Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 18.8% less likely to be obese


In Libya, 32.5% of adults are obese. In Suriname, that number is 26.4% of people.

live 4.2 years less


In Libya, the average life expectancy is 77 years (75 years for men, 78 years for women). In Suriname, that number is 72 years (70 years for men, 75 years for women).

Economy

make 46.0% more money


Libya has a GDP per capita of $10,000, while in Suriname, the GDP per capita is $14,600.

be 69.7% less likely to be unemployed


In Libya, 30.0% of adults are unemployed. In Suriname, that number is 9.1%.

spend 3.8 times more on taxes


Libya has a top tax rate of 10.0%. In Suriname, the top tax rate is 38.0%.

Life

be 17.2 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Libya, approximately 9.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Suriname, 155.0 women do.

be 2.3 times more likely to die during infancy


In Libya, approximately 10.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Suriname, on the other hand, 24.5 children do.

Basic Needs

be 2.2 times more likely to have internet access


In Libya, approximately 20.3% of the population has internet access. In Suriname, about 45.4% do.

be 74.3% 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 Suriname, that number is 95% of people on average (98% in urban areas, and 88% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 14.0% more on healthcare


Libya spends 5.0% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Suriname, that number is 5.7% of GDP.

Geography

see 78.2% less coastline


Libya has a total of 1,770 km of coastline. In Suriname, that number is 386 km.

Suriname: At a glance

Suriname is a sovereign country in South America, with a total land area of approximately 156,000 sq km. First explored by the Spaniards in the 16th century and then settled by the English in the mid-17th century, Suriname became a Dutch colony in 1667. With the abolition of African slavery in 1863, workers were brought in from India and Java. Independence from the Netherlands was granted in 1975. Five years later the civilian government was replaced by a military regime that soon declared a socialist republic. It continued to exert control through a succession of nominally civilian administrations until 1987, when international pressure finally forced a democratic election. In 1990, the military overthrew the civilian leadership, but a democratically elected government - a four-party coalition - returned to power in 1991. The coalition expanded to eight parties in 2005 and ruled until August 2010, when voters returned former military leader Desire BOUTERSE and his opposition coalition to power.

How big is Suriname 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.

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