Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Bangladesh instead of Ireland, you would:

Health

be 85.8% less likely to be obese


In Ireland, 25.3% of adults are obese. In Bangladesh, that number is 3.6% of people.

live 7.5 years less


In Ireland, the average life expectancy is 81 years (79 years for men, 83 years for women). In Bangladesh, that number is 73 years (71 years for men, 76 years for women).

Economy

be 37.5% less likely to be unemployed


In Ireland, 6.4% of adults are unemployed. In Bangladesh, that number is 4.0%.

spend 37.5% less on taxes


Ireland has a top tax rate of 48.0%. In Bangladesh, the top tax rate is 30.0%.

make 94.4% less money


Ireland has a GDP per capita of $75,500, while in Bangladesh, the GDP per capita is $4,200.

be 3.0 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In Ireland, 8.2% live below the poverty line. In Bangladesh, however, that number is 24.3%.

Life

have 33.3% more children


In Ireland, there are approximately 14.1 babies per 1,000 people. In Bangladesh, there are 18.8 babies per 1,000 people.

be 22.0 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Ireland, approximately 8.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Bangladesh, 176.0 women do.

be 8.8 times more likely to die during infancy


In Ireland, approximately 3.6 children die before they reach the age of one. In Bangladesh, on the other hand, 31.7 children do.

Basic Needs

be 40.0% less likely to have access to electricity


In Ireland, 100% of the population has electricity access. In Bangladesh, 60% of the population do.

be 77.9% less likely to have internet access


In Ireland, approximately 82.2% of the population has internet access. In Bangladesh, about 18.2% do.

be 11.2% less likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Ireland, approximately 98% of people have improved drinking water access (98% in urban areas, and 98% in rural areas). In Bangladesh, that number is 87% of people on average (86% in urban areas, and 87% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 49.0% less on education


Ireland spends 4.9% of its total GDP on education. Bangladesh spends 2.5% of total GDP on education.

spend 64.1% less on healthcare


Ireland spends 7.8% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Bangladesh, that number is 2.8% of GDP.

Geography

see 59.9% less coastline


Ireland has a total of 1,448 km of coastline. In Bangladesh, that number is 580 km.

Bangladesh: At a glance

Bangladesh is a sovereign country in South Asia, with a total land area of approximately 130,170 sq km. Muslim conversions and settlement in the region now referred to as Bangladesh began in the 10th century, primarily from Arab and Persian traders and preachers. Europeans began to set up trading posts in the area in the 16th century. Eventually the area known as Bengal, primarily Hindu in the western section and mostly Muslim in the eastern half, became part of British India. Partition in 1947 resulted in an eastern wing of Pakistan in the Muslim-majority area, which became East Pakistan. Calls for greater autonomy and animosity between the eastern and western wings of Pakistan led to a Bengali independence movement. That movement, led by the Awami League (AL) and supported by India, won independence for Bangladesh in a brief war in 1971, during which at least 300,000 civilians died. The post-independence, AL government faced daunting challenges and in 1975 was overthrown by the military, triggering a series of military coups that resulted in a military-backed government and subsequent creation of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP). That government also ended in a coup in 1981, followed by military-backed rule until democratic elections in 1991. The BNP and AL have alternately held power since then, with the exception of a military-backed, emergency caretaker regime that suspended parliamentary elections planned for January 2007 in an effort to reform the political system and root out corruption. That government returned the country to fully democratic rule in December 2008 with the election of the AL and Prime Minister Sheikh HASINA. In January 2014, the AL won the national election by an overwhelming majority after the BNP boycotted, extending HASINA's term as prime minister. With the help of international development assistance, Bangladesh has made great progress in food security since independence, and the economy has grown at an average of about 6 percent over the last two decades.

How big is Bangladesh compared to Ireland? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, The Office of the Revenue Commissioners, National Board of Revenue (NBR), Bangladesh.

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