Quality of Life Comparison


If you lived in Ecuador instead of Gabon, you would:


be 92.9% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS

In Gabon, 4.2% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Ecuador, that number is 0.3% of people.

live 24.9 years longer

In Gabon, the average life expectancy is 52 years (52 years for men, 52 years for women). In Ecuador, that number is 77 years (74 years for men, 80 years for women).

be 32.7% more likely to be obese

In Gabon, 15.0% of adults are obese. In Ecuador, that number is 19.9% of people.


be 83.6% less likely to be unemployed

In Gabon, 28.0% of adults are unemployed. In Ecuador, that number is 4.6%.

make 40.1% less money

Gabon has a GDP per capita of $19,200, while in Ecuador, the GDP per capita is $11,500.


be 78.0% less likely to die during childbirth

In Gabon, approximately 291.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Ecuador, 64.0 women do.

be 13.5% more likely to be literate

In Gabon, the literacy rate is 83.2%. In Ecuador, it is 94.4%.

be 62.8% less likely to die during infancy

In Gabon, approximately 44.1 children die before they reach the age of one. In Ecuador, on the other hand, 16.4 children do.

have 47.7% fewer children

In Gabon, there are approximately 34.2 babies per 1,000 people. In Ecuador, there are 17.9 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 12.5% more likely to have internet access

In Gabon, approximately 48.1% of the population has internet access. In Ecuador, about 54.1% do.


spend 85.2% more on education

Gabon spends 2.7% of its total GDP on education. Ecuador spends 5.0% of total GDP on education.

spend 2.7 times more on healthcare

Gabon spends 3.4% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Ecuador, that number is 9.2% of GDP.


see 2.5 times more coastline

Gabon has a total of 885 km of coastline. In Ecuador, that number is 2,237 km.

Ecuador: At a glance

Ecuador is a sovereign country in South America, with a total land area of approximately 276,841 sq km. What is now Ecuador formed part of the northern Inca Empire until the Spanish conquest in 1533. Quito became a seat of Spanish colonial government in 1563 and part of the Viceroyalty of New Granada in 1717. The territories of the Viceroyalty - New Granada (Colombia), Venezuela, and Quito - gained their independence between 1819 and 1822 and formed a federation known as Gran Colombia. When Quito withdrew in 1830, the traditional name was changed in favor of the "Republic of the Equator." Between 1904 and 1942, Ecuador lost territories in a series of conflicts with its neighbors. A border war with Peru that flared in 1995 was resolved in 1999. Although Ecuador marked 30 years of civilian governance in 2004, the period was marred by political instability. Protests in Quito contributed to the mid-term ouster of three of Ecuador's last four democratically elected presidents. In late 2008, voters approved a new constitution, Ecuador's 20th since gaining independence. General elections were held in February 2013, and voters re-elected President Rafael CORREA.

How big is Ecuador compared to Gabon? 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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