Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Bangladesh instead of Paraguay, you would:

Health

be 82.3% less likely to be obese


In Paraguay, 20.3% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Bangladesh, that number is 3.6% of people as of 2016.

live 3.7 years less


In Paraguay, the average life expectancy is 78 years (75 years for men, 81 years for women) as of 2020. In Bangladesh, that number is 74 years (72 years for men, 76 years for women) as of 2020.

Economy

be 22.8% less likely to be unemployed


In Paraguay, 5.7% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Bangladesh, that number is 4.4% as of 2017.

make 67.2% less money


Paraguay has a GDP per capita of $12,800 as of 2017, while in Bangladesh, the GDP per capita is $4,200 as of 2017.

Life

be 2.1 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Paraguay, approximately 84.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Bangladesh, 173.0 women do as of 2017.

be 21.4% less likely to be literate


In Paraguay, the literacy rate is 94.0% as of 2018. In Bangladesh, it is 73.9% as of 2018.

be 67.5% more likely to die during infancy


In Paraguay, approximately 16.9 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Bangladesh, on the other hand, 28.3 children do as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 22.9% less likely to have access to electricity


In Paraguay, approximately 98% of people have electricity access (100% in urban areas, and 96% in rural areas) as of 2016. In Bangladesh, that number is 76% of people on average (94% in urban areas, and 69% in rural areas) as of 2013.

be 76.9% less likely to have internet access


In Paraguay, approximately 65.0% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Bangladesh, about 15.0% do as of 2018.

Expenditures

spend 41.2% less on education


Paraguay spends 3.4% of its total GDP on education as of 2016. Bangladesh spends 2.0% of total GDP on education as of 2018.

Bangladesh: At a glance

Bangladesh is a sovereign country in South Asia, with a total land area of approximately 130,170 sq km. Muslim conversions and settlement in the region now referred to as Bangladesh began in the 10th century, primarily from Arab and Persian traders and preachers. Europeans began to set up trading posts in the area in the 16th century. Eventually the area known as Bengal, primarily Hindu in the western section and mostly Muslim in the eastern half, became part of British India. Partition in 1947 resulted in an eastern wing of Pakistan in the Muslim-majority area, which became East Pakistan. Calls for greater autonomy and animosity between the eastern and western wings of Pakistan led to a Bengali independence movement. That movement, led by the Awami League (AL) and supported by India, won independence for Bangladesh in a brief war in 1971, during which at least 300,000 civilians died. The post-independence, AL government faced daunting challenges and in 1975 was overthrown by the military, triggering a series of military coups that resulted in a military-backed government and subsequent creation of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP). That government also ended in a coup in 1981, followed by military-backed rule until democratic elections in 1991. The BNP and AL have alternately held power since then, with the exception of a military-backed, emergency caretaker regime that suspended parliamentary elections planned for January 2007 in an effort to reform the political system and root out corruption. That government returned the country to fully democratic rule in December 2008 with the election of the AL and Prime Minister Sheikh HASINA. In January 2014, the AL won the national election by an overwhelming majority after the BNP boycotted, extending HASINA's term as prime minister. With the help of international development assistance, Bangladesh has made great progress in food security since independence, and the economy has grown at an average of about 6 percent over the last two decades.

How big is Bangladesh compared to Paraguay? 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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