Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Cameroon instead of Panama, you would:

Health

be 49.8% less likely to be obese


In Panama, 22.7% of adults are obese. In Cameroon, that number is 11.4% of people.

be 3.7 times more likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Panama, 1.0% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Cameroon, that number is 3.7% of people.

live 19.8 years less


In Panama, the average life expectancy is 79 years (76 years for men, 82 years for women). In Cameroon, that number is 59 years (58 years for men, 60 years for women).

Economy

be 21.8% less likely to be unemployed


In Panama, 5.5% of adults are unemployed. In Cameroon, that number is 4.3%.

make 85.4% less money


Panama has a GDP per capita of $25,400, while in Cameroon, the GDP per capita is $3,700.

be 30.4% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In Panama, 23.0% live below the poverty line. In Cameroon, however, that number is 30.0%.

spend 40.0% more on taxes


Panama has a top tax rate of 25.0%. In Cameroon, the top tax rate is 35.0%.

Life

have 97.8% more children


In Panama, there are approximately 17.9 babies per 1,000 people. In Cameroon, there are 35.4 babies per 1,000 people.

be 6.3 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Panama, approximately 94.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Cameroon, 596.0 women do.

be 21.1% less likely to be literate


In Panama, the literacy rate is 95.0%. In Cameroon, it is 75.0%.

be 5.2 times more likely to die during infancy


In Panama, approximately 9.9 children die before they reach the age of one. In Cameroon, on the other hand, 51.0 children do.

Basic Needs

be 39.6% 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 Cameroon, that number is 55% of people on average (88% in urban areas, and 17% in rural areas).

be 53.7% less likely to have internet access


In Panama, approximately 54.0% of the population has internet access. In Cameroon, about 25.0% do.

be 20.2% 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 Cameroon, that number is 76% of people on average (95% in urban areas, and 53% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 12.5% less on education


Panama spends 3.2% of its total GDP on education. Cameroon spends 2.8% of total GDP on education.

spend 48.8% less on healthcare


Panama spends 8.0% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Cameroon, that number is 4.1% of GDP.

Geography

see 83.9% less coastline


Panama has a total of 2,490 km of coastline. In Cameroon, that number is 402 km.

Cameroon: At a glance

Cameroon is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 472,710 sq km. French Cameroon became independent in 1960 as the Republic of Cameroon. The following year the southern portion of neighboring British Cameroon voted to merge with the new country to form the Federal Republic of Cameroon. In 1972, a new constitution replaced the federation with a unitary state, the United Republic of Cameroon. The country has generally enjoyed stability, which has permitted the development of agriculture, roads, and railways, as well as a petroleum industry. Despite slow movement toward democratic reform, political power remains firmly in the hands of President Paul BIYA.

How big is Cameroon compared to Panama? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Ministry of Finance, General Directorate of Revenues, Panama.

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