Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Ecuador instead of Mauritania, you would:

Health

live 13.6 years longer


In Mauritania, the average life expectancy is 63 years (61 years for men, 66 years for women). In Ecuador, that number is 77 years (74 years for men, 80 years for women).

be 56.7% more likely to be obese


In Mauritania, 12.7% of adults are obese. In Ecuador, that number is 19.9% of people.

Economy

make 2.6 times more money


Mauritania has a GDP per capita of $4,400, while in Ecuador, the GDP per capita is $11,500.

be 60.7% less likely to be unemployed


In Mauritania, 11.7% of adults are unemployed. In Ecuador, that number is 4.6%.

spend 12.5% less on taxes


Mauritania has a top tax rate of 40.0%. In Ecuador, the top tax rate is 35.0%.

Life

be 89.4% less likely to die during childbirth


In Mauritania, approximately 602.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Ecuador, 64.0 women do.

be 81.2% more likely to be literate


In Mauritania, the literacy rate is 52.1%. In Ecuador, it is 94.4%.

be 68.4% less likely to die during infancy


In Mauritania, approximately 51.9 children die before they reach the age of one. In Ecuador, on the other hand, 16.4 children do.

have 41.1% fewer children


In Mauritania, there are approximately 30.4 babies per 1,000 people. In Ecuador, there are 17.9 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 3.5 times more likely to have access to electricity


In Mauritania, 28% of people have electricity access (47% in urban areas, and 2% in rural areas). In Ecuador, that number is 97% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 92% in rural areas).

be 3.0 times more likely to have internet access


In Mauritania, approximately 18.0% of the population has internet access. In Ecuador, about 54.1% do.

be 50.1% more likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Mauritania, approximately 58% of people have improved drinking water access (58% in urban areas, and 57% in rural areas). In Ecuador, that number is 87% of people on average (93% in urban areas, and 76% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 92.3% more on education


Mauritania spends 2.6% of its total GDP on education. Ecuador spends 5.0% of total GDP on education.

spend 2.4 times more on healthcare


Mauritania spends 3.8% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Ecuador, that number is 9.2% of GDP.

Geography

see 3.0 times more coastline


Mauritania has a total of 754 km of coastline. In Ecuador, that number is 2,237 km.

Ecuador: At a glance

Ecuador is a sovereign country in South America, with a total land area of approximately 276,841 sq km. What is now Ecuador formed part of the northern Inca Empire until the Spanish conquest in 1533. Quito became a seat of Spanish colonial government in 1563 and part of the Viceroyalty of New Granada in 1717. The territories of the Viceroyalty - New Granada (Colombia), Venezuela, and Quito - gained their independence between 1819 and 1822 and formed a federation known as Gran Colombia. When Quito withdrew in 1830, the traditional name was changed in favor of the "Republic of the Equator." Between 1904 and 1942, Ecuador lost territories in a series of conflicts with its neighbors. A border war with Peru that flared in 1995 was resolved in 1999. Although Ecuador marked 30 years of civilian governance in 2004, the period was marred by political instability. Protests in Quito contributed to the mid-term ouster of three of Ecuador's last four democratically elected presidents. In late 2008, voters approved a new constitution, Ecuador's 20th since gaining independence. General elections were held in February 2013, and voters re-elected President Rafael CORREA.

How big is Ecuador compared to Mauritania? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Ministry of Finance, Servicio de Rentas Internas del Ecuador.

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