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


live 5.8 years longer

In Peru, the average life expectancy is 69 years (65 years for men, 73 years for women) as of 2022. In Bangladesh, that number is 75 years (73 years for men, 77 years for women) as of 2022.

be 81.7% less likely to be obese

In Peru, 19.7% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Bangladesh, that number is 3.6% of people as of 2016.


be 32.0% less likely to live below the poverty line

In Peru, 27.5% live below the poverty line as of 2022. In Bangladesh, however, that number is 18.7% as of 2022.

make 50.4% less money

Peru has a GDP per capita of $12,700 as of 2022, while in Bangladesh, the GDP per capita is $6,300 as of 2022.

be 10.9% more likely to be unemployed

In Peru, 3.9% of adults are unemployed as of 2022. In Bangladesh, that number is 4.3% as of 2022.


be 78.3% more likely to die during childbirth

In Peru, approximately 69.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2020. In Bangladesh, 123.0 women do as of 2020.

be 20.7% less likely to be literate

In Peru, the literacy rate is 94.5% as of 2020. In Bangladesh, it is 74.9% as of 2020.

be 2.8 times more likely to die during infancy

In Peru, approximately 10.8 children (per 1,000 live births) die before they reach the age of one as of 2022. In Bangladesh, on the other hand, 30.4 children do as of 2022.

Basic Needs

be 45.1% less likely to have internet access

In Peru, approximately 71.0% of the population has internet access as of 2021. In Bangladesh, about 39.0% do as of 2021.


spend 47.5% less on education

Peru spends 4.0% of its total GDP on education as of 2021. Bangladesh spends 2.1% of total GDP on education as of 2021.

spend 58.7% less on healthcare

Peru spends 6.3% of its total GDP on healthcare as of 2020. In Bangladesh, that number is 2.6% of GDP as of 2020.


see 76.0% less coastline

Peru has a total of 2,414 km of coastline. In Bangladesh, that number is 580 km.

The statistics above were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook.

Bangladesh: At a glance

Bangladesh is a sovereign country in South Asia, with a total land area of approximately 130,170 sq km. Muslim conversions and settlement in the region now referred to as Bangladesh began in the 10th century, primarily from Arab and Persian traders and preachers. Europeans began to set up trading posts in the area in the 16th century. Eventually the area known as Bengal, primarily Hindu in the western section and mostly Muslim in the eastern half, became part of British India. Partition in 1947 resulted in an eastern wing of Pakistan in the Muslim-majority area, which became East Pakistan. Calls for greater autonomy and animosity between the eastern and western wings of Pakistan led to a Bengali independence movement. That movement, led by the Awami League (AL) and supported by India, won independence for Bangladesh in a brief war in 1971, during which at least 300,000 civilians died. The post-independence, AL government faced daunting challenges and in 1975 was overthrown by the military, triggering a series of military coups that resulted in a military-backed government and subsequent creation of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP). That government also ended in a coup in 1981, followed by military-backed rule until democratic elections in 1991. The BNP and AL have alternately held power since then, with the exception of a military-backed, emergency caretaker regime that suspended parliamentary elections planned for January 2007 in an effort to reform the political system and root out corruption. That government returned the country to fully democratic rule in December 2008 with the election of the AL and Prime Minister Sheikh HASINA. In January 2014, the AL won the national election by an overwhelming majority after the BNP boycotted, extending HASINA's term as prime minister. With the help of international development assistance, Bangladesh has made great progress in food security since independence, and the economy has grown at an average of about 6 percent over the last two decades.
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