Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 1.3 years less


In Paraguay, the average life expectancy is 78 years (75 years for men, 81 years for women) as of 2020. In Colombia, that number is 77 years (74 years for men, 80 years for women) as of 2020.

Economy

make 12.5% more money


Paraguay has a GDP per capita of $12,800 as of 2017, while in Colombia, the GDP per capita is $14,400 as of 2017.

be 63.2% more likely to be unemployed


In Paraguay, 5.7% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Colombia, that number is 9.3% as of 2017.

be 26.1% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In Paraguay, 22.2% live below the poverty line as of 2015. In Colombia, however, that number is 28.0% as of 2017.

Life

be 27.2% less likely to die during infancy


In Paraguay, approximately 16.9 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Colombia, on the other hand, 12.3 children do as of 2020.

Expenditures

spend 32.4% more on education


Paraguay spends 3.4% of its total GDP on education as of 2016. Colombia spends 4.5% of total GDP on education as of 2017.

Colombia: At a glance

Colombia is a sovereign country in South America, with a total land area of approximately 1,038,700 sq km. Colombia was one of the three countries that emerged from the collapse of Gran Colombia in 1830 (the others are Ecuador and Venezuela). A nearly five-decade long conflict between government forces and anti-government insurgent groups, principally the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) heavily funded by the drug trade, escalated during the 1990s. More than 31,000 former paramilitaries had demobilized by the end of 2006 and the United Self Defense Forces of Colombia as a formal organization had ceased to function. In the wake of the paramilitary demobilization, emerging criminal groups arose, whose members include some former paramilitaries. The insurgents lack the military or popular support necessary to overthrow the government, but continue attacks against civilians. Large areas of the countryside are under guerrilla influence or are contested by security forces. In November 2012, the Colombian Government started formal peace negotiations with the FARC aimed at reaching a definitive bilateral ceasefire and incorporating demobilized FARC members into mainstream society and politics. The Colombian Government has stepped up efforts to reassert government control throughout the country, and now has a presence in every one of its administrative departments. Despite decades of internal conflict and drug related security challenges, Colombia maintains relatively strong democratic institutions characterized by peaceful, transparent elections and the protection of civil liberties.

How big is Colombia 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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