Quality of Life Comparison


If you lived in Marshall Islands instead of Guyana, you would:


live 4.8 years longer

In Guyana, the average life expectancy is 69 years (66 years for men, 72 years for women). In Marshall Islands, that number is 73 years (71 years for men, 76 years for women).

be 2.6 times more likely to be obese

In Guyana, 20.2% of adults are obese. In Marshall Islands, that number is 52.9% of people.


make 58.5% less money

Guyana has a GDP per capita of $8,200, while in Marshall Islands, the GDP per capita is $3,400.

be 3.2 times more likely to be unemployed

In Guyana, 11.1% of adults are unemployed. In Marshall Islands, that number is 36.0%.


be 11.1% more likely to be literate

In Guyana, the literacy rate is 88.5%. In Marshall Islands, it is 98.3%.

be 36.5% less likely to die during infancy

In Guyana, approximately 30.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Marshall Islands, on the other hand, 19.3 children do.

have 58.4% more children

In Guyana, there are approximately 15.4 babies per 1,000 people. In Marshall Islands, there are 24.4 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 25.3% less likely to have access to electricity

In Guyana, 79% of people have electricity access (91% in urban areas, and 75% in rural areas). In Marshall Islands, that number is 59% of people on average (65% in urban areas, and 45% in rural areas).

be 16.5% less likely to have internet access

In Guyana, approximately 35.7% of the population has internet access. In Marshall Islands, about 29.8% do.


spend 3.3 times more on healthcare

Guyana spends 5.2% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Marshall Islands, that number is 17.1% of GDP.


see 19.3% less coastline

Guyana has a total of 459 km of coastline. In Marshall Islands, that number is 370 km.

Marshall Islands: At a glance

Marshall Islands (sometimes abbreviated RMI) is a sovereign country in Australia-Oceania, with a total land area of approximately 181 sq km. After almost four decades under US administration as the easternmost part of the UN Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, the Marshall Islands attained independence in 1986 under a Compact of Free Association. Compensation claims continue as a result of US nuclear testing on some of the atolls between 1947 and 1962. The Marshall Islands hosts the US Army Kwajalein Atoll (USAKA) Reagan Missile Test Site, a key installation in the US missile defense network.

How big is Marshall Islands compared to Guyana? 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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