Quality of Life Comparison


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


live 7.4 years longer

In Kenya, the average life expectancy is 69 years (67 years for men, 71 years for women) as of 2020. In Maldives, that number is 76 years (74 years for men, 79 years for women) as of 2020.

be 21.1% more likely to be obese

In Kenya, 7.1% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Maldives, that number is 8.6% of people as of 2016.


make 5.5 times more money

Kenya has a GDP per capita of $3,500 as of 2017, while in Maldives, the GDP per capita is $19,200 as of 2017.

be 92.8% less likely to be unemployed

In Kenya, 40.0% of adults are unemployed as of 2013. In Maldives, that number is 2.9% as of 2017.

be 58.4% less likely to be live below the poverty line

In Kenya, 36.1% live below the poverty line as of 2016. In Maldives, however, that number is 15.0% as of 2009.


be 84.5% less likely to die during childbirth

In Kenya, approximately 342.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Maldives, 53.0 women do as of 2017.

be 19.9% more likely to be literate

In Kenya, the literacy rate is 81.5% as of 2018. In Maldives, it is 97.7% as of 2016.

be 33.6% less likely to die during infancy

In Kenya, approximately 29.8 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Maldives, on the other hand, 19.8 children do as of 2020.

have 41.2% fewer children

In Kenya, there are approximately 27.2 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Maldives, there are 16.0 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 Maldives, 100% of the population do as of 2016.

be 3.5 times more likely to have internet access

In Kenya, approximately 17.8% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Maldives, about 63.2% do as of 2018.

be 47.1% 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 Maldives, that number is 100% of people on average (98% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas) as of 2017.


spend 21.2% less on education

Kenya spends 5.2% of its total GDP on education as of 2017. Maldives spends 4.1% of total GDP on education as of 2016.


see 20.1% more coastline

Kenya has a total of 536 km of coastline. In Maldives, that number is 644 km.

Maldives: At a glance

Maldives is a sovereign country in South Asia, with a total land area of approximately 298 sq km. A sultanate since the 12th century, the Maldives became a British protectorate in 1887. It became a republic in 1968, three years after independence. President Maumoon Abdul GAYOOM dominated the islands' political scene for 30 years, elected to six successive terms by single-party referendums. Following political demonstrations in the capital Male in August 2003, the president and his government pledged to embark upon a process of liberalization and democratic reforms, including a more representative political system and expanded political freedoms. Progress was sluggish, however, and many promised reforms were slow to be realized. Nonetheless, political parties were legalized in 2005. In June 2008, a constituent assembly - termed the "Special Majlis" - finalized a new constitution, which was ratified by the president in August. The first-ever presidential elections under a multi-candidate, multi-party system were held in October 2008. GAYOOM was defeated in a runoff poll by Mohamed NASHEED, a political activist who had been jailed several years earlier by the former regime. President NASHEED faced a number of challenges including strengthening democracy and combating poverty and drug abuse. In early February 2012, after several weeks of street protests following his sacking of a top judge, NASHEED resigned the presidency and handed over power to Vice President Mohammed WAHEED Hassan Maniku. In mid-2012, a Commission of National Inquiry was set by the government to probe events leading up to NASHEED's resignation. Though the commission found no evidence of a coup, the report recommended the need to strengthen the country's democratic institutions to avert similar events in the future, and to further investigate alleged police misconduct during the crisis. Maldivian officials have played a prominent role in international climate change discussions (due to the islands' low elevation and the threat from sea-level rise) on the UN Human Rights Council and in other international forums, as well as in encouraging regional cooperation, especially between India and Pakistan.

How big is Maldives 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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