Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Bulgaria instead of Libya, you would:

Health

be 23.1% less likely to be obese


In Libya, 32.5% of adults are obese. In Bulgaria, that number is 25.0% of people.

live 2.0 years less


In Libya, the average life expectancy is 77 years (75 years for men, 78 years for women). In Bulgaria, that number is 75 years (71 years for men, 78 years for women).

Economy

make 2.2 times more money


Libya has a GDP per capita of $10,000, while in Bulgaria, the GDP per capita is $21,700.

be 79.3% less likely to be unemployed


In Libya, 30.0% of adults are unemployed. In Bulgaria, that number is 6.2%.

Life

be 22.2% less likely to die during infancy


In Libya, approximately 10.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Bulgaria, on the other hand, 8.4 children do.

be 22.2% more likely to die during childbirth


In Libya, approximately 9.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Bulgaria, 11.0 women do.

have 50.3% less children


In Libya, there are approximately 17.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Bulgaria, there are 8.7 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 2.9 times more likely to have internet access


In Libya, approximately 20.3% of the population has internet access. In Bulgaria, about 59.8% do.

be 82.7% more likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Libya, approximately 54% of people have improved drinking water access (54% in urban areas, and 55% in rural areas). In Bulgaria, that number is 99% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 99% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 68.0% more on healthcare


Libya spends 5.0% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Bulgaria, that number is 8.4% of GDP.

Geography

see 80.0% less coastline


Libya has a total of 1,770 km of coastline. In Bulgaria, that number is 354 km.

Bulgaria: At a glance

Bulgaria is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 108,489 sq km. The Bulgars, a Central Asian Turkic tribe, merged with the local Slavic inhabitants in the late 7th century to form the first Bulgarian state. In succeeding centuries, Bulgaria struggled with the Byzantine Empire to assert its place in the Balkans, but by the end of the 14th century the country was overrun by the Ottoman Turks. Northern Bulgaria attained autonomy in 1878 and all of Bulgaria became independent from the Ottoman Empire in 1908. Having fought on the losing side in both World Wars, Bulgaria fell within the Soviet sphere of influence and became a People's Republic in 1946. Communist domination ended in 1990, when Bulgaria held its first multiparty election since World War II and began the contentious process of moving toward political democracy and a market economy while combating inflation, unemployment, corruption, and crime. The country joined NATO in 2004 and the EU in 2007.

How big is Bulgaria compared to Libya? 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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