with the disease.

How big is Botswana compared to Finland? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: Finnish Tax Administration, The World Factbook, Botswana Unified Revenue Service.

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