Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Colombia instead of Mexico, you would:

Health

be 22.8% less likely to be obese


In Mexico, 28.9% of adults are obese. In Colombia, that number is 22.3% of people.

Economy

be 39.4% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Mexico, 46.2% live below the poverty line. In Colombia, however, that number is 28.0%.

make 27.1% less money


Mexico has a GDP per capita of $19,900, while in Colombia, the GDP per capita is $14,500.

be 2.9 times more likely to be unemployed


In Mexico, 3.6% of adults are unemployed. In Colombia, that number is 10.5%.

Life

be 68.4% more likely to die during childbirth


In Mexico, approximately 38.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Colombia, 64.0 women do.

be 17.2% more likely to die during infancy


In Mexico, approximately 11.6 children die before they reach the age of one. In Colombia, on the other hand, 13.6 children do.

have 12.0% fewer children


In Mexico, there are approximately 18.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Colombia, there are 16.1 babies per 1,000 people.

Expenditures

spend 15.1% less on education


Mexico spends 5.3% of its total GDP on education. Colombia spends 4.5% of total GDP on education.

spend 14.3% more on healthcare


Mexico spends 6.3% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Colombia, that number is 7.2% of GDP.

Geography

see 65.6% less coastline


Mexico has a total of 9,330 km of coastline. In Colombia, that number is 3,208 km.

Colombia: At a glance

Colombia is a sovereign country in South America, with a total land area of approximately 1,038,700 sq km. Colombia was one of the three countries that emerged from the collapse of Gran Colombia in 1830 (the others are Ecuador and Venezuela). A nearly five-decade long conflict between government forces and anti-government insurgent groups, principally the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) heavily funded by the drug trade, escalated during the 1990s. More than 31,000 former paramilitaries had demobilized by the end of 2006 and the United Self Defense Forces of Colombia as a formal organization had ceased to function. In the wake of the paramilitary demobilization, emerging criminal groups arose, whose members include some former paramilitaries. The insurgents lack the military or popular support necessary to overthrow the government, but continue attacks against civilians. Large areas of the countryside are under guerrilla influence or are contested by security forces. In November 2012, the Colombian Government started formal peace negotiations with the FARC aimed at reaching a definitive bilateral ceasefire and incorporating demobilized FARC members into mainstream society and politics. The Colombian Government has stepped up efforts to reassert government control throughout the country, and now has a presence in every one of its administrative departments. Despite decades of internal conflict and drug related security challenges, Colombia maintains relatively strong democratic institutions characterized by peaceful, transparent elections and the protection of civil liberties.

How big is Colombia compared to Mexico? 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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