Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 75.1% less likely to be obese


In Libya, 32.5% of adults are obese. In Zambia, that number is 8.1% of people.

live 24.0 years less


In Libya, the average life expectancy is 77 years (75 years for men, 78 years for women). In Zambia, that number is 53 years (51 years for men, 54 years for women).

Economy

be 50.0% less likely to be unemployed


In Libya, 30.0% of adults are unemployed. In Zambia, that number is 15.0%.

make 60.0% less money


Libya has a GDP per capita of $10,000, while in Zambia, the GDP per capita is $4,000.

spend 3.5 times more on taxes


Libya has a top tax rate of 10.0%. In Zambia, the top tax rate is 35.0%.

Life

have 2.4 times more children


In Libya, there are approximately 17.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Zambia, there are 41.5 babies per 1,000 people.

be 24.9 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Libya, approximately 9.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Zambia, 224.0 women do.

be 30.3% less likely to be literate


In Libya, the literacy rate is 91.0%. In Zambia, it is 63.4%.

be 5.7 times more likely to die during infancy


In Libya, approximately 10.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Zambia, on the other hand, 61.1 children do.

Basic Needs

be 25.6% more likely to have internet access


In Libya, approximately 20.3% of the population has internet access. In Zambia, about 25.5% do.

be 20.2% 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 Zambia, that number is 65% of people on average (86% in urban areas, and 51% in rural areas).

be 73.9% 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 Zambia, that number is 26% of people on average (45% in urban areas, and 14% in rural areas).

Zambia: At a glance

Zambia is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 743,398 sq km. The territory of Northern Rhodesia was administered by the [British] South Africa Company from 1891 until it was taken over by the UK in 1923. During the 1920s and 1930s, advances in mining spurred development and immigration. The name was changed to Zambia upon independence in 1964. In the 1980s and 1990s, declining copper prices, economic mismanagement and a prolonged drought hurt the economy. Elections in 1991 brought an end to one-party rule, but the subsequent vote in 1996 saw blatant harassment of opposition parties. The election in 2001 was marked by administrative problems with three parties filing a legal petition challenging the election of ruling party candidate Levy MWANAWASA. MWANAWASA was reelected in 2006 in an election that was deemed free and fair. Upon his abrupt death in August 2008, he was succeeded by his vice president, Rupiah BANDA, who subsequently won a special presidential by-election in October 2008. Michael SATA was elected president in September 2011.

How big is Zambia 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, Zambia Revenue Authority.

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