Quality of Life Comparison


If you lived in Peru instead of Iraq, you would:


be 35.2% less likely to be obese

In Iraq, 30.4% of adults are obese. In Peru, that number is 19.7% of people.

live 0.9 years less

In Iraq, the average life expectancy is 75 years (73 years for men, 77 years for women). In Peru, that number is 74 years (72 years for men, 76 years for women).


be 58.1% less likely to be unemployed

In Iraq, 16.0% of adults are unemployed. In Peru, that number is 6.7%.

make 21.8% less money

Iraq has a GDP per capita of $17,000, while in Peru, the GDP per capita is $13,300.

spend 100.0% more on taxes

Iraq has a top tax rate of 15.0%. In Peru, the top tax rate is 30.0%.


be 18.2% more likely to be literate

In Iraq, the literacy rate is 79.7%. In Peru, it is 94.2%.

be 50.9% less likely to die during infancy

In Iraq, approximately 37.5 children die before they reach the age of one. In Peru, on the other hand, 18.4 children do.

be 36.0% more likely to die during childbirth

In Iraq, approximately 50.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Peru, 68.0 women do.

have 41.4% less children

In Iraq, there are approximately 30.4 babies per 1,000 people. In Peru, there are 17.8 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 2.1 times more likely to have internet access

In Iraq, approximately 21.2% of the population has internet access. In Peru, about 45.5% do.


see 41.6 times more coastline

Iraq has a total of 58 km of coastline. In Peru, that number is 2,414 km.

Peru: At a glance

Peru is a sovereign country in South America, with a total land area of approximately 1,279,996 sq km. Ancient Peru was the seat of several prominent Andean civilizations, most notably that of the Incas whose empire was captured by Spanish conquistadors in 1533. Peruvian independence was declared in 1821, and remaining Spanish forces were defeated in 1824. After a dozen years of military rule, Peru returned to democratic leadership in 1980, but experienced economic problems and the growth of a violent insurgency. President Alberto FUJIMORI's election in 1990 ushered in a decade that saw a dramatic turnaround in the economy and significant progress in curtailing guerrilla activity. Nevertheless, the president's increasing reliance on authoritarian measures and an economic slump in the late 1990s generated mounting dissatisfaction with his regime, which led to his resignation in 2000. A caretaker government oversaw new elections in the spring of 2001, which installed Alejandro TOLEDO Manrique as the new head of government - Peru's first democratically elected president of indigenous ethnicity. The presidential election of 2006 saw the return of Alan GARCIA Perez who, after a disappointing presidential term from 1985 to 1990, oversaw a robust economic rebound. In June 2011, former army officer Ollanta HUMALA Tasso was elected president, defeating Keiko FUJIMORI Higuchi, the daughter of Alberto FUJIMORI. Since his election, HUMALA has carried on the sound, market-oriented economic policies of the three preceding administrations.

How big is Peru compared to Iraq? See an in-depth size comparison.

The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Ministry of Finance, Superintendencia Nacional de Aduanas y de Administración Tributaria.


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