Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 48.6% less likely to be obese


In Finland, 22.2% of adults are obese. In Cameroon, that number is 11.4% of people.

live 22.0 years less


In Finland, the average life expectancy is 81 years (78 years for men, 84 years for women). In Cameroon, that number is 59 years (58 years for men, 60 years for women).

Economy

be 50.0% less likely to be unemployed


In Finland, 8.6% of adults are unemployed. In Cameroon, that number is 4.3%.

spend 32.2% less on taxes


Finland has a top tax rate of 51.6%. In Cameroon, the top tax rate is 35.0%.

make 91.6% less money


Finland has a GDP per capita of $44,300, while in Cameroon, the GDP per capita is $3,700.

Life

have 3.3 times more children


In Finland, there are approximately 10.7 babies per 1,000 people. In Cameroon, there are 35.4 babies per 1,000 people.

be 198.7 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Finland, approximately 3.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Cameroon, 596.0 women do.

be 20.4 times more likely to die during infancy


In Finland, approximately 2.5 children die before they reach the age of one. In Cameroon, on the other hand, 51.0 children do.

Basic Needs

be 45.0% less likely to have access to electricity


In Finland, 100% of the population has electricity access. In Cameroon, 55% of the population do.

be 71.5% less likely to have internet access


In Finland, approximately 87.7% of the population has internet access. In Cameroon, about 25.0% do.

be 24.4% less likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Finland, approximately 100% of people have improved drinking water access (100% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas). In Cameroon, that number is 76% of people on average (95% in urban areas, and 53% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 61.1% less on education


Finland spends 7.2% of its total GDP on education. Cameroon spends 2.8% of total GDP on education.

spend 57.7% less on healthcare


Finland spends 9.7% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Cameroon, that number is 4.1% of GDP.

Geography

see 67.8% less coastline


Finland has a total of 1,250 km of coastline. In Cameroon, that number is 402 km.

Cameroon: At a glance

Cameroon is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 472,710 sq km. French Cameroon became independent in 1960 as the Republic of Cameroon. The following year the southern portion of neighboring British Cameroon voted to merge with the new country to form the Federal Republic of Cameroon. In 1972, a new constitution replaced the federation with a unitary state, the United Republic of Cameroon. The country has generally enjoyed stability, which has permitted the development of agriculture, roads, and railways, as well as a petroleum industry. Despite slow movement toward democratic reform, political power remains firmly in the hands of President Paul BIYA.

How big is Cameroon 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, Ministry of Finance.

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