Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 80.9% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Kenya, 4.7% of people are living with AIDS/HIV as of 2018. In Panama, that number is 0.9% 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 Panama, that number is 79 years (76 years for men, 82 years for women) as of 2020.

be 3.2 times more likely to be obese


In Kenya, 7.1% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Panama, that number is 22.7% of people as of 2016.

Economy

make 7.3 times more money


Kenya has a GDP per capita of $3,500 as of 2017, while in Panama, the GDP per capita is $25,400 as of 2017.

be 85.0% less likely to be unemployed


In Kenya, 40.0% of adults are unemployed as of 2013. In Panama, that number is 6.0% as of 2017.

be 36.3% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Kenya, 36.1% live below the poverty line as of 2016. In Panama, however, that number is 23.0% as of 2015.

pay a 16.7% lower top tax rate


Kenya has a top tax rate of 30.0% as of 2016. In Panama, the top tax rate is 25.0% as of 2016.

Life

be 84.8% less likely to die during childbirth


In Kenya, approximately 342.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Panama, 52.0 women do as of 2017.

be 17.1% more likely to be literate


In Kenya, the literacy rate is 81.5% as of 2018. In Panama, it is 95.4% as of 2018.

be 69.5% less likely to die during infancy


In Kenya, approximately 29.8 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Panama, on the other hand, 9.1 children do as of 2020.

have 37.1% fewer children


In Kenya, there are approximately 27.2 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Panama, there are 17.1 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 66.8% more likely to have access to electricity


In Kenya, approximately 56% of people have electricity access (78% in urban areas, and 39% in rural areas) as of 2017. In Panama, that number is 93% of people on average (99% in urban areas, and 81% in rural areas) 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 Panama, about 57.9% do as of 2018.

be 44.6% 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 Panama, that number is 98% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 95% in rural areas) as of 2017.

Expenditures

spend 38.5% less on education


Kenya spends 5.2% of its total GDP on education as of 2017. Panama spends 3.2% of total GDP on education as of 2011.

Geography

see 4.6 times more coastline


Kenya has a total of 536 km of coastline. In Panama, that number is 2,490 km.

Panama: At a glance

Panama is a sovereign country in Central America/Caribbean, with a total land area of approximately 74,340 sq km. Explored and settled by the Spanish in the 16th century, Panama broke with Spain in 1821 and joined a union of Colombia, Ecuador, and Venezuela - named the Republic of Gran Colombia. When the latter dissolved in 1830, Panama remained part of Colombia. With US backing, Panama seceded from Colombia in 1903 and promptly signed a treaty with the US allowing for the construction of a canal and US sovereignty over a strip of land on either side of the structure (the Panama Canal Zone). The Panama Canal was built by the US Army Corps of Engineers between 1904 and 1914. In 1977, an agreement was signed for the complete transfer of the Canal from the US to Panama by the end of the century. Certain portions of the Zone and increasing responsibility over the Canal were turned over in the subsequent decades. With US help, dictator Manuel NORIEGA was deposed in 1989. The entire Panama Canal, the area supporting the Canal, and remaining US military bases were transferred to Panama by the end of 1999. In October 2006, Panamanians approved an ambitious plan (estimated to cost $5.3 billion) to expand the Canal. The project, which began in 2007 and could double the Canal's capacity, is expected to be completed in 2015.

How big is Panama 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, General Directorate of Revenues, Panama.

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