Quality of Life Comparison


If you lived in Argentina instead of Peru, you would:


live 3.3 years longer

In Peru, the average life expectancy is 74 years (72 years for men, 76 years for women). In Argentina, that number is 77 years (74 years for men, 81 years for women).

be 43.7% more likely to be obese

In Peru, 19.7% of adults are obese. In Argentina, that number is 28.3% of people.


make 57.1% more money

Peru has a GDP per capita of $13,300, while in Argentina, the GDP per capita is $20,900.

be 20.9% more likely to be unemployed

In Peru, 6.7% of adults are unemployed. In Argentina, that number is 8.1%.

be 13.2% more likely to be live below the poverty line

In Peru, 22.7% live below the poverty line. In Argentina, however, that number is 25.7%.

spend 16.7% more on taxes

Peru has a top tax rate of 30.0%. In Argentina, the top tax rate is 35.0%.


be 23.5% less likely to die during childbirth

In Peru, approximately 68.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Argentina, 52.0 women do.

be 46.7% less likely to die during infancy

In Peru, approximately 18.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Argentina, on the other hand, 9.8 children do.

Basic Needs

be 54.3% more likely to have internet access

In Peru, approximately 45.5% of the population has internet access. In Argentina, about 70.2% do.

be 14.3% more likely to have access to improved drinking water

In Peru, approximately 87% of people have improved drinking water access (91% in urban areas, and 69% in rural areas). In Argentina, that number is 99% of people on average (99% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas).


spend 12.7% less on healthcare

Peru spends 5.5% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Argentina, that number is 4.8% of GDP.

spend 55.3% more on education

Peru spends 3.8% of its total GDP on education. Argentina spends 5.9% of total GDP on education.


see 2.1 times more coastline

Peru has a total of 2,414 km of coastline. In Argentina, that number is 4,989 km.

Argentina: At a glance

Argentina is a sovereign country in South America, with a total land area of approximately 2,736,690 sq km. In 1816, the United Provinces of the Rio Plata declared their independence from Spain. After Bolivia, Paraguay, and Uruguay went their separate ways, the area that remained became Argentina. The country's population and culture were heavily shaped by immigrants from throughout Europe, with Italy and Spain providing the largest percentage of newcomers from 1860 to 1930. Up until about the mid-20th century, much of Argentina's history was dominated by periods of internal political conflict between Federalists and Unitarians and between civilian and military factions. After World War II, an era of Peronist populism and direct and indirect military interference in subsequent governments was followed by a military junta that took power in 1976. Democracy returned in 1983 after a failed bid to seize the Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) by force, and has persisted despite numerous challenges, the most formidable of which was a severe economic crisis in 2001-02 that led to violent public protests and the successive resignations of several presidents. In January 2013, Argentina assumed a nonpermanent seat on the UN Security Council for the 2013-14 term.

How big is Argentina compared to Peru? See an in-depth size comparison.

The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Superintendencia Nacional de Aduanas y de Administración Tributaria, Federal Administration of Public Revenue.


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