Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 33.9% less likely to be obese


In Panama, 22.7% of adults are obese. In Gabon, that number is 15.0% of people.

be 4.2 times more likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Panama, 1.0% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Gabon, that number is 4.2% of people.

live 26.7 years less


In Panama, the average life expectancy is 79 years (76 years for men, 82 years for women). In Gabon, that number is 52 years (52 years for men, 52 years for women).

Economy

make 24.4% less money


Panama has a GDP per capita of $25,400, while in Gabon, the GDP per capita is $19,200.

be 5.1 times more likely to be unemployed


In Panama, 5.5% of adults are unemployed. In Gabon, that number is 28.0%.

be 49.1% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In Panama, 23.0% live below the poverty line. In Gabon, however, that number is 34.3%.

spend 40.0% more on taxes


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

Life

be 12.4% less likely to be literate


In Panama, the literacy rate is 95.0%. In Gabon, it is 83.2%.

have 91.1% more children


In Panama, there are approximately 17.9 babies per 1,000 people. In Gabon, there are 34.2 babies per 1,000 people.

be 3.1 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Panama, approximately 94.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Gabon, 291.0 women do.

be 4.5 times more likely to die during infancy


In Panama, approximately 9.9 children die before they reach the age of one. In Gabon, on the other hand, 44.1 children do.

Basic Needs

be 10.9% less likely to have internet access


In Panama, approximately 54.0% of the population has internet access. In Gabon, about 48.1% do.

Expenditures

spend 15.6% less on education


Panama spends 3.2% of its total GDP on education. Gabon spends 2.7% of total GDP on education.

spend 57.5% less on healthcare


Panama spends 8.0% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Gabon, that number is 3.4% of GDP.

Geography

see 64.5% less coastline


Panama has a total of 2,490 km of coastline. In Gabon, that number is 885 km.

Gabon: At a glance

Gabon is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 257,667 sq km. El Hadj Omar BONGO Ondimba - one of the longest-serving heads of state in the world - dominated the country's political scene for four decades (1967-2009) following independence from France in 1960. President BONGO introduced a nominal multiparty system and a new constitution in the early 1990s. However, allegations of electoral fraud during local elections in December 2002 and the presidential elections in 2005 exposed the weaknesses of formal political structures in Gabon. Following President BONGO's death in 2009, new elections brought Ali BONGO Ondimba, son of the former president, to power. Despite constrained political conditions, Gabon's small population, abundant natural resources, and considerable foreign support have helped make it one of the more stable African countries.

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


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

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