Quality of Life Comparison


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


live 9.3 years less

In Netherlands, the average life expectancy is 82 years (80 years for men, 84 years for women) as of 2020. In Guatemala, that number is 72 years (70 years for men, 74 years for women) as of 2020.


be 53.1% less likely to be unemployed

In Netherlands, 4.9% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Guatemala, that number is 2.3% as of 2017.

pay a 86.5% lower top tax rate

Netherlands has a top tax rate of 52.0% as of 2016. In Guatemala, the top tax rate is 7.0% as of 2016.

make 84.8% less money

Netherlands has a GDP per capita of $53,900 as of 2017, while in Guatemala, the GDP per capita is $8,200 as of 2017.

be 6.7 times more likely to live below the poverty line

In Netherlands, 8.8% live below the poverty line as of 2015. In Guatemala, however, that number is 59.3% as of 2014.


have 2.1 times more children

In Netherlands, there are approximately 11.0 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Guatemala, there are 23.3 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

be 19.0 times more likely to die during childbirth

In Netherlands, approximately 5.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Guatemala, 95.0 women do as of 2017.

be 6.2 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 Guatemala, on the other hand, 21.8 children do as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 31.4% less likely to have internet access

In Netherlands, approximately 94.7% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Guatemala, about 65.0% do as of 2018.


spend 49.1% less on education

Netherlands spends 5.5% of its total GDP on education as of 2016. Guatemala spends 2.8% of total GDP on education as of 2017.


see 11.3% less coastline

Netherlands has a total of 451 km of coastline. In Guatemala, that number is 400 km.

Guatemala: At a glance

Guatemala is a sovereign country in Central America/Caribbean, with a total land area of approximately 107,159 sq km. The Maya civilization flourished in Guatemala and surrounding regions during the first millennium A.D. After almost three centuries as a Spanish colony, Guatemala won its independence in 1821. During the second half of the 20th century, it experienced a variety of military and civilian governments, as well as a 36-year guerrilla war. In 1996, the government signed a peace agreement formally ending the internal conflict, which had left more than 200,000 people dead and had created, by some estimates, about 1 million refugees.

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

The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Tax and Customs Administration - Belastingdienst, Superintendence of the Tax Administration.


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