Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 37.4% more likely to be obese


In Paraguay, 20.3% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Uruguay, that number is 27.9% of people as of 2016.

Economy

make 75.0% more money


Paraguay has a GDP per capita of $12,800 as of 2017, while in Uruguay, the GDP per capita is $22,400 as of 2017.

be 56.3% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Paraguay, 22.2% live below the poverty line as of 2015. In Uruguay, however, that number is 9.7% as of 2015.

be 33.3% more likely to be unemployed


In Paraguay, 5.7% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Uruguay, that number is 7.6% as of 2017.

Life

be 79.8% less likely to die during childbirth


In Paraguay, approximately 84.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Uruguay, 17.0 women do as of 2017.

be 53.8% less likely to die during infancy


In Paraguay, approximately 16.9 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Uruguay, on the other hand, 7.8 children do as of 2020.

have 22.3% fewer children


In Paraguay, there are approximately 16.6 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Uruguay, there are 12.9 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Expenditures

spend 44.1% more on education


Paraguay spends 3.4% of its total GDP on education as of 2016. Uruguay spends 4.9% of total GDP on education as of 2017.

Uruguay: At a glance

Uruguay is a sovereign country in South America, with a total land area of approximately 175,015 sq km. Montevideo, founded by the Spanish in 1726 as a military stronghold, soon took advantage of its natural harbor to become an important commercial center. Claimed by Argentina but annexed by Brazil in 1821, Uruguay declared its independence four years later and secured its freedom in 1828 after a three-year struggle. The administrations of President Jose BATLLE in the early 20th century launched widespread political, social, and economic reforms that established a statist tradition. A violent Marxist urban guerrilla movement named the Tupamaros, launched in the late 1960s, led Uruguay's president to cede control of the government to the military in 1973. By yearend, the rebels had been crushed, but the military continued to expand its hold over the government. Civilian rule was not restored until 1985. In 2004, the left-of-center Frente Amplio Coalition won national elections that effectively ended 170 years of political control previously held by the Colorado and Blanco parties. Uruguay's political and labor conditions are among the freest on the continent.

How big is Uruguay 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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