Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 5.4 years longer


In Libya, the average life expectancy is 77 years (75 years for men, 78 years for women). In Sweden, that number is 82 years (80 years for men, 84 years for women).

be 36.6% less likely to be obese


In Libya, 32.5% of adults are obese. In Sweden, that number is 20.6% of people.

Economy

make 5.2 times more money


Libya has a GDP per capita of $10,000, while in Sweden, the GDP per capita is $51,500.

be 78.0% less likely to be unemployed


In Libya, 30.0% of adults are unemployed. In Sweden, that number is 6.6%.

spend 5.7 times more on taxes


Libya has a top tax rate of 10.0%. In Sweden, the top tax rate is 57.1%.

Life

be 55.6% less likely to die during childbirth


In Libya, approximately 9.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Sweden, 4.0 women do.

be 75.9% less likely to die during infancy


In Libya, approximately 10.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Sweden, on the other hand, 2.6 children do.

have 30.9% less children


In Libya, there are approximately 17.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Sweden, there are 12.1 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 4.5 times more likely to have internet access


In Libya, approximately 20.3% of the population has internet access. In Sweden, about 91.5% 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 Sweden, that number is 100% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 2.4 times more on healthcare


Libya spends 5.0% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Sweden, that number is 11.9% of GDP.

Geography

see 81.8% more coastline


Libya has a total of 1,770 km of coastline. In Sweden, that number is 3,218 km.

Sweden: At a glance

Sweden is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 410,335 sq km. A military power during the 17th century, Sweden has not participated in any war for almost two centuries. An armed neutrality was preserved in both world wars. Sweden's long-successful economic formula of a capitalist system intermixed with substantial welfare elements was challenged in the 1990s by high unemployment and in 2000-02 and 2009 by the global economic downturns, but fiscal discipline over the past several years has allowed the country to weather economic vagaries. Sweden joined the EU in 1995, but the public rejected the introduction of the euro in a 2003 referendum.

How big is Sweden 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, Skatteverket.

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