Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 2.4 times more likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Kenya, 4.8% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Zambia, that number is 11.5% of people.

live 11.6 years less


In Kenya, the average life expectancy is 64 years (63 years for men, 66 years for women). In Zambia, that number is 53 years (51 years for men, 54 years for women).

be 14.1% more likely to be obese


In Kenya, 7.1% of adults are obese. In Zambia, that number is 8.1% of people.

Economy

make 14.3% more money


Kenya has a GDP per capita of $3,500, while in Zambia, the GDP per capita is $4,000.

be 62.5% less likely to be unemployed


In Kenya, 40.0% of adults are unemployed. In Zambia, that number is 15.0%.

be 50.7% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In Kenya, 36.1% live below the poverty line. In Zambia, however, that number is 54.4%.

spend 16.7% more on taxes


Kenya has a top tax rate of 30.0%. In Zambia, the top tax rate is 35.0%.

Life

be 56.1% less likely to die during childbirth


In Kenya, approximately 510.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Zambia, 224.0 women do.

be 18.7% less likely to be literate


In Kenya, the literacy rate is 78.0%. In Zambia, it is 63.4%.

have 73.6% more children


In Kenya, there are approximately 23.9 babies per 1,000 people. In Zambia, there are 41.5 babies per 1,000 people.

be 64.7% more likely to die during infancy


In Kenya, approximately 37.1 children die before they reach the age of one. In Zambia, on the other hand, 61.1 children do.

Basic Needs

be 30.0% 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 Zambia, that number is 26% of people on average (45% in urban areas, and 14% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 79.2% less on education


Kenya spends 5.3% of its total GDP on education. Zambia spends 1.1% of total GDP on education.

spend 12.3% less on healthcare


Kenya spends 5.7% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Zambia, that number is 5.0% of GDP.

Learn more about Zambia

Zambia is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 743,398 sq km. The territory of Northern Rhodesia was administered by the [British] South Africa Company from 1891 until it was taken over by the UK in 1923. During the 1920s and 1930s, advances in mining spurred development and immigration. The name was changed to Zambia upon independence in 1964. In the 1980s and 1990s, declining copper prices, economic mismanagement and a prolonged drought hurt the economy. Elections in 1991 brought an end to one-party rule, but the subsequent vote in 1996 saw blatant harassment of opposition parties. The election in 2001 was marked by administrative problems with three parties filing a legal petition challenging the election of ruling party candidate Levy MWANAWASA. MWANAWASA was reelected in 2006 in an election that was deemed free and fair. Upon his abrupt death in August 2008, he was succeeded by his vice president, Rupiah BANDA, who subsequently won a special presidential by-election in October 2008. Michael SATA was elected president in September 2011.

How big is Zambia 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, Zambia Revenue Authority.