Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in South Africa instead of Libya, you would:

Health

be 12.9% less likely to be obese


In Libya, 32.5% of adults are obese. In South Africa, that number is 28.3% of people.

live 12.9 years less


In Libya, the average life expectancy is 77 years (75 years for men, 78 years for women). In South Africa, that number is 64 years (62 years for men, 65 years for women).

Economy

make 35.0% more money


Libya has a GDP per capita of $10,000, while in South Africa, the GDP per capita is $13,500.

spend 4.5 times more on taxes


Libya has a top tax rate of 10.0%. In South Africa, the top tax rate is 45.0%.

Life

have 15.4% more children


In Libya, there are approximately 17.5 babies per 1,000 people. In South Africa, there are 20.2 babies per 1,000 people.

be 15.3 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Libya, approximately 9.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In South Africa, 138.0 women do.

be 2.9 times more likely to die during infancy


In Libya, approximately 10.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In South Africa, on the other hand, 31.0 children do.

Basic Needs

be 2.7 times more likely to have internet access


In Libya, approximately 20.3% of the population has internet access. In South Africa, about 54.0% do.

be 71.3% 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 South Africa, that number is 93% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 81% in rural areas).

be 14.8% 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 South Africa, that number is 85% of people on average (90% in urban areas, and 77% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 76.0% more on healthcare


Libya spends 5.0% of its total GDP on healthcare. In South Africa, that number is 8.8% of GDP.

Geography

see 58.1% more coastline


Libya has a total of 1,770 km of coastline. In South Africa, that number is 2,798 km.

South Africa: At a glance

South Africa (sometimes abbreviated RSA) is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 1,214,470 sq km. Dutch traders landed at the southern tip of modern day South Africa in 1652 and established a stopover point on the spice route between the Netherlands and the Far East, founding the city of Cape Town. After the British seized the Cape of Good Hope area in 1806, many of the Dutch settlers (the Boers) trekked north to found their own republics. The discovery of diamonds (1867) and gold (1886) spurred wealth and immigration and intensified the subjugation of the native inhabitants. The Boers resisted British encroachments but were defeated in the Second Anglo Boer War (1899-1902); however, the British and the Afrikaners, as the Boers became known, ruled together beginning in 1910 under the Union of South Africa, which became a republic in 1961 after a whites-only referendum. In 1948, the National Party was voted into power and instituted a policy of apartheid - the separate development of the races - which favored the white minority at the expense of the black majority. The African National Congress (ANC) led the opposition to apartheid and many top ANC leaders, such as Nelson MANDELA, spent decades in South Africa's prisons. Internal protests and insurgency, as well as boycotts by some Western nations and institutions, led to the regime's eventual willingness to negotiate a peaceful transition to majority rule. The first multi-racial elections in 1994 brought an end to apartheid and ushered in majority rule under an ANC-led government. South Africa since then has struggled to address apartheid-era imbalances in decent housing, education, and health care. ANC infighting, which has grown in recent years, came to a head in September 2008 when President Thabo MBEKI resigned, and Kgalema MOTLANTHE, the party's General-Secretary, succeeded him as interim president. Jacob ZUMA became president after the ANC won general elections in April 2009. National presidential and parliamentary elections are scheduled for May 2014.

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


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Ministry of Finance, South African Revenue Service.

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