Quality of Life Comparison


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


live 5.5 years less

In Paraguay, the average life expectancy is 78 years (75 years for men, 81 years for women) as of 2020. In Guatemala, that number is 72 years (70 years for men, 74 years for women) as of 2020.


be 59.6% less likely to be unemployed

In Paraguay, 5.7% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Guatemala, that number is 2.3% as of 2017.

make 35.9% less money

Paraguay has a GDP per capita of $12,800 as of 2017, while in Guatemala, the GDP per capita is $8,200 as of 2017.

be 2.7 times more likely to live below the poverty line

In Paraguay, 22.2% live below the poverty line as of 2015. In Guatemala, however, that number is 59.3% as of 2014.


have 40.4% more children

In Paraguay, there are approximately 16.6 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Guatemala, there are 23.3 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

be 13.3% less likely to be literate

In Paraguay, the literacy rate is 94.0% as of 2018. In Guatemala, it is 81.5% as of 2015.

be 29.0% more likely to die during infancy

In Paraguay, approximately 16.9 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Guatemala, on the other hand, 21.8 children do as of 2020.


spend 17.6% less on education

Paraguay spends 3.4% of its total GDP on education as of 2016. Guatemala spends 2.8% of total GDP on education as of 2017.

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 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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