Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Guyana instead of Kiribati, you would:

Health

live 2.1 years longer


In Kiribati, the average life expectancy is 66 years (64 years for men, 69 years for women). In Guyana, that number is 69 years (66 years for men, 72 years for women).

be 56.1% less likely to be obese


In Kiribati, 46.0% of adults are obese. In Guyana, that number is 20.2% of people.

Economy

make 4.1 times more money


Kiribati has a GDP per capita of $2,000, while in Guyana, the GDP per capita is $8,200.

be 63.7% less likely to be unemployed


In Kiribati, 30.6% of adults are unemployed. In Guyana, that number is 11.1%.

Life

be 2.5 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Kiribati, approximately 90.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Guyana, 229.0 women do.

have 27.4% fewer children


In Kiribati, there are approximately 21.2 babies per 1,000 people. In Guyana, there are 15.4 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 33.9% more likely to have access to electricity


In Kiribati, 59% of people have electricity access (77% in urban areas, and 45% in rural areas). In Guyana, that number is 79% of people on average (91% in urban areas, and 75% in rural areas).

be 2.6 times more likely to have internet access


In Kiribati, approximately 13.7% of the population has internet access. In Guyana, about 35.7% do.

be 46.9% more likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Kiribati, approximately 67% of people have improved drinking water access (87% in urban areas, and 51% in rural areas). In Guyana, that number is 98% of people on average (98% in urban areas, and 98% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 49.0% less on healthcare


Kiribati spends 10.2% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Guyana, that number is 5.2% of GDP.

Geography

see 59.8% less coastline


Kiribati has a total of 1,143 km of coastline. In Guyana, that number is 459 km.

Guyana: At a glance

Guyana is a sovereign country in South America, with a total land area of approximately 196,849 sq km. Originally a Dutch colony in the 17th century, by 1815 Guyana had become a British possession. The abolition of slavery led to settlement of urban areas by former slaves and the importation of indentured servants from India to work the sugar plantations. The resulting ethnocultural divide has persisted and has led to turbulent politics. Guyana achieved independence from the UK in 1966, and since then it has been ruled mostly by socialist-oriented governments. In 1992, Cheddi JAGAN was elected president in what is considered the country's first free and fair election since independence. After his death five years later, his wife, Janet JAGAN, became president but resigned in 1999 due to poor health. Her successor, Bharrat JAGDEO, was reelected in 2001 and again in 2006. Donald RAMOTAR was elected president in 2011.

How big is Guyana compared to Kiribati? 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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