Quality of Life Comparison


If you lived in Sri Lanka instead of Panama, you would:


be 77.1% less likely to be obese

In Panama, 22.7% of adults are obese. In Sri Lanka, that number is 5.2% of people.

live 1.9 years less

In Panama, the average life expectancy is 79 years (76 years for men, 82 years for women). In Sri Lanka, that number is 77 years (74 years for men, 81 years for women).


be 18.2% less likely to be unemployed

In Panama, 5.5% of adults are unemployed. In Sri Lanka, that number is 4.5%.

be 70.9% less likely to be live below the poverty line

In Panama, 23.0% live below the poverty line. In Sri Lanka, however, that number is 6.7%.

spend 40.0% less on taxes

Panama has a top tax rate of 25.0%. In Sri Lanka, the top tax rate is 15.0%.

make 49.6% less money

Panama has a GDP per capita of $25,400, while in Sri Lanka, the GDP per capita is $12,800.


be 68.1% less likely to die during childbirth

In Panama, approximately 94.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Sri Lanka, 30.0 women do.

be 15.2% less likely to die during infancy

In Panama, approximately 9.9 children die before they reach the age of one. In Sri Lanka, on the other hand, 8.4 children do.

have 15.1% fewer children

In Panama, there are approximately 17.9 babies per 1,000 people. In Sri Lanka, there are 15.2 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 40.6% less likely to have internet access

In Panama, approximately 54.0% of the population has internet access. In Sri Lanka, about 32.1% do.


spend 56.2% less on healthcare

Panama spends 8.0% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Sri Lanka, that number is 3.5% of GDP.


see 46.2% less coastline

Panama has a total of 2,490 km of coastline. In Sri Lanka, that number is 1,340 km.

Sri Lanka: At a glance

Sri Lanka is a sovereign country in South Asia, with a total land area of approximately 64,630 sq km. The first Sinhalese arrived in Sri Lanka late in the 6th century B.C., probably from northern India. Buddhism was introduced in about the mid-third century B.C., and a great civilization developed at the cities of Anuradhapura (kingdom from circa 200 B.C. to circa A.D. 1000) and Polonnaruwa (from about 1070 to 1200). In the 14th century, a south Indian dynasty established a Tamil kingdom in northern Sri Lanka. The coastal areas of the island were controlled by the Portuguese in the 16th century and by the Dutch in the 17th century. The island was ceded to the British in 1796, became a crown colony in 1802, and was formally united under British rule by 1815. As Ceylon, it became independent in 1948; its name was changed to Sri Lanka in 1972. Tensions between the Sinhalese majority and Tamil separatists erupted into war in 1983. After two decades of fighting, the government and Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) formalized a cease-fire in February 2002 with Norway brokering peace negotiations. Violence between the LTTE and government forces intensified in 2006, but the government regained control of the Eastern Province in 2007. By May 2009, the government announced that its military had defeated the remnants of the LTTE. Since the end of the conflict, the government has enacted an ambitious program of economic development projects, many of which are financed by loans from the Government of China. In addition to efforts to reconstruct its economy, the government has resettled more than 95% of those civilians who were displaced during the final phase of the conflict and released the vast majority of former LTTE combatants captured by Government Security Forces. At the same time, there has been little progress on more contentious and politically difficult issues such as reaching a political settlement with Tamil elected representatives and holding accountable those alleged to have been involved in human rights violations and other abuses during the conflict.

How big is Sri Lanka 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, Sri Lanka Inland Revenue Department.


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