Quality of Life Comparison


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


live 2.2 years longer

In Kenya, the average life expectancy is 64 years (63 years for men, 66 years for women). In Kiribati, that number is 66 years (64 years for men, 69 years for women).

be 6.5 times more likely to be obese

In Kenya, 7.1% of adults are obese. In Kiribati, that number is 46.0% of people.


be 23.5% less likely to be unemployed

In Kenya, 40.0% of adults are unemployed. In Kiribati, that number is 30.6%.

make 42.9% less money

Kenya has a GDP per capita of $3,500, while in Kiribati, the GDP per capita is $2,000.


be 82.4% less likely to die during childbirth

In Kenya, approximately 510.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Kiribati, 90.0 women do.

be 13.5% less likely to die during infancy

In Kenya, approximately 37.1 children die before they reach the age of one. In Kiribati, on the other hand, 32.1 children do.

have 11.3% fewer children

In Kenya, there are approximately 23.9 babies per 1,000 people. In Kiribati, there are 21.2 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 3.0 times more likely to have access to electricity

In Kenya, 20% of people have electricity access (60% in urban areas, and 7% in rural areas). In Kiribati, that number is 59% of people on average (77% in urban areas, and 45% in rural areas).

be 47.3% less likely to have internet access

In Kenya, approximately 26.0% of the population has internet access. In Kiribati, about 13.7% do.


spend 78.9% more on healthcare

Kenya spends 5.7% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Kiribati, that number is 10.2% of GDP.


see 2.1 times more coastline

Kenya has a total of 536 km of coastline. In Kiribati, that number is 1,143 km.

Kiribati: At a glance

Kiribati is a sovereign country in Australia-Oceania, with a total land area of approximately 811 sq km. The Gilbert Islands became a British protectorate in 1892 and a colony in 1915; they were captured by the Japanese in the Pacific War in 1941. The islands of Makin and Tarawa were the sites of major US amphibious victories over entrenched Japanese garrisons in 1943. The Gilbert Islands were granted self-rule by the UK in 1971 and complete independence in 1979 under the new name of Kiribati. The US relinquished all claims to the sparsely inhabited Phoenix and Line Island groups in a 1979 treaty of friendship with Kiribati.

How big is Kiribati 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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