Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 5.8 times more likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Kenya, 4.7% of people are living with AIDS/HIV as of 2018. In Swaziland, that number is 27.3% of people as of 2018.

live 10.4 years less


In Kenya, the average life expectancy is 69 years (67 years for men, 71 years for women) as of 2020. In Swaziland, that number is 59 years (56 years for men, 61 years for women) as of 2020.

be 2.3 times more likely to be obese


In Kenya, 7.1% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Swaziland, that number is 16.5% of people as of 2016.

Economy

make 2.9 times more money


Kenya has a GDP per capita of $3,500 as of 2017, while in Swaziland, the GDP per capita is $10,100 as of 2017.

be 30.0% less likely to be unemployed


In Kenya, 40.0% of adults are unemployed as of 2013. In Swaziland, that number is 28.0% as of 2014.

be 74.5% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In Kenya, 36.1% live below the poverty line as of 2016. In Swaziland, however, that number is 63.0% as of 2010.

pay a 10.0% higher top tax rate


Kenya has a top tax rate of 30.0% as of 2016. In Swaziland, the top tax rate is 33.0% as of 2016.

Life

be 27.8% more likely to die during childbirth


In Kenya, approximately 342.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Swaziland, 437.0 women do as of 2017.

be 43.6% more likely to die during infancy


In Kenya, approximately 29.8 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Swaziland, on the other hand, 42.8 children do as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 17.5% 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 Swaziland, that number is 66% of people on average (83% in urban areas, and 61% in rural areas) as of 2017.

be 2.6 times more likely to have internet access


In Kenya, approximately 17.8% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Swaziland, about 47.0% do as of 2018.

be 15.1% 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 Swaziland, that number is 78% of people on average (97% in urban areas, and 72% in rural areas) as of 2017.

Expenditures

spend 36.5% more on education


Kenya spends 5.2% of its total GDP on education as of 2017. Swaziland spends 7.1% of total GDP on education as of 2014.

Swaziland: At a glance

Swaziland is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 17,204 sq km. Autonomy for the Swazis of southern Africa was guaranteed by the British in the late 19th century; independence was granted in 1968. Student and labor unrest during the 1990s pressured King MSWATI III, Africa's last absolute monarch, to grudgingly allow political reform and greater democracy, although he has backslid on these promises in recent years. A constitution came into effect in 2006, but the legal status of political parties remains unclear. The African United Democratic Party tried unsuccessfully to register as an official political party in mid 2006. Talks over the constitution broke down between the government and progressive groups in 2007. Swaziland recently surpassed Botswana as the country with the world's highest known HIV/AIDS prevalence rate.

How big is Swaziland 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, Swaziland Revenue Authority.

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