Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Kenya instead of Maldives, you would:

Health

be 17.4% less likely to be obese


In Maldives, 8.6% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Kenya, that number is 7.1% of people as of 2016.

live 7.4 years less


In Maldives, the average life expectancy is 76 years (74 years for men, 79 years for women) as of 2020. In Kenya, that number is 69 years (67 years for men, 71 years for women) as of 2020.

Economy

make 81.8% less money


Maldives has a GDP per capita of $19,200 as of 2017, while in Kenya, the GDP per capita is $3,500 as of 2017.

be 13.8 times more likely to be unemployed


In Maldives, 2.9% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Kenya, that number is 40.0% as of 2013.

be 2.4 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In Maldives, 15.0% live below the poverty line as of 2009. In Kenya, however, that number is 36.1% as of 2016.

Life

have 70.0% more children


In Maldives, there are approximately 16.0 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Kenya, there are 27.2 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

be 6.5 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Maldives, approximately 53.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Kenya, 342.0 women do as of 2017.

be 16.6% less likely to be literate


In Maldives, the literacy rate is 97.7% as of 2016. In Kenya, it is 81.5% as of 2018.

be 50.5% more likely to die during infancy


In Maldives, approximately 19.8 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Kenya, on the other hand, 29.8 children do as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 44.0% less likely to have access to electricity


In Maldives, approximately 100% of the population has electricity access as of 2016. In Kenya, 56% of the population do as of 2017.

be 71.8% less likely to have internet access


In Maldives, approximately 63.2% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Kenya, about 17.8% do as of 2018.

be 32.0% less likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Maldives, approximately 100% of people have improved drinking water access (98% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas) as of 2017. In Kenya, that number is 68% of people on average (89% in urban areas, and 60% in rural areas) as of 2017.

Expenditures

spend 26.8% more on education


Maldives spends 4.1% of its total GDP on education as of 2016. Kenya spends 5.2% of total GDP on education as of 2017.

Geography

see 16.8% less coastline


Maldives has a total of 644 km of coastline. In Kenya, that number is 536 km.

Kenya: At a glance

Kenya is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 569,140 sq km. Founding president and liberation struggle icon Jomo KENYATTA led Kenya from independence in 1963 until his death in 1978, when President Daniel MOI took power in a constitutional succession. The country was a de facto one-party state from 1969 until 1982 when the ruling Kenya African National Union (KANU) made itself the sole legal party in Kenya. MOI acceded to internal and external pressure for political liberalization in late 1991. The ethnically fractured opposition failed to dislodge KANU from power in elections in 1992 and 1997, which were marred by violence and fraud, but were viewed as having generally reflected the will of the Kenyan people. President MOI stepped down in December 2002 following fair and peaceful elections. Mwai KIBAKI, running as the candidate of the multiethnic, united opposition group, the National Rainbow Coalition (NARC), defeated KANU candidate Uhuru KENYATTA and assumed the presidency following a campaign centered on an anticorruption platform. KIBAKI's NARC coalition splintered in 2005 over a constitutional review process. Government defectors joined with KANU to form a new opposition coalition, the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM), which defeated the government's draft constitution in a popular referendum in November 2005. KIBAKI's reelection in December 2007 brought charges of vote rigging from ODM candidate Raila ODINGA and unleashed two months of violence in which as many as 1,500 people died. African Union-sponsored mediation led by former UN Secretary General Kofi ANNAN in late February 2008 resulted in a power-sharing accord bringing ODINGA into the government in the restored position of prime minister. The power sharing accord included a broad reform agenda, the centerpiece of which was constitutional reform. In August 2010, Kenyans overwhelmingly adopted a new constitution in a national referendum. The new constitution introduced additional checks and balances to executive power and significant devolution of power and resources to 47 newly created counties. It also eliminated the position of prime minister following the first presidential election under the new constitution, which occurred on 4 March 2013. Uhuru KENYATTA, the son of founding president Jomo KENYATTA, won the March elections in the first round by a close margin and was sworn into office on 9 April 2013.

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The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook.

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