Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 49.2% less likely to be obese


In Libya, 32.5% of adults are obese. In Swaziland, that number is 16.5% of people.

live 24.6 years less


In Libya, the average life expectancy is 77 years (75 years for men, 78 years for women). In Swaziland, that number is 52 years (53 years for men, 52 years for women).

Economy

spend 3.3 times more on taxes


Libya has a top tax rate of 10.0%. In Swaziland, the top tax rate is 33.0%.

Life

have 37.1% more children


In Libya, there are approximately 17.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Swaziland, there are 24.0 babies per 1,000 people.

be 43.2 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Libya, approximately 9.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Swaziland, 389.0 women do.

be 4.5 times more likely to die during infancy


In Libya, approximately 10.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Swaziland, on the other hand, 48.4 children do.

Basic Needs

be 40.9% more likely to have internet access


In Libya, approximately 20.3% of the population has internet access. In Swaziland, about 28.6% do.

be 36.2% 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 Swaziland, that number is 74% of people on average (94% in urban areas, and 69% in rural areas).

be 72.9% 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 Swaziland, that number is 27% of people on average (40% in urban areas, and 24% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 86.0% more on healthcare


Libya spends 5.0% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Swaziland, that number is 9.3% of GDP.

Swaziland: At a glance

Swaziland is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 17,204 sq km. Autonomy for the Swazis of southern Africa was guaranteed by the British in the late 19th century; independence was granted in 1968. Student and labor unrest during the 1990s pressured King MSWATI III, Africa's last absolute monarch, to grudgingly allow political reform and greater democracy, although he has backslid on these promises in recent years. A constitution came into effect in 2006, but the legal status of political parties remains unclear. The African United Democratic Party tried unsuccessfully to register as an official political party in mid 2006. Talks over the constitution broke down between the government and progressive groups in 2007. Swaziland recently surpassed Botswana as the country with the world's highest known HIV/AIDS prevalence rate.

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


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

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