Quality of Life Comparison


If you lived in Suriname instead of Mauritius, you would:


live 3.3 years less

In Mauritius, the average life expectancy is 76 years (72 years for men, 80 years for women). In Suriname, that number is 72 years (70 years for men, 75 years for women).

be 2.4 times more likely to be obese

In Mauritius, 10.8% of adults are obese. In Suriname, that number is 26.4% of people.


make 32.4% less money

Mauritius has a GDP per capita of $21,600, while in Suriname, the GDP per capita is $14,600.

be 31.9% more likely to be unemployed

In Mauritius, 6.9% of adults are unemployed. In Suriname, that number is 9.1%.

be 8.8 times more likely to live below the poverty line

In Mauritius, 8.0% live below the poverty line. In Suriname, however, that number is 70.0%.

spend 2.5 times more on taxes

Mauritius has a top tax rate of 15.0%. In Suriname, the top tax rate is 38.0%.


have 21.5% more children

In Mauritius, there are approximately 13.0 babies per 1,000 people. In Suriname, there are 15.8 babies per 1,000 people.

be 2.9 times more likely to die during childbirth

In Mauritius, approximately 53.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Suriname, 155.0 women do.

be 2.5 times more likely to die during infancy

In Mauritius, approximately 9.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Suriname, on the other hand, 24.5 children do.

Basic Needs

be 14.7% less likely to have internet access

In Mauritius, approximately 53.2% of the population has internet access. In Suriname, about 45.4% do.


spend 18.8% more on healthcare

Mauritius spends 4.8% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Suriname, that number is 5.7% of GDP.


see 2.2 times more coastline

Mauritius has a total of 177 km of coastline. In Suriname, that number is 386 km.

Suriname: At a glance

Suriname is a sovereign country in South America, with a total land area of approximately 156,000 sq km. First explored by the Spaniards in the 16th century and then settled by the English in the mid-17th century, Suriname became a Dutch colony in 1667. With the abolition of African slavery in 1863, workers were brought in from India and Java. Independence from the Netherlands was granted in 1975. Five years later the civilian government was replaced by a military regime that soon declared a socialist republic. It continued to exert control through a succession of nominally civilian administrations until 1987, when international pressure finally forced a democratic election. In 1990, the military overthrew the civilian leadership, but a democratically elected government - a four-party coalition - returned to power in 1991. The coalition expanded to eight parties in 2005 and ruled until August 2010, when voters returned former military leader Desire BOUTERSE and his opposition coalition to power.

How big is Suriname compared to Mauritius? See an in-depth size comparison.

The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: Mauritius Revenue Authority, The World Factbook, Ministry of Finance.


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