If you lived in Colombia instead of France, you would:


live 7.7 years less

In France, the average life expectancy is 83 years (80 years for men, 86 years for women) as of 2022. In Colombia, that number is 75 years (71 years for men, 79 years for women) as of 2022.


pay a 34.3% lower top tax rate

France has a top tax rate of 50.2% as of 2016. In Colombia, the top tax rate is 33.0% as of 2016.

make 68.1% less money

France has a GDP per capita of $42,000 as of 2020, while in Colombia, the GDP per capita is $13,400 as of 2020.

be 29.3% more likely to be unemployed

In France, 8.1% of adults are unemployed as of 2019. In Colombia, that number is 10.5% as of 2019.

be 2.6 times more likely to live below the poverty line

In France, 13.6% live below the poverty line as of 2018. In Colombia, however, that number is 35.7% as of 2019.


have 30.4% more children

In France, there are approximately 11.7 babies per 1,000 people as of 2022. In Colombia, there are 15.2 babies per 1,000 people as of 2022.

be 10.4 times more likely to die during childbirth

In France, approximately 8.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Colombia, 83.0 women do as of 2017.

be 3.7 times more likely to die during infancy

In France, approximately 3.1 children (per 1,000 live births) die before they reach the age of one as of 2022. In Colombia, on the other hand, 11.7 children do as of 2022.

Basic Needs

be 17.6% less likely to have internet access

In France, approximately 85.0% of the population has internet access as of 2020. In Colombia, about 70.0% do as of 2020.


spend 16.7% less on education

France spends 5.4% of its total GDP on education as of 2018. Colombia spends 4.5% of total GDP on education as of 2019.

spend 30.6% less on healthcare

France spends 11.1% of its total GDP on healthcare as of 2019. In Colombia, that number is 7.7% of GDP as of 2019.


see 33.9% less coastline

France has a total of 4,853 km of coastline. In Colombia, that number is 3,208 km.

The statistics above were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Direction Générale des Finances Publiques, Directorate of National Taxes and Customs (DIAN).

Colombia: At a glance

Colombia is a sovereign country in South America, with a total land area of approximately 1,038,700 sq km. Colombia was one of the three countries that emerged from the collapse of Gran Colombia in 1830 (the others are Ecuador and Venezuela). A nearly five-decade long conflict between government forces and anti-government insurgent groups, principally the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) heavily funded by the drug trade, escalated during the 1990s. More than 31,000 former paramilitaries had demobilized by the end of 2006 and the United Self Defense Forces of Colombia as a formal organization had ceased to function. In the wake of the paramilitary demobilization, emerging criminal groups arose, whose members include some former paramilitaries. The insurgents lack the military or popular support necessary to overthrow the government, but continue attacks against civilians. Large areas of the countryside are under guerrilla influence or are contested by security forces. In November 2012, the Colombian Government started formal peace negotiations with the FARC aimed at reaching a definitive bilateral ceasefire and incorporating demobilized FARC members into mainstream society and politics. The Colombian Government has stepped up efforts to reassert government control throughout the country, and now has a presence in every one of its administrative departments. Despite decades of internal conflict and drug related security challenges, Colombia maintains relatively strong democratic institutions characterized by peaceful, transparent elections and the protection of civil liberties.
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