Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Bulgaria instead of Nepal, you would:

Health

live 3.7 years longer


In Nepal, the average life expectancy is 71 years (70 years for men, 72 years for women). In Bulgaria, that number is 75 years (71 years for men, 78 years for women).

be 6.1 times more likely to be obese


In Nepal, 4.1% of adults are obese. In Bulgaria, that number is 25.0% of people.

Economy

make 8.0 times more money


Nepal has a GDP per capita of $2,700, while in Bulgaria, the GDP per capita is $21,700.

be 2.1 times more likely to be unemployed


In Nepal, 3.0% of adults are unemployed. In Bulgaria, that number is 6.2%.

Life

be 95.7% less likely to die during childbirth


In Nepal, approximately 258.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Bulgaria, 11.0 women do.

be 69.9% less likely to die during infancy


In Nepal, approximately 27.9 children die before they reach the age of one. In Bulgaria, on the other hand, 8.4 children do.

be 54.0% more likely to be literate


In Nepal, the literacy rate is 63.9%. In Bulgaria, it is 98.4%.

have 55.4% less children


In Nepal, there are approximately 19.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Bulgaria, there are 8.7 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 31.6% more likely to have access to electricity


In Nepal, 76% of the population has electricity access. In Bulgaria, 100% of the population do.

be 3.0 times more likely to have internet access


In Nepal, approximately 19.7% of the population has internet access. In Bulgaria, about 59.8% do.

Expenditures

spend 10.8% more on education


Nepal spends 3.7% of its total GDP on education. Bulgaria spends 4.1% of total GDP on education.

spend 44.8% more on healthcare


Nepal spends 5.8% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Bulgaria, that number is 8.4% of GDP.

Bulgaria: At a glance

Bulgaria is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 108,489 sq km. The Bulgars, a Central Asian Turkic tribe, merged with the local Slavic inhabitants in the late 7th century to form the first Bulgarian state. In succeeding centuries, Bulgaria struggled with the Byzantine Empire to assert its place in the Balkans, but by the end of the 14th century the country was overrun by the Ottoman Turks. Northern Bulgaria attained autonomy in 1878 and all of Bulgaria became independent from the Ottoman Empire in 1908. Having fought on the losing side in both World Wars, Bulgaria fell within the Soviet sphere of influence and became a People's Republic in 1946. Communist domination ended in 1990, when Bulgaria held its first multiparty election since World War II and began the contentious process of moving toward political democracy and a market economy while combating inflation, unemployment, corruption, and crime. The country joined NATO in 2004 and the EU in 2007.

How big is Bulgaria compared to Nepal? 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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