Quality of Life Comparison


If you lived in Iraq instead of Madagascar, you would:


live 8.6 years longer

In Madagascar, the average life expectancy is 66 years (65 years for men, 68 years for women). In Iraq, that number is 75 years (73 years for men, 77 years for women).

be 5.7 times more likely to be obese

In Madagascar, 5.3% of adults are obese. In Iraq, that number is 30.4% of people.


make 10.6 times more money

Madagascar has a GDP per capita of $1,600, while in Iraq, the GDP per capita is $17,000.

be 67.5% less likely to be live below the poverty line

In Madagascar, 70.7% live below the poverty line. In Iraq, however, that number is 23.0%.

spend 25.0% less on taxes

Madagascar has a top tax rate of 20.0%. In Iraq, the top tax rate is 15.0%.

be 7.6 times more likely to be unemployed

In Madagascar, 2.1% of adults are unemployed. In Iraq, that number is 16.0%.


be 85.8% less likely to die during childbirth

In Madagascar, approximately 353.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Iraq, 50.0 women do.

be 23.2% more likely to be literate

In Madagascar, the literacy rate is 64.7%. In Iraq, it is 79.7%.

Basic Needs

be 6.5 times more likely to have access to electricity

In Madagascar, 15% of people have electricity access (37% in urban areas, and 4% in rural areas). In Iraq, that number is 98% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 95% in rural areas).

be 4.5 times more likely to have internet access

In Madagascar, approximately 4.7% of the population has internet access. In Iraq, about 21.2% do.

be 68.2% more likely to have access to improved drinking water

In Madagascar, approximately 52% of people have improved drinking water access (82% in urban areas, and 35% in rural areas). In Iraq, that number is 87% of people on average (94% in urban areas, and 70% in rural areas).


spend 83.3% more on healthcare

Madagascar spends 3.0% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Iraq, that number is 5.5% of GDP.


see 98.8% less coastline

Madagascar has a total of 4,828 km of coastline. In Iraq, that number is 58 km.

Iraq: At a glance

Iraq is a sovereign country in Middle East, with a total land area of approximately 437,367 sq km. Formerly part of the Ottoman Empire, Iraq was occupied by Britain during the course of World War I; in 1920, it was declared a League of Nations mandate under UK administration. In stages over the next dozen years, Iraq attained its independence as a kingdom in 1932. A "republic" was proclaimed in 1958, but in actuality a series of strongmen ruled the country until 2003. The last was SADDAM Husayn. Territorial disputes with Iran led to an inconclusive and costly eight-year war (1980-88). In August 1990, Iraq seized Kuwait but was expelled by US-led, UN coalition forces during the Gulf War of January-February 1991. Following Kuwait's liberation, the UN Security Council (UNSC) required Iraq to scrap all weapons of mass destruction and long-range missiles and to allow UN verification inspections. Continued Iraqi noncompliance with UNSC resolutions over a period of 12 years led to the US-led invasion of Iraq in March 2003 and the ouster of the SADDAM Husayn regime. US forces remained in Iraq under a UNSC mandate through 2009 and under a bilateral security agreement thereafter, helping to provide security and to train and mentor Iraqi security forces. In October 2005, Iraqis approved a constitution in a national referendum and, pursuant to this document, elected a 275-member Council of Representatives (COR) in December 2005. The COR approved most cabinet ministers in May 2006, marking the transition to Iraq's first constitutional government in nearly a half century. In January 2009 and April 2013, Iraq held elections for provincial councils in all governorates except for the three governorates comprising the Kurdistan Regional Government and Kirkuk Governorate. Iraq held a national legislative election in March 2010 - choosing 325 legislators in an expanded COR - and, after nine months of deadlock the COR approved the new government in December 2010. Nearly nine years after the start of the Second Gulf War in Iraq, US military operations there ended in mid-December 2011.

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The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, General Direction of Taxes, Ministry of Finance.


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