Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Costa Rica instead of India, you would:

Health

live 9.9 years longer


In India, the average life expectancy is 69 years (68 years for men, 70 years for women). In Costa Rica, that number is 79 years (76 years for men, 82 years for women).

be 6.6 times more likely to be obese


In India, 3.9% of adults are obese. In Costa Rica, that number is 25.7% of people.

Economy

make 2.3 times more money


India has a GDP per capita of $7,200, while in Costa Rica, the GDP per capita is $16,900.

spend 57.8% less on taxes


India has a top tax rate of 35.5%. In Costa Rica, the top tax rate is 15.0%.

Life

be 85.6% less likely to die during childbirth


In India, approximately 174.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Costa Rica, 25.0 women do.

be 37.4% more likely to be literate


In India, the literacy rate is 71.2%. In Costa Rica, it is 97.8%.

be 79.5% less likely to die during infancy


In India, approximately 39.1 children die before they reach the age of one. In Costa Rica, on the other hand, 8.0 children do.

have 18.4% fewer children


In India, there are approximately 19.0 babies per 1,000 people. In Costa Rica, there are 15.5 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 25.9% more likely to have access to electricity


In India, 79% of people have electricity access (98% in urban areas, and 70% in rural areas). In Costa Rica, that number is 100% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 98% in rural areas).

be 2.2 times more likely to have internet access


In India, approximately 29.5% of the population has internet access. In Costa Rica, about 66.0% do.

Expenditures

spend 86.8% more on education


India spends 3.8% of its total GDP on education. Costa Rica spends 7.1% of total GDP on education.

spend 97.9% more on healthcare


India spends 4.7% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Costa Rica, that number is 9.3% of GDP.

Geography

see 81.6% less coastline


India has a total of 7,000 km of coastline. In Costa Rica, that number is 1,290 km.

Costa Rica: At a glance

Costa Rica is a sovereign country in Central America/Caribbean, with a total land area of approximately 51,060 sq km. Although explored by the Spanish early in the 16th century, initial attempts at colonizing Costa Rica proved unsuccessful due to a combination of factors, including disease from mosquito-infested swamps, brutal heat, resistance by natives, and pirate raids. It was not until 1563 that a permanent settlement of Cartago was established in the cooler, fertile central highlands. The area remained a colony for some two and a half centuries. In 1821, Costa Rica became one of several Central American provinces that jointly declared their independence from Spain. Two years later it joined the United Provinces of Central America, but this federation disintegrated in 1838, at which time Costa Rica proclaimed its sovereignty and independence. Since the late 19th century, only two brief periods of violence have marred the country's democratic development. In 1949, Costa Rica dissolved its armed forces. Although it still maintains a large agricultural sector, Costa Rica has expanded its economy to include strong technology and tourism industries. The standard of living is relatively high. Land ownership is widespread.

How big is Costa Rica compared to India? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Directorate General of Taxation of Costa Rica, Ministry of Finance, Government of India.

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