Quality of Life Comparison


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


live 6.2 years less

In Panama, the average life expectancy is 79 years (76 years for men, 82 years for women). In Guatemala, that number is 73 years (71 years for men, 75 years for women).


be 58.2% less likely to be unemployed

In Panama, 5.5% of adults are unemployed. In Guatemala, that number is 2.3%.

spend 72.0% less on taxes

Panama has a top tax rate of 25.0%. In Guatemala, the top tax rate is 7.0%.

make 68.1% less money

Panama has a GDP per capita of $25,400, while in Guatemala, the GDP per capita is $8,100.

be 2.6 times more likely to live below the poverty line

In Panama, 23.0% live below the poverty line. In Guatemala, however, that number is 59.3%.


have 34.6% more children

In Panama, there are approximately 17.9 babies per 1,000 people. In Guatemala, there are 24.1 babies per 1,000 people.

be 14.2% less likely to be literate

In Panama, the literacy rate is 95.0%. In Guatemala, it is 81.5%.

be 2.2 times more likely to die during infancy

In Panama, approximately 9.9 children die before they reach the age of one. In Guatemala, on the other hand, 21.3 children do.

Basic Needs

be 14.3% 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 Guatemala, that number is 78% of people on average (85% in urban areas, and 72% in rural areas).

be 36.1% less likely to have internet access

In Panama, approximately 54.0% of the population has internet access. In Guatemala, about 34.5% do.


spend 12.5% less on education

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

spend 22.5% less on healthcare

Panama spends 8.0% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Guatemala, that number is 6.2% of GDP.


see 83.9% less coastline

Panama has a total of 2,490 km of coastline. In Guatemala, that number is 400 km.

Guatemala: At a glance

Guatemala is a sovereign country in Central America/Caribbean, with a total land area of approximately 107,159 sq km. The Maya civilization flourished in Guatemala and surrounding regions during the first millennium A.D. After almost three centuries as a Spanish colony, Guatemala won its independence in 1821. During the second half of the 20th century, it experienced a variety of military and civilian governments, as well as a 36-year guerrilla war. In 1996, the government signed a peace agreement formally ending the internal conflict, which had left more than 200,000 people dead and had created, by some estimates, about 1 million refugees.

How big is Guatemala 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 Directorate of Revenues, Panama, Superintendence of the Tax Administration.


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