Quality of Life Comparison


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


live 2.5 years longer

In Nepal, the average life expectancy is 71 years (70 years for men, 72 years for women). In Nicaragua, that number is 74 years (71 years for men, 76 years for women).

be 5.8 times more likely to be obese

In Nepal, 4.1% of adults are obese. In Nicaragua, that number is 23.7% of people.


make 2.1 times more money

Nepal has a GDP per capita of $2,700, while in Nicaragua, the GDP per capita is $5,800.

be 2.2 times more likely to be unemployed

In Nepal, 3.0% of adults are unemployed. In Nicaragua, that number is 6.5%.

be 17.5% more likely to be live below the poverty line

In Nepal, 25.2% live below the poverty line. In Nicaragua, however, that number is 29.6%.


be 41.9% less likely to die during childbirth

In Nepal, approximately 258.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Nicaragua, 150.0 women do.

be 29.6% more likely to be literate

In Nepal, the literacy rate is 63.9%. In Nicaragua, it is 82.8%.

be 34.4% less likely to die during infancy

In Nepal, approximately 27.9 children die before they reach the age of one. In Nicaragua, on the other hand, 18.3 children do.

Basic Needs

be 24.9% more likely to have internet access

In Nepal, approximately 19.7% of the population has internet access. In Nicaragua, about 24.6% do.


spend 21.6% more on education

Nepal spends 3.7% of its total GDP on education. Nicaragua spends 4.5% of total GDP on education.

spend 55.2% more on healthcare

Nepal spends 5.8% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Nicaragua, that number is 9.0% of GDP.

Nicaragua: At a glance

Nicaragua is a sovereign country in Central America/Caribbean, with a total land area of approximately 119,990 sq km. The Pacific coast of Nicaragua was settled as a Spanish colony from Panama in the early 16th century. Independence from Spain was declared in 1821 and the country became an independent republic in 1838. Britain occupied the Caribbean Coast in the first half of the 19th century, but gradually ceded control of the region in subsequent decades. Violent opposition to governmental manipulation and corruption spread to all classes by 1978 and resulted in a short-lived civil war that brought the Marxist Sandinista guerrillas to power in 1979. Nicaraguan aid to leftist rebels in El Salvador caused the US to sponsor anti-Sandinista contra guerrillas through much of the 1980s. After losing free and fair elections in 1990, 1996, and 2001, former Sandinista President Daniel ORTEGA Saavedra was elected president in 2006 and reelected in 2011. The 2008 municipal elections, 2010 regional elections, 2011 presidential elections, 2012 municipal elections, and 2013 regional elections were marred by widespread irregularities. Nicaragua's infrastructure and economy - hard hit by the earlier civil war and by Hurricane Mitch in 1998 - are slowly being rebuilt, but democratic institutions have been weakened under the ORTEGA administration.

How big is Nicaragua 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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