Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Burkina Faso instead of Panama, you would:

Health

be 75.3% less likely to be obese


In Panama, 22.7% of adults are obese. In Burkina Faso, that number is 5.6% of people.

live 22.9 years less


In Panama, the average life expectancy is 79 years (76 years for men, 82 years for women). In Burkina Faso, that number is 56 years (54 years for men, 58 years for women).

Economy

make 92.5% less money


Panama has a GDP per capita of $25,400, while in Burkina Faso, the GDP per capita is $1,900.

be 14.0 times more likely to be unemployed


In Panama, 5.5% of adults are unemployed. In Burkina Faso, that number is 77.0%.

be 74.3% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In Panama, 23.0% live below the poverty line. In Burkina Faso, however, that number is 40.1%.

Life

have 2.3 times more children


In Panama, there are approximately 17.9 babies per 1,000 people. In Burkina Faso, there are 41.2 babies per 1,000 people.

be 3.9 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Panama, approximately 94.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Burkina Faso, 371.0 women do.

be 62.1% less likely to be literate


In Panama, the literacy rate is 95.0%. In Burkina Faso, it is 36.0%.

be 7.3 times more likely to die during infancy


In Panama, approximately 9.9 children die before they reach the age of one. In Burkina Faso, on the other hand, 72.2 children do.

Basic Needs

be 81.3% less likely to have access to electricity


In Panama, 91% of people have electricity access (94% in urban areas, and 80% in rural areas). In Burkina Faso, that number is 17% of people on average (56% in urban areas, and 1% in rural areas).

be 74.1% less likely to have internet access


In Panama, approximately 54.0% of the population has internet access. In Burkina Faso, about 14.0% do.

be 13.1% less likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Panama, approximately 95% of people have improved drinking water access (98% in urban areas, and 87% in rural areas). In Burkina Faso, that number is 82% of people on average (98% in urban areas, and 76% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 37.5% less on healthcare


Panama spends 8.0% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Burkina Faso, that number is 5.0% of GDP.

spend 31.2% more on education


Panama spends 3.2% of its total GDP on education. Burkina Faso spends 4.2% of total GDP on education.

Burkina Faso: At a glance

Burkina Faso is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 273,800 sq km. Burkina Faso (formerly Upper Volta) achieved independence from France in 1960. Repeated military coups during the 1970s and 1980s were followed by multiparty elections in the early 1990s. Current President Blaise COMPAORE came to power in a 1987 military coup and has won every election since then. There have been increasing protests over the belief that the president may try to run for a currently unconstitutional third term in the 2015 presidential elections. Burkina Faso's high population growth and limited natural resources result in poor economic prospects for the majority of its citizens.

How big is Burkina Faso compared to Panama? 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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