Quality of Life Comparison


If you lived in Cabo Verde instead of Marshall Islands, you would:


be 77.7% less likely to be obese

In Marshall Islands, 52.9% of adults are obese. In Cabo Verde, that number is 11.8% of people.

live 1.0 years less

In Marshall Islands, the average life expectancy is 73 years (71 years for men, 76 years for women). In Cabo Verde, that number is 72 years (70 years for men, 75 years for women).


make 2.0 times more money

Marshall Islands has a GDP per capita of $3,400, while in Cabo Verde, the GDP per capita is $6,900.

be 75.0% less likely to be unemployed

In Marshall Islands, 36.0% of adults are unemployed. In Cabo Verde, that number is 9.0%.


be 11.7% less likely to be literate

In Marshall Islands, the literacy rate is 98.3%. In Cabo Verde, it is 86.8%.

be 13.5% more likely to die during infancy

In Marshall Islands, approximately 19.3 children die before they reach the age of one. In Cabo Verde, on the other hand, 21.9 children do.

have 18.0% fewer children

In Marshall Islands, there are approximately 24.4 babies per 1,000 people. In Cabo Verde, there are 20.0 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 19.7% more likely to have access to electricity

In Marshall Islands, 59% of people have electricity access (65% in urban areas, and 45% in rural areas). In Cabo Verde, that number is 71% of people on average (84% in urban areas, and 47% in rural areas).

be 61.7% more likely to have internet access

In Marshall Islands, approximately 29.8% of the population has internet access. In Cabo Verde, about 48.2% do.


spend 71.9% less on healthcare

Marshall Islands spends 17.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Cabo Verde, that number is 4.8% of GDP.


see 2.6 times more coastline

Marshall Islands has a total of 370 km of coastline. In Cabo Verde, that number is 965 km.

Cabo Verde: At a glance

Cabo Verde is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 4,033 sq km. The uninhabited islands were discovered and colonized by the Portuguese in the 15th century; Cabo Verde subsequently became a trading center for African slaves and later an important coaling and resupply stop for whaling and transatlantic shipping. Following independence in 1975, and a tentative interest in unification with Guinea-Bissau, a one-party system was established and maintained until multi-party elections were held in 1990. Cabo Verde continues to exhibit one of Africa's most stable democratic governments. Repeated droughts during the second half of the 20th century caused significant hardship and prompted heavy emigration. As a result, Cabo Verde's expatriate population is greater than its domestic one. Most Cabo Verdeans have both African and Portuguese antecedents.

How big is Cabo Verde compared to Marshall Islands? See an in-depth size comparison.

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


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