Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 4.3 years less


In France, the average life expectancy is 82 years (79 years for men, 85 years for women) as of 2020. In Uruguay, that number is 78 years (75 years for men, 81 years for women) as of 2020.

be 29.2% more likely to be obese


In France, 21.6% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Uruguay, that number is 27.9% of people as of 2016.

Economy

be 19.1% less likely to be unemployed


In France, 9.4% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Uruguay, that number is 7.6% as of 2017.

be 31.7% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In France, 14.2% live below the poverty line as of 2015. In Uruguay, however, that number is 9.7% as of 2015.

pay a 40.2% lower top tax rate


France has a top tax rate of 50.2% as of 2016. In Uruguay, the top tax rate is 30.0% as of 2016.

make 49.2% less money


France has a GDP per capita of $44,100 as of 2017, while in Uruguay, the GDP per capita is $22,400 as of 2017.

Life

be 2.1 times more likely to die during childbirth


In France, approximately 8.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Uruguay, 17.0 women do as of 2017.

be 2.4 times more likely to die during infancy


In France, approximately 3.2 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Uruguay, on the other hand, 7.8 children do as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 16.8% less likely to have internet access


In France, approximately 82.0% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Uruguay, about 68.3% do as of 2018.

Geography

see 86.4% less coastline


France has a total of 4,853 km of coastline. In Uruguay, that number is 660 km.

Uruguay: At a glance

Uruguay is a sovereign country in South America, with a total land area of approximately 175,015 sq km. Montevideo, founded by the Spanish in 1726 as a military stronghold, soon took advantage of its natural harbor to become an important commercial center. Claimed by Argentina but annexed by Brazil in 1821, Uruguay declared its independence four years later and secured its freedom in 1828 after a three-year struggle. The administrations of President Jose BATLLE in the early 20th century launched widespread political, social, and economic reforms that established a statist tradition. A violent Marxist urban guerrilla movement named the Tupamaros, launched in the late 1960s, led Uruguay's president to cede control of the government to the military in 1973. By yearend, the rebels had been crushed, but the military continued to expand its hold over the government. Civilian rule was not restored until 1985. In 2004, the left-of-center Frente Amplio Coalition won national elections that effectively ended 170 years of political control previously held by the Colorado and Blanco parties. Uruguay's political and labor conditions are among the freest on the continent.

How big is Uruguay compared to France? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Direction Générale des Finances Publiques, Dirección General Impositiva.

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