Quality of Life Comparison


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


be 12.5% more likely to be obese

In Mexico, 28.9% of adults are obese. In Libya, that number is 32.5% of people.


spend 71.4% less on taxes

Mexico has a top tax rate of 35.0%. In Libya, the top tax rate is 10.0%.

make 49.7% less money

Mexico has a GDP per capita of $19,900, while in Libya, the GDP per capita is $10,000.

be 8.3 times more likely to be unemployed

In Mexico, 3.6% of adults are unemployed. In Libya, that number is 30.0%.


be 76.3% less likely to die during childbirth

In Mexico, approximately 38.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Libya, 9.0 women do.

Basic Needs

be 65.9% less likely to have internet access

In Mexico, approximately 59.5% of the population has internet access. In Libya, about 20.3% do.

be 43.4% less likely to have access to improved drinking water

In Mexico, approximately 96% of people have improved drinking water access (97% in urban areas, and 92% in rural areas). In Libya, that number is 54% of people on average (54% in urban areas, and 55% in rural areas).


spend 20.6% less on healthcare

Mexico spends 6.3% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Libya, that number is 5.0% of GDP.


see 81.0% less coastline

Mexico has a total of 9,330 km of coastline. In Libya, that number is 1,770 km.

Libya: At a glance

Libya is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 1,759,540 sq km. The Italians supplanted the Ottoman Turks in the area around Tripoli in 1911 and did not relinquish their hold until 1943 when defeated in World War II. Libya then passed to UN administration and achieved independence in 1951. Following a 1969 military coup, Col. Muammar al-QADHAFI assumed leadership and began to espouse his political system at home, which was a combination of socialism and Islam. During the 1970s, QADHAFI used oil revenues to promote his ideology outside Libya, supporting subversive and terrorist activities that included the downing of two airliners - one over Scotland, another in Northern Africa - and a discotheque bombing in Berlin. UN sanctions in 1992 isolated QADHAFI politically and economically following the attacks; sanctions were lifted in 2003 following Libyan acceptance of responsibility for the bombings and agreement to claimant compensation. QADHAFI also agreed to end Libya's program to develop weapons of mass destruction, and he made significant strides in normalizing relations with Western nations. Unrest that began in several Middle Eastern and North African countries in late 2010 erupted in Libyan cities in early 2011. QADHAFI's brutal crackdown on protesters spawned a civil war that triggered UN authorization of air and naval intervention by the international community. After months of seesaw fighting between government and opposition forces, the QADHAFI regime was toppled in mid-2011 and replaced by a transitional government. Libya in 2012 formed a new parliament and elected a new prime minister.

How big is Libya compared to Mexico? 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 Administración Tributaria, SHCP.


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