Quality of Life Comparison


If you lived in Libya instead of Niger, you would:


live 20.8 years longer

In Niger, the average life expectancy is 56 years (55 years for men, 57 years for women). In Libya, that number is 77 years (75 years for men, 78 years for women).

be 5.9 times more likely to be obese

In Niger, 5.5% of adults are obese. In Libya, that number is 32.5% of people.


make 8.3 times more money

Niger has a GDP per capita of $1,200, while in Libya, the GDP per capita is $10,000.

be 11.5 times more likely to be unemployed

In Niger, 2.6% of adults are unemployed. In Libya, that number is 30.0%.


be 98.4% less likely to die during childbirth

In Niger, approximately 553.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Libya, 9.0 women do.

be 4.8 times more likely to be literate

In Niger, the literacy rate is 19.1%. In Libya, it is 91.0%.

be 86.7% less likely to die during infancy

In Niger, approximately 81.1 children die before they reach the age of one. In Libya, on the other hand, 10.8 children do.

have 60.4% fewer children

In Niger, there are approximately 44.2 babies per 1,000 people. In Libya, there are 17.5 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 6.7 times more likely to have access to electricity

In Niger, 15% of people have electricity access (62% in urban areas, and 4% in rural areas). In Libya, that number is 100% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 99% in rural areas).

be 4.7 times more likely to have internet access

In Niger, approximately 4.3% of the population has internet access. In Libya, about 20.3% do.


spend 13.8% less on healthcare

Niger spends 5.8% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Libya, that number is 5.0% of GDP.

Libya: At a glance

Libya is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 1,759,540 sq km. The Italians supplanted the Ottoman Turks in the area around Tripoli in 1911 and did not relinquish their hold until 1943 when defeated in World War II. Libya then passed to UN administration and achieved independence in 1951. Following a 1969 military coup, Col. Muammar al-QADHAFI assumed leadership and began to espouse his political system at home, which was a combination of socialism and Islam. During the 1970s, QADHAFI used oil revenues to promote his ideology outside Libya, supporting subversive and terrorist activities that included the downing of two airliners - one over Scotland, another in Northern Africa - and a discotheque bombing in Berlin. UN sanctions in 1992 isolated QADHAFI politically and economically following the attacks; sanctions were lifted in 2003 following Libyan acceptance of responsibility for the bombings and agreement to claimant compensation. QADHAFI also agreed to end Libya's program to develop weapons of mass destruction, and he made significant strides in normalizing relations with Western nations. Unrest that began in several Middle Eastern and North African countries in late 2010 erupted in Libyan cities in early 2011. QADHAFI's brutal crackdown on protesters spawned a civil war that triggered UN authorization of air and naval intervention by the international community. After months of seesaw fighting between government and opposition forces, the QADHAFI regime was toppled in mid-2011 and replaced by a transitional government. Libya in 2012 formed a new parliament and elected a new prime minister.

How big is Libya compared to Niger? 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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