Quality of Life Comparison


If you lived in Guyana instead of Marshall Islands, you would:


be 61.8% less likely to be obese

In Marshall Islands, 52.9% of adults are obese. In Guyana, that number is 20.2% of people.

live 4.8 years less

In Marshall Islands, the average life expectancy is 73 years (71 years for men, 76 years for women). In Guyana, that number is 69 years (66 years for men, 72 years for women).


make 2.4 times more money

Marshall Islands has a GDP per capita of $3,400, while in Guyana, the GDP per capita is $8,200.

be 69.2% less likely to be unemployed

In Marshall Islands, 36.0% of adults are unemployed. In Guyana, that number is 11.1%.


be 57.5% more likely to die during infancy

In Marshall Islands, approximately 19.3 children die before they reach the age of one. In Guyana, on the other hand, 30.4 children do.

have 36.9% fewer children

In Marshall Islands, there are approximately 24.4 babies per 1,000 people. In Guyana, there are 15.4 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 33.9% 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 Guyana, that number is 79% of people on average (91% in urban areas, and 75% in rural areas).

be 19.8% more likely to have internet access

In Marshall Islands, approximately 29.8% of the population has internet access. In Guyana, about 35.7% do.


spend 69.6% less on healthcare

Marshall Islands spends 17.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Guyana, that number is 5.2% of GDP.


see 23.9% more coastline

Marshall Islands has a total of 370 km of coastline. In Guyana, that number is 459 km.

Guyana: At a glance

Guyana is a sovereign country in South America, with a total land area of approximately 196,849 sq km. Originally a Dutch colony in the 17th century, by 1815 Guyana had become a British possession. The abolition of slavery led to settlement of urban areas by former slaves and the importation of indentured servants from India to work the sugar plantations. The resulting ethnocultural divide has persisted and has led to turbulent politics. Guyana achieved independence from the UK in 1966, and since then it has been ruled mostly by socialist-oriented governments. In 1992, Cheddi JAGAN was elected president in what is considered the country's first free and fair election since independence. After his death five years later, his wife, Janet JAGAN, became president but resigned in 1999 due to poor health. Her successor, Bharrat JAGDEO, was reelected in 2001 and again in 2006. Donald RAMOTAR was elected president in 2011.

How big is Guyana 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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