Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 11.2 years less


In France, the average life expectancy is 82 years (79 years for men, 85 years for women) as of 2020. In Venezuela, that number is 71 years (68 years for men, 75 years for women) as of 2020.

be 18.5% more likely to be obese


In France, 21.6% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Venezuela, that number is 25.6% of people as of 2016.

Economy

pay a 32.3% lower top tax rate


France has a top tax rate of 50.2% as of 2016. In Venezuela, the top tax rate is 34.0% as of 2016.

make 71.7% less money


France has a GDP per capita of $44,100 as of 2017, while in Venezuela, the GDP per capita is $12,500 as of 2017.

be 2.9 times more likely to be unemployed


In France, 9.4% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Venezuela, that number is 27.1% as of 2017.

be 38.7% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In France, 14.2% live below the poverty line as of 2015. In Venezuela, however, that number is 19.7% as of 2015.

Life

have 50.4% more children


In France, there are approximately 11.9 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Venezuela, there are 17.9 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

be 15.6 times more likely to die during childbirth


In France, approximately 8.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Venezuela, 125.0 women do as of 2017.

be 8.7 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 Venezuela, on the other hand, 27.9 children do as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 12.2% less likely to have internet access


In France, approximately 82.0% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Venezuela, about 72.0% do as of 2018.

Expenditures

spend 27.8% more on education


France spends 5.4% of its total GDP on education as of 2016. Venezuela spends 6.9% of total GDP on education as of 2009.

Geography

see 42.3% less coastline


France has a total of 4,853 km of coastline. In Venezuela, that number is 2,800 km.

Venezuela: At a glance

Venezuela is a sovereign country in South America, with a total land area of approximately 882,050 sq km. Venezuela was one of three countries that emerged from the collapse of Gran Colombia in 1830 (the others being Ecuador and New Granada, which became Colombia). For most of the first half of the 20th century, Venezuela was ruled by generally benevolent military strongmen, who promoted the oil industry and allowed for some social reforms. Democratically elected governments have held sway since 1959. Hugo CHAVEZ, president from 1999 to 2013, sought to implement his "21st Century Socialism," which purported to alleviate social ills while at the same time attacking capitalist globalization and existing democratic institutions. His hand-picked successor, President Nicolas MADURO, continues CHAVEZ's socialist programs. Current concerns include: a weakening of democratic institutions, political polarization, a politicized military, rampant violent crime, overdependence on the petroleum industry with its price fluctuations, foreign exchange controls that discourage private-sector investment, high inflation, a decline in the quality of fundamental houman rights, and widespread scarcity of consumer goods.

How big is Venezuela 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, Ministerio del Poder Popular de Finanzas, SENIAT.

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