Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Uruguay instead of Lesotho, you would:

Health

be 97.5% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Lesotho, 23.6% of people are living with AIDS/HIV as of 2018. In Uruguay, that number is 0.6% of people as of 2018.

live 24.9 years longer


In Lesotho, the average life expectancy is 53 years (53 years for men, 53 years for women) as of 2020. In Uruguay, that number is 78 years (75 years for men, 81 years for women) as of 2020.

be 68.1% more likely to be obese


In Lesotho, 16.6% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Uruguay, that number is 27.9% of people as of 2016.

Economy

make 6.8 times more money


Lesotho has a GDP per capita of $3,300 as of 2017, while in Uruguay, the GDP per capita is $22,400 as of 2017.

be 73.0% less likely to be unemployed


In Lesotho, 28.1% of adults are unemployed as of 2014. In Uruguay, that number is 7.6% as of 2017.

be 83.0% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Lesotho, 57.0% live below the poverty line as of 2016. In Uruguay, however, that number is 9.7% as of 2015.

Life

be 96.9% less likely to die during childbirth


In Lesotho, approximately 544.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Uruguay, 17.0 women do as of 2017.

be 24.3% more likely to be literate


In Lesotho, the literacy rate is 79.4% as of 2015. In Uruguay, it is 98.7% as of 2018.

be 81.2% less likely to die during infancy


In Lesotho, approximately 41.5 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Uruguay, on the other hand, 7.8 children do as of 2020.

have 44.4% fewer children


In Lesotho, there are approximately 23.2 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Uruguay, there are 12.9 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 3.4 times more likely to have access to electricity


In Lesotho, approximately 30% of the population has electricity access as of 2017. In Uruguay, 100% of the population do as of 2016.

be 2.4 times more likely to have internet access


In Lesotho, approximately 29.0% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Uruguay, about 68.3% do as of 2018.

be 27.5% more likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Lesotho, approximately 78% of people have improved drinking water access (93% in urban areas, and 72% in rural areas) as of 2017. In Uruguay, that number is 100% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 94% in rural areas) as of 2017.

Expenditures

spend 23.4% less on education


Lesotho spends 6.4% of its total GDP on education as of 2018. Uruguay spends 4.9% of total GDP on education as of 2017.

Uruguay: At a glance

Uruguay is a sovereign country in South America, with a total land area of approximately 175,015 sq km. Montevideo, founded by the Spanish in 1726 as a military stronghold, soon took advantage of its natural harbor to become an important commercial center. Claimed by Argentina but annexed by Brazil in 1821, Uruguay declared its independence four years later and secured its freedom in 1828 after a three-year struggle. The administrations of President Jose BATLLE in the early 20th century launched widespread political, social, and economic reforms that established a statist tradition. A violent Marxist urban guerrilla movement named the Tupamaros, launched in the late 1960s, led Uruguay's president to cede control of the government to the military in 1973. By yearend, the rebels had been crushed, but the military continued to expand its hold over the government. Civilian rule was not restored until 1985. In 2004, the left-of-center Frente Amplio Coalition won national elections that effectively ended 170 years of political control previously held by the Colorado and Blanco parties. Uruguay's political and labor conditions are among the freest on the continent.

How big is Uruguay 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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