Quality of Life Comparison


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


live 3.5 years longer

In Nicaragua, the average life expectancy is 74 years (71 years for men, 76 years for women). In Ecuador, that number is 77 years (74 years for men, 80 years for women).

be 16.0% less likely to be obese

In Nicaragua, 23.7% of adults are obese. In Ecuador, that number is 19.9% of people.


make 98.3% more money

Nicaragua has a GDP per capita of $5,800, while in Ecuador, the GDP per capita is $11,500.

be 29.2% less likely to be unemployed

In Nicaragua, 6.5% of adults are unemployed. In Ecuador, that number is 4.6%.

spend 16.7% more on taxes

Nicaragua has a top tax rate of 30.0%. In Ecuador, the top tax rate is 35.0%.


be 57.3% less likely to die during childbirth

In Nicaragua, approximately 150.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Ecuador, 64.0 women do.

be 14.0% more likely to be literate

In Nicaragua, the literacy rate is 82.8%. In Ecuador, it is 94.4%.

be 10.4% less likely to die during infancy

In Nicaragua, approximately 18.3 children die before they reach the age of one. In Ecuador, on the other hand, 16.4 children do.

Basic Needs

be 24.4% more likely to have access to electricity

In Nicaragua, 78% of people have electricity access (100% in urban areas, and 43% in rural areas). In Ecuador, that number is 97% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 92% in rural areas).

be 2.2 times more likely to have internet access

In Nicaragua, approximately 24.6% of the population has internet access. In Ecuador, about 54.1% do.


spend 11.1% more on education

Nicaragua spends 4.5% of its total GDP on education. Ecuador spends 5.0% of total GDP on education.


see 2.5 times more coastline

Nicaragua has a total of 910 km of coastline. In Ecuador, that number is 2,237 km.

Ecuador: At a glance

Ecuador is a sovereign country in South America, with a total land area of approximately 276,841 sq km. What is now Ecuador formed part of the northern Inca Empire until the Spanish conquest in 1533. Quito became a seat of Spanish colonial government in 1563 and part of the Viceroyalty of New Granada in 1717. The territories of the Viceroyalty - New Granada (Colombia), Venezuela, and Quito - gained their independence between 1819 and 1822 and formed a federation known as Gran Colombia. When Quito withdrew in 1830, the traditional name was changed in favor of the "Republic of the Equator." Between 1904 and 1942, Ecuador lost territories in a series of conflicts with its neighbors. A border war with Peru that flared in 1995 was resolved in 1999. Although Ecuador marked 30 years of civilian governance in 2004, the period was marred by political instability. Protests in Quito contributed to the mid-term ouster of three of Ecuador's last four democratically elected presidents. In late 2008, voters approved a new constitution, Ecuador's 20th since gaining independence. General elections were held in February 2013, and voters re-elected President Rafael CORREA.

How big is Ecuador compared to Nicaragua? See an in-depth size comparison.

The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: General Directorate of Revenues, The World Factbook, Servicio de Rentas Internas del Ecuador.


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