If you lived in Guyana instead of Italy, you would:


be 6.5 times more likely to be living with HIV/AIDS

In Italy, 0.2% of people are living with AIDS/HIV as of 2020. In Guyana, that number is 1.3% of people as of 2020.

live 10.7 years less

In Italy, the average life expectancy is 83 years (80 years for men, 85 years for women) as of 2022. In Guyana, that number is 72 years (70 years for men, 74 years for women) as of 2022.


make 19.6% less money

Italy has a GDP per capita of $44,300 as of 2022, while in Guyana, the GDP per capita is $35,600 as of 2022.

be 52.4% more likely to be unemployed

In Italy, 8.1% of adults are unemployed as of 2022. In Guyana, that number is 12.3% as of 2022.

be 74.1% more likely to live below the poverty line

In Italy, 20.1% live below the poverty line as of 2021. In Guyana, however, that number is 35.0% as of 2006.


have 2.4 times more children

In Italy, there are approximately 7.1 babies per 1,000 people as of 2024. In Guyana, there are 16.7 babies per 1,000 people as of 2024.

be 22.4 times more likely to die during childbirth

In Italy, approximately 5.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2020. In Guyana, 112.0 women do as of 2020.

be 10.5% less likely to be literate

In Italy, the literacy rate is 99.2% as of 2018. In Guyana, it is 88.8% as of 2021.

be 7.0 times more likely to die during infancy

In Italy, approximately 3.2 children (per 1,000 live births) die before they reach the age of one as of 2022. In Guyana, on the other hand, 22.1 children do as of 2022.

Basic Needs

be 13.3% more likely to have internet access

In Italy, approximately 75.0% of the population has internet access as of 2021. In Guyana, about 85.0% do as of 2021.


spend 42.7% less on healthcare

Italy spends 9.6% of its total GDP on healthcare as of 2020. In Guyana, that number is 5.5% of GDP as of 2020.


see 94.0% less coastline

Italy has a total of 7,600 km of coastline. In Guyana, that number is 459 km.

The statistics above were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook.

Guyana: At a glance

Guyana is a sovereign country in South America, with a total land area of approximately 196,849 sq km. Originally a Dutch colony in the 17th century, by 1815 Guyana had become a British possession. The abolition of slavery led to settlement of urban areas by former slaves and the importation of indentured servants from India to work the sugar plantations. The resulting ethnocultural divide has persisted and has led to turbulent politics. Guyana achieved independence from the UK in 1966, and since then it has been ruled mostly by socialist-oriented governments. In 1992, Cheddi JAGAN was elected president in what is considered the country's first free and fair election since independence. After his death five years later, his wife, Janet JAGAN, became president but resigned in 1999 due to poor health. Her successor, Bharrat JAGDEO, was reelected in 2001 and again in 2006. Donald RAMOTAR was elected president in 2011.
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