Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 2.5 times more likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Kenya, 4.7% of people are living with AIDS/HIV as of 2018. In Namibia, that number is 11.8% of people as of 2018.

live 3.7 years less


In Kenya, the average life expectancy is 69 years (67 years for men, 71 years for women) as of 2020. In Namibia, that number is 65 years (63 years for men, 67 years for women) as of 2020.

be 2.4 times more likely to be obese


In Kenya, 7.1% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Namibia, that number is 17.2% of people as of 2016.

Economy

make 3.2 times more money


Kenya has a GDP per capita of $3,500 as of 2017, while in Namibia, the GDP per capita is $11,200 as of 2017.

be 15.0% less likely to be unemployed


In Kenya, 40.0% of adults are unemployed as of 2013. In Namibia, that number is 34.0% as of 2016.

be 20.5% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Kenya, 36.1% live below the poverty line as of 2016. In Namibia, however, that number is 28.7% as of 2010.

pay a 23.3% higher top tax rate


Kenya has a top tax rate of 30.0% as of 2016. In Namibia, the top tax rate is 37.0% as of 2016.

Life

be 43.0% less likely to die during childbirth


In Kenya, approximately 342.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Namibia, 195.0 women do as of 2017.

be 12.3% more likely to be literate


In Kenya, the literacy rate is 81.5% as of 2018. In Namibia, it is 91.5% as of 2018.

Basic Needs

be 2.9 times more likely to have internet access


In Kenya, approximately 17.8% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Namibia, about 51.0% do as of 2018.

be 31.9% 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 Namibia, that number is 90% of people on average (99% in urban areas, and 81% in rural areas) as of 2017.

Expenditures

spend 40.4% less on education


Kenya spends 5.2% of its total GDP on education as of 2017. Namibia spends 3.1% of total GDP on education as of 2014.

Geography

see 2.9 times more coastline


Kenya has a total of 536 km of coastline. In Namibia, that number is 1,572 km.

Namibia: At a glance

Namibia is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 823,290 sq km. South Africa occupied the German colony of South-West Africa during World War I and administered it as a mandate until after World War II, when it annexed the territory. In 1966 the Marxist South-West Africa People's Organization (SWAPO) guerrilla group launched a war of independence for the area that became Namibia, but it was not until 1988 that South Africa agreed to end its administration in accordance with a UN peace plan for the entire region. Namibia has been governed by SWAPO since the country won independence in 1990. Hifikepunye POHAMBA was elected president in November 2004 in a landslide victory replacing Sam NUJOMA who led the country during its first 14 years of self rule. POHAMBA was reelected in November 2009.

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


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: Revenue Authority, The World Factbook, Inland Revenue Department.

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