Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 27.1% less likely to be obese


In Libya, 32.5% of adults are obese. In Nicaragua, that number is 23.7% of people.

live 3.2 years less


In Libya, the average life expectancy is 77 years (75 years for men, 78 years for women). In Nicaragua, that number is 74 years (71 years for men, 76 years for women).

Economy

be 78.3% less likely to be unemployed


In Libya, 30.0% of adults are unemployed. In Nicaragua, that number is 6.5%.

make 42.0% less money


Libya has a GDP per capita of $10,000, while in Nicaragua, the GDP per capita is $5,800.

spend 3.0 times more on taxes


Libya has a top tax rate of 10.0%. In Nicaragua, the top tax rate is 30.0%.

Life

be 16.7 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Libya, approximately 9.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Nicaragua, 150.0 women do.

be 69.4% more likely to die during infancy


In Libya, approximately 10.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Nicaragua, on the other hand, 18.3 children do.

Basic Needs

be 21.2% more likely to have internet access


In Libya, approximately 20.3% of the population has internet access. In Nicaragua, about 24.6% do.

be 59.9% 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 Nicaragua, that number is 87% of people on average (99% in urban areas, and 69% in rural areas).

be 21.8% less likely to have access to electricity


In Libya, 100% of people have electricity access (100% in urban areas, and 99% in rural areas). In Nicaragua, that number is 78% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 43% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 80.0% more on healthcare


Libya spends 5.0% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Nicaragua, that number is 9.0% of GDP.

Geography

see 48.6% less coastline


Libya has a total of 1,770 km of coastline. In Nicaragua, that number is 910 km.

Nicaragua: At a glance

Nicaragua is a sovereign country in Central America/Caribbean, with a total land area of approximately 119,990 sq km. The Pacific coast of Nicaragua was settled as a Spanish colony from Panama in the early 16th century. Independence from Spain was declared in 1821 and the country became an independent republic in 1838. Britain occupied the Caribbean Coast in the first half of the 19th century, but gradually ceded control of the region in subsequent decades. Violent opposition to governmental manipulation and corruption spread to all classes by 1978 and resulted in a short-lived civil war that brought the Marxist Sandinista guerrillas to power in 1979. Nicaraguan aid to leftist rebels in El Salvador caused the US to sponsor anti-Sandinista contra guerrillas through much of the 1980s. After losing free and fair elections in 1990, 1996, and 2001, former Sandinista President Daniel ORTEGA Saavedra was elected president in 2006 and reelected in 2011. The 2008 municipal elections, 2010 regional elections, 2011 presidential elections, 2012 municipal elections, and 2013 regional elections were marred by widespread irregularities. Nicaragua's infrastructure and economy - hard hit by the earlier civil war and by Hurricane Mitch in 1998 - are slowly being rebuilt, but democratic institutions have been weakened under the ORTEGA administration.

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


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: General Directorate of Revenues, The World Factbook, Ministry of Finance.

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