Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Cuba instead of Kenya, you would:

Health

be 91.5% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Kenya, 4.7% of people are living with AIDS/HIV as of 2018. In Cuba, that number is 0.4% of people as of 2018.

live 10.2 years longer


In Kenya, the average life expectancy is 69 years (67 years for men, 71 years for women) as of 2020. In Cuba, that number is 79 years (77 years for men, 82 years for women) as of 2020.

be 3.5 times more likely to be obese


In Kenya, 7.1% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Cuba, that number is 24.6% of people as of 2016.

Economy

make 3.5 times more money


Kenya has a GDP per capita of $3,500 as of 2017, while in Cuba, the GDP per capita is $12,300 as of 2016.

be 93.5% less likely to be unemployed


In Kenya, 40.0% of adults are unemployed as of 2013. In Cuba, that number is 2.6% as of 2017.

Life

be 89.5% less likely to die during childbirth


In Kenya, approximately 342.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Cuba, 36.0 women do as of 2017.

be 22.5% more likely to be literate


In Kenya, the literacy rate is 81.5% as of 2018. In Cuba, it is 99.8% as of 2015.

be 85.6% less likely to die during infancy


In Kenya, approximately 29.8 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Cuba, on the other hand, 4.3 children do as of 2020.

have 61.8% fewer children


In Kenya, there are approximately 27.2 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Cuba, there are 10.4 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 78.6% more likely to have access to electricity


In Kenya, approximately 56% of the population has electricity access as of 2017. In Cuba, 100% of the population do as of 2016.

be 3.2 times more likely to have internet access


In Kenya, approximately 17.8% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Cuba, about 57.1% do as of 2018.

be 43.2% more likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Kenya, approximately 68% of people have improved drinking water access (89% in urban areas, and 60% in rural areas) as of 2017. In Cuba, that number is 97% of people on average (98% in urban areas, and 94% in rural areas) as of 2017.

Expenditures

spend 2.5 times more on education


Kenya spends 5.2% of its total GDP on education as of 2017. Cuba spends 12.8% of total GDP on education as of 2010.

Geography

see 7.0 times more coastline


Kenya has a total of 536 km of coastline. In Cuba, that number is 3,735 km.

Cuba: At a glance

Cuba is a sovereign country in Central America/Caribbean, with a total land area of approximately 109,820 sq km. The native Amerindian population of Cuba began to decline after the European discovery of the island by Christopher COLUMBUS in 1492 and following its development as a Spanish colony during the next several centuries. Large numbers of African slaves were imported to work the coffee and sugar plantations, and Havana became the launching point for the annual treasure fleets bound for Spain from Mexico and Peru. Spanish rule eventually provoked an independence movement and occasional rebellions that were harshly suppressed. US intervention during the Spanish-American War in 1898 assisted the Cubans in overthrowing Spanish rule. Subsequently, the 1901 Platt Amendment to the Cuban constitution authorized the US to intevene in Cuba in the event of instability. The Treaty of Paris established Cuban independence from the US in 1902 after which the island experienced a string of governments mostly dominated by the military and corrupt politicians. Fidel CASTRO led a rebel army to victory in 1959; his iron rule held the subsequent regime together for nearly five decades. He stepped down as president in February 2008 in favor of his younger brother Raul CASTRO. Cuba's communist revolution, with Soviet support, was exported throughout Latin America and Africa during the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s. The country faced a severe economic downturn in 1990 following the withdrawal of former Soviet subsidies worth $4-6 billion annually. Cuba at times portrays the US embargo, in place since 1961, as the source if its difficulties. Illicit migration to the US - using homemade rafts, alien smugglers, air flights, or via the US's southwest border - is a continuing problem. The US Coast Guard interdicted 1,357 Cuban nationals attempting to cross the Straits of Florida in 2013. Also in 2013, 14,251 Cuban migrants presented themselves at various land border ports of entry through out the US.

How big is Cuba compared to Kenya? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook.

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