Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 2.8 times more likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Paraguay, 0.5% of people are living with AIDS/HIV as of 2018. In Suriname, that number is 1.4% of people as of 2018.

live 4.6 years less


In Paraguay, the average life expectancy is 78 years (75 years for men, 81 years for women) as of 2020. In Suriname, that number is 73 years (71 years for men, 76 years for women) as of 2020.

be 30.0% more likely to be obese


In Paraguay, 20.3% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Suriname, that number is 26.4% of people as of 2016.

Economy

make 16.4% more money


Paraguay has a GDP per capita of $12,800 as of 2017, while in Suriname, the GDP per capita is $14,900 as of 2017.

be 56.1% more likely to be unemployed


In Paraguay, 5.7% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Suriname, that number is 8.9% as of 2017.

be 3.2 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In Paraguay, 22.2% live below the poverty line as of 2015. In Suriname, however, that number is 70.0% as of 2002.

Life

be 42.9% more likely to die during childbirth


In Paraguay, approximately 84.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Suriname, 120.0 women do as of 2017.

be 30.8% more likely to die during infancy


In Paraguay, approximately 16.9 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Suriname, on the other hand, 22.1 children do as of 2020.

have 10.2% fewer children


In Paraguay, there are approximately 16.6 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Suriname, there are 14.9 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 11.4% 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 Suriname, that number is 87% of people on average (96% in urban areas, and 69% in rural areas) as of 2016.

be 24.7% less likely to have internet access


In Paraguay, approximately 65.0% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Suriname, about 49.0% do as of 2018.

Suriname: At a glance

Suriname is a sovereign country in South America, with a total land area of approximately 156,000 sq km. First explored by the Spaniards in the 16th century and then settled by the English in the mid-17th century, Suriname became a Dutch colony in 1667. With the abolition of African slavery in 1863, workers were brought in from India and Java. Independence from the Netherlands was granted in 1975. Five years later the civilian government was replaced by a military regime that soon declared a socialist republic. It continued to exert control through a succession of nominally civilian administrations until 1987, when international pressure finally forced a democratic election. In 1990, the military overthrew the civilian leadership, but a democratically elected government - a four-party coalition - returned to power in 1991. The coalition expanded to eight parties in 2005 and ruled until August 2010, when voters returned former military leader Desire BOUTERSE and his opposition coalition to power.

How big is Suriname 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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