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


be 77.1% less likely to be obese

In Ireland, 25.3% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Rwanda, that number is 5.8% of people as of 2016.

be 12.5 times more likely to be living with HIV/AIDS

In Ireland, 0.2% of people are living with AIDS/HIV as of 2020. In Rwanda, that number is 2.5% of people as of 2020.

live 15.8 years less

In Ireland, the average life expectancy is 82 years (79 years for men, 84 years for women) as of 2022. In Rwanda, that number is 66 years (64 years for men, 68 years for women) as of 2022.


be 45.8% less likely to be unemployed

In Ireland, 5.0% of adults are unemployed as of 2019. In Rwanda, that number is 2.7% as of 2014.

pay a 37.5% lower top tax rate

Ireland has a top tax rate of 48.0% as of 2016. In Rwanda, the top tax rate is 30.0% as of 2016.

make 97.7% less money

Ireland has a GDP per capita of $89,700 as of 2020, while in Rwanda, the GDP per capita is $2,100 as of 2020.

be 2.9 times more likely to live below the poverty line

In Ireland, 13.1% live below the poverty line as of 2018. In Rwanda, however, that number is 38.2% as of 2016.


have 2.1 times more children

In Ireland, there are approximately 12.3 babies per 1,000 people as of 2022. In Rwanda, there are 26.4 babies per 1,000 people as of 2022.

be 49.6 times more likely to die during childbirth

In Ireland, approximately 5.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Rwanda, 248.0 women do as of 2017.

be 7.6 times more likely to die during infancy

In Ireland, approximately 3.5 children (per 1,000 live births) die before they reach the age of one as of 2022. In Rwanda, on the other hand, 26.4 children do as of 2022.

Basic Needs

be 47.0% less likely to have access to electricity

In Ireland, approximately 100% of the population has electricity access as of 2020. In Rwanda, 53% of the population do as of 2019.

be 70.7% less likely to have internet access

In Ireland, approximately 92.0% of the population has internet access as of 2020. In Rwanda, about 27.0% do as of 2020.

be 15.1% less likely to have access to improved drinking water

In Ireland, approximately 97% of people have improved drinking water access (97% in urban areas, and 98% in rural areas) as of 2020. In Rwanda, that number is 83% of people on average (92% in urban areas, and 81% in rural areas) as of 2020.

The statistics above were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, The Office of the Revenue Commissioners, Rwanda Revenue Authority.

Rwanda: At a glance

Rwanda is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 24,668 sq km. In 1959, three years before independence from Belgium, the majority ethnic group, the Hutus, overthrew the ruling Tutsi king. Over the next several years, thousands of Tutsis were killed, and some 150,000 driven into exile in neighboring countries. The children of these exiles later formed a rebel group, the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF), and began a civil war in 1990. The war, along with several political and economic upheavals, exacerbated ethnic tensions, culminating in April 1994 in a state-orchestrated genocide, in which Rwandans killed up to a million of their fellow citizens, including approximately three-quarters of the Tutsi population. The genocide ended later that same year when the predominantly Tutsi RPF, operating out of Uganda and northern Rwanda, defeated the national army and Hutu militias, and established an RPF-led government of national unity. Approximately 2 million Hutu refugees - many fearing Tutsi retribution - fled to neighboring Burundi, Tanzania, Uganda, and former Zaire. Since then, most of the refugees have returned to Rwanda, but several thousand remained in the neighboring Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC, the former Zaire) and formed an extremist insurgency bent on retaking Rwanda, much as the RPF did in 1990. Rwanda held its first local elections in 1999 and its first post-genocide presidential and legislative elections in 2003. Rwanda in 2009 staged a joint military operation with the Congolese Army in DRC to rout out the Hutu extremist insurgency there, and Kigali and Kinshasa restored diplomatic relations. Rwanda also joined the Commonwealth in late 2009. In January 2013, Rwanda assumed a nonpermanent seat on the UN Security Council for the 2013-14 term.
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