Quality of Life Comparison


If you lived in Burkina Faso instead of Lesotho, you would:


be 96.6% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS

In Lesotho, 23.8% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Burkina Faso, that number is 0.8% of people.

live 2.9 years longer

In Lesotho, the average life expectancy is 53 years (53 years for men, 53 years for women). In Burkina Faso, that number is 56 years (54 years for men, 58 years for women).

be 66.3% less likely to be obese

In Lesotho, 16.6% of adults are obese. In Burkina Faso, that number is 5.6% of people.


be 29.6% less likely to be live below the poverty line

In Lesotho, 57.0% live below the poverty line. In Burkina Faso, however, that number is 40.1%.

make 47.2% less money

Lesotho has a GDP per capita of $3,600, while in Burkina Faso, the GDP per capita is $1,900.

be 2.7 times more likely to be unemployed

In Lesotho, 28.1% of adults are unemployed. In Burkina Faso, that number is 77.0%.


be 23.8% less likely to die during childbirth

In Lesotho, approximately 487.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Burkina Faso, 371.0 women do.

have 67.5% more children

In Lesotho, there are approximately 24.6 babies per 1,000 people. In Burkina Faso, there are 41.2 babies per 1,000 people.

be 54.7% less likely to be literate

In Lesotho, the literacy rate is 79.4%. In Burkina Faso, it is 36.0%.

be 56.6% more likely to die during infancy

In Lesotho, approximately 46.1 children die before they reach the age of one. In Burkina Faso, on the other hand, 72.2 children do.

Basic Needs

be 48.9% less likely to have internet access

In Lesotho, approximately 27.4% of the population has internet access. In Burkina Faso, about 14.0% do.


spend 63.2% less on education

Lesotho spends 11.4% of its total GDP on education. Burkina Faso spends 4.2% of total GDP on education.

spend 52.8% less on healthcare

Lesotho spends 10.6% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Burkina Faso, that number is 5.0% of GDP.

Burkina Faso: At a glance

Burkina Faso is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 273,800 sq km. Burkina Faso (formerly Upper Volta) achieved independence from France in 1960. Repeated military coups during the 1970s and 1980s were followed by multiparty elections in the early 1990s. Current President Blaise COMPAORE came to power in a 1987 military coup and has won every election since then. There have been increasing protests over the belief that the president may try to run for a currently unconstitutional third term in the 2015 presidential elections. Burkina Faso's high population growth and limited natural resources result in poor economic prospects for the majority of its citizens.

How big is Burkina Faso compared to Lesotho? 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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