Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Botswana instead of Netherlands, you would:

Health

be 101.5 times more likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Netherlands, 0.2% of people are living with AIDS/HIV as of 2017. In Botswana, that number is 20.3% of people as of 2018.

live 16.9 years less


In Netherlands, the average life expectancy is 82 years (80 years for men, 84 years for women) as of 2020. In Botswana, that number is 65 years (63 years for men, 67 years for women) as of 2020.

Economy

pay a 51.9% lower top tax rate


Netherlands has a top tax rate of 52.0% as of 2016. In Botswana, the top tax rate is 25.0% as of 2016.

make 68.5% less money


Netherlands has a GDP per capita of $53,900 as of 2017, while in Botswana, the GDP per capita is $17,000 as of 2017.

be 4.1 times more likely to be unemployed


In Netherlands, 4.9% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Botswana, that number is 20.0% as of 2013.

be 2.2 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In Netherlands, 8.8% live below the poverty line as of 2015. In Botswana, however, that number is 19.3% as of 2009.

Life

have 90.0% more children


In Netherlands, there are approximately 11.0 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Botswana, there are 20.9 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

be 28.8 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Netherlands, approximately 5.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Botswana, 144.0 women do as of 2017.

be 7.7 times more likely to die during infancy


In Netherlands, approximately 3.5 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Botswana, on the other hand, 26.8 children do as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 39.3% less likely to have access to electricity


In Netherlands, approximately 100% of the population has electricity access as of 2016. In Botswana, 61% of the population do as of 2016.

be 50.4% less likely to have internet access


In Netherlands, approximately 94.7% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Botswana, about 47.0% do as of 2018.

Expenditures

spend 74.5% more on education


Netherlands spends 5.5% of its total GDP on education as of 2016. Botswana spends 9.6% of total GDP on education as of 2009.

Botswana: At a glance

Botswana is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 566,730 sq km. Formerly the British protectorate of Bechuanaland, Botswana adopted its new name upon independence in 1966. More than four decades of uninterrupted civilian leadership, progressive social policies, and significant capital investment have created one of the most stable economies in Africa. Mineral extraction, principally diamond mining, dominates economic activity, though tourism is a growing sector due to the country's conservation practices and extensive nature preserves. Botswana has one of the world's highest known rates of HIV/AIDS infection, but also one of Africa's most progressive and comprehensive programs for dealing with the disease.

How big is Botswana compared to Netherlands? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Botswana Unified Revenue Service, Tax and Customs Administration - Belastingdienst.

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