Quality of Life Comparison


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


live 5.9 years less

In France, the average life expectancy is 82 years (79 years for men, 85 years for women). In Venezuela, that number is 76 years (73 years for men, 79 years for women).

be 18.5% more likely to be obese

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


spend 32.3% less on taxes

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

make 72.4% less money

France has a GDP per capita of $43,800, while in Venezuela, the GDP per capita is $12,100.

be 2.8 times more likely to be unemployed

In France, 9.5% of adults are unemployed. In Venezuela, that number is 26.4%.

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

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


have 54.1% more children

In France, there are approximately 12.2 babies per 1,000 people. In Venezuela, there are 18.8 babies per 1,000 people.

be 11.9 times more likely to die during childbirth

In France, approximately 8.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Venezuela, 95.0 women do.

be 3.8 times more likely to die during infancy

In France, approximately 3.2 children die before they reach the age of one. In Venezuela, on the other hand, 12.2 children do.

Basic Needs

be 29.9% less likely to have internet access

In France, approximately 85.6% of the population has internet access. In Venezuela, about 60.0% do.


spend 53.9% less on healthcare

France spends 11.5% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Venezuela, that number is 5.3% of GDP.

spend 25.5% more on education

France spends 5.5% of its total GDP on education. Venezuela spends 6.9% of total GDP on education.


see 18.3% less coastline

France has a total of 3,427 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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