Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 2.1 years longer


In Libya, the average life expectancy is 77 years (75 years for men, 78 years for women). In Cyprus, that number is 79 years (76 years for men, 82 years for women).

be 32.9% less likely to be obese


In Libya, 32.5% of adults are obese. In Cyprus, that number is 21.8% of people.

Economy

make 3.7 times more money


Libya has a GDP per capita of $10,000, while in Cyprus, the GDP per capita is $37,000.

be 60.7% less likely to be unemployed


In Libya, 30.0% of adults are unemployed. In Cyprus, that number is 11.8%.

spend 3.5 times more on taxes


Libya has a top tax rate of 10.0%. In Cyprus, the top tax rate is 35.0%.

Life

be 22.2% less likely to die during childbirth


In Libya, approximately 9.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Cyprus, 7.0 women do.

be 26.9% less likely to die during infancy


In Libya, approximately 10.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Cyprus, on the other hand, 7.9 children do.

have 35.4% less children


In Libya, there are approximately 17.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Cyprus, there are 11.3 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 3.7 times more likely to have internet access


In Libya, approximately 20.3% of the population has internet access. In Cyprus, about 75.9% do.

be 83.8% 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 Cyprus, that number is 100% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 48.0% more on healthcare


Libya spends 5.0% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Cyprus, that number is 7.4% of GDP.

Geography

see 63.4% less coastline


Libya has a total of 1,770 km of coastline. In Cyprus, that number is 648 km.

Cyprus: At a glance

Cyprus is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 9,241 sq km. A former British colony, Cyprus became independent in 1960 following years of resistance to British rule. Tensions between the Greek Cypriot majority and Turkish Cypriot minority came to a head in December 1963, when violence broke out in the capital of Nicosia. Despite the deployment of UN peacekeepers in 1964, sporadic intercommunal violence continued forcing most Turkish Cypriots into enclaves throughout the island. In 1974, a Greek Government-sponsored attempt to overthrow the elected president of Cyprus was met by military intervention from Turkey, which soon controlled more than a third of the island. In 1983, the Turkish Cypriot-occupied area declared itself the "Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus" ("TRNC"), but it is recognized only by Turkey. In February 2014, after a hiatus of nearly two years, the leaders of the two communities resumed formal discussions under UN auspices aimed at reuniting the divided island. The talks are ongoing. The entire island entered the EU on 1 May 2004, although the EU acquis - the body of common rights and obligations - applies only to the areas under the internationally recognized government, and is suspended in the areas administered by Turkish Cypriots. However, individual Turkish Cypriots able to document their eligibility for Republic of Cyprus citizenship legally enjoy the same rights accorded to other citizens of European Union states.

How big is Cyprus compared to Libya? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: Inland Revenue Department of the Republic of Cyprus, The World Factbook, Ministry of Finance.

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