Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

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 Nicaragua, that number is 74 years (72 years for men, 77 years for women) as of 2020.

be 16.7% more likely to be obese


In Paraguay, 20.3% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Nicaragua, that number is 23.7% of people as of 2016.

Economy

make 53.9% less money


Paraguay has a GDP per capita of $12,800 as of 2017, while in Nicaragua, the GDP per capita is $5,900 as of 2017.

be 12.3% more likely to be unemployed


In Paraguay, 5.7% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Nicaragua, that number is 6.4% as of 2017.

be 33.3% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In Paraguay, 22.2% live below the poverty line as of 2015. In Nicaragua, however, that number is 29.6% as of 2015.

Life

be 2.4 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Paraguay, approximately 84.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Nicaragua, 198.0 women do as of 2017.

be 12.1% less likely to be literate


In Paraguay, the literacy rate is 94.0% as of 2018. In Nicaragua, it is 82.6% as of 2015.

Basic Needs

be 16.9% 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 Nicaragua, that number is 82% of people on average (99% in urban areas, and 57% in rural areas) as of 2016.

be 57.1% less likely to have internet access


In Paraguay, approximately 65.0% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Nicaragua, about 27.9% do as of 2018.

be 16.9% less likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Paraguay, approximately 100% of people have improved drinking water access (100% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas) as of 2017. In Nicaragua, that number is 83% of people on average (98% in urban areas, and 63% in rural areas) as of 2017.

Expenditures

spend 26.5% more on education


Paraguay spends 3.4% of its total GDP on education as of 2016. Nicaragua spends 4.3% of total GDP on education as of 2017.

Nicaragua: At a glance

Nicaragua is a sovereign country in Central America/Caribbean, with a total land area of approximately 119,990 sq km. The Pacific coast of Nicaragua was settled as a Spanish colony from Panama in the early 16th century. Independence from Spain was declared in 1821 and the country became an independent republic in 1838. Britain occupied the Caribbean Coast in the first half of the 19th century, but gradually ceded control of the region in subsequent decades. Violent opposition to governmental manipulation and corruption spread to all classes by 1978 and resulted in a short-lived civil war that brought the Marxist Sandinista guerrillas to power in 1979. Nicaraguan aid to leftist rebels in El Salvador caused the US to sponsor anti-Sandinista contra guerrillas through much of the 1980s. After losing free and fair elections in 1990, 1996, and 2001, former Sandinista President Daniel ORTEGA Saavedra was elected president in 2006 and reelected in 2011. The 2008 municipal elections, 2010 regional elections, 2011 presidential elections, 2012 municipal elections, and 2013 regional elections were marred by widespread irregularities. Nicaragua's infrastructure and economy - hard hit by the earlier civil war and by Hurricane Mitch in 1998 - are slowly being rebuilt, but democratic institutions have been weakened under the ORTEGA administration.

How big is Nicaragua 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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