Quality of Life Comparison


If you lived in Burkina Faso instead of French Polynesia, you would:


live 15.2 years less

In French Polynesia, the average life expectancy is 78 years (76 years for men, 80 years for women) as of 2020. In Burkina Faso, that number is 63 years (61 years for men, 64 years for women) as of 2020.


make 88.8% less money

French Polynesia has a GDP per capita of $17,000 as of 2015, while in Burkina Faso, the GDP per capita is $1,900 as of 2017.

be 3.5 times more likely to be unemployed

In French Polynesia, 21.8% of adults are unemployed as of 2012. In Burkina Faso, that number is 77.0% as of 2004.

be 2.0 times more likely to live below the poverty line

In French Polynesia, 19.7% live below the poverty line as of 2009. In Burkina Faso, however, that number is 40.1% as of 2009.


have 2.5 times more children

In French Polynesia, there are approximately 14.0 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Burkina Faso, there are 35.1 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

be 11.6 times more likely to die during infancy

In French Polynesia, approximately 4.5 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Burkina Faso, on the other hand, 52.0 children do as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 80.8% less likely to have access to electricity

In French Polynesia, approximately 100% of the population has electricity access as of 2016. In Burkina Faso, 19% of the population do as of 2016.

be 78.0% less likely to have internet access

In French Polynesia, approximately 72.7% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Burkina Faso, about 16.0% do as of 2018.

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

In French Polynesia, approximately 100% of people have improved drinking water access as of 2017. In Burkina Faso, 76% of people do as of 2017.

Burkina Faso: At a glance

Burkina Faso is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 273,800 sq km. Burkina Faso (formerly Upper Volta) achieved independence from France in 1960. Repeated military coups during the 1970s and 1980s were followed by multiparty elections in the early 1990s. Current President Blaise COMPAORE came to power in a 1987 military coup and has won every election since then. There have been increasing protests over the belief that the president may try to run for a currently unconstitutional third term in the 2015 presidential elections. Burkina Faso's high population growth and limited natural resources result in poor economic prospects for the majority of its citizens.

How big is Burkina Faso compared to French Polynesia? See an in-depth size comparison.

The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook.


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