Quality of Life Comparison


If you lived in Panama instead of Liberia, you would:


be 28.6% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS

In Liberia, 1.4% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Panama, that number is 1.0% of people.

live 15.5 years longer

In Liberia, the average life expectancy is 63 years (61 years for men, 66 years for women). In Panama, that number is 79 years (76 years for men, 82 years for women).

be 2.3 times more likely to be obese

In Liberia, 9.9% of adults are obese. In Panama, that number is 22.7% of people.


make 18.1 times more money

Liberia has a GDP per capita of $1,400, while in Panama, the GDP per capita is $25,400.

be 57.5% less likely to be live below the poverty line

In Liberia, 54.1% live below the poverty line. In Panama, however, that number is 23.0%.

be 96.4% more likely to be unemployed

In Liberia, 2.8% of adults are unemployed. In Panama, that number is 5.5%.


be 87.0% less likely to die during childbirth

In Liberia, approximately 725.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Panama, 94.0 women do.

be 99.6% more likely to be literate

In Liberia, the literacy rate is 47.6%. In Panama, it is 95.0%.

be 81.0% less likely to die during infancy

In Liberia, approximately 52.2 children die before they reach the age of one. In Panama, on the other hand, 9.9 children do.

have 53.3% less children

In Liberia, there are approximately 38.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Panama, there are 17.9 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 9.1 times more likely to have access to electricity

In Liberia, 10% of people have electricity access (17% in urban areas, and 3% in rural areas). In Panama, that number is 91% of people on average (94% in urban areas, and 80% in rural areas).

be 7.4 times more likely to have internet access

In Liberia, approximately 7.3% of the population has internet access. In Panama, about 54.0% do.

be 25.3% more likely to have access to improved drinking water

In Liberia, approximately 76% of people have improved drinking water access (89% in urban areas, and 63% in rural areas). In Panama, that number is 95% of people on average (98% in urban areas, and 87% in rural areas).


spend 20.0% less on healthcare

Liberia spends 10.0% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Panama, that number is 8.0% of GDP.

spend 14.3% more on education

Liberia spends 2.8% of its total GDP on education. Panama spends 3.2% of total GDP on education.


see 4.3 times more coastline

Liberia has a total of 579 km of coastline. In Panama, that number is 2,490 km.

Panama: At a glance

Panama is a sovereign country in Central America/Caribbean, with a total land area of approximately 74,340 sq km. Explored and settled by the Spanish in the 16th century, Panama broke with Spain in 1821 and joined a union of Colombia, Ecuador, and Venezuela - named the Republic of Gran Colombia. When the latter dissolved in 1830, Panama remained part of Colombia. With US backing, Panama seceded from Colombia in 1903 and promptly signed a treaty with the US allowing for the construction of a canal and US sovereignty over a strip of land on either side of the structure (the Panama Canal Zone). The Panama Canal was built by the US Army Corps of Engineers between 1904 and 1914. In 1977, an agreement was signed for the complete transfer of the Canal from the US to Panama by the end of the century. Certain portions of the Zone and increasing responsibility over the Canal were turned over in the subsequent decades. With US help, dictator Manuel NORIEGA was deposed in 1989. The entire Panama Canal, the area supporting the Canal, and remaining US military bases were transferred to Panama by the end of 1999. In October 2006, Panamanians approved an ambitious plan (estimated to cost $5.3 billion) to expand the Canal. The project, which began in 2007 and could double the Canal's capacity, is expected to be completed in 2015.

How big is Panama compared to Liberia? 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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