Quality of Life Comparison


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


live 1.4 years less

In Peru, the average life expectancy is 74 years (72 years for men, 76 years for women). In Guatemala, that number is 73 years (71 years for men, 75 years for women).


be 65.7% less likely to be unemployed

In Peru, 6.7% of adults are unemployed. In Guatemala, that number is 2.3%.

spend 76.7% less on taxes

Peru has a top tax rate of 30.0%. In Guatemala, the top tax rate is 7.0%.

make 39.1% less money

Peru has a GDP per capita of $13,300, while in Guatemala, the GDP per capita is $8,100.

be 2.6 times more likely to live below the poverty line

In Peru, 22.7% live below the poverty line. In Guatemala, however, that number is 59.3%.


have 35.4% more children

In Peru, there are approximately 17.8 babies per 1,000 people. In Guatemala, there are 24.1 babies per 1,000 people.

be 29.4% more likely to die during childbirth

In Peru, approximately 68.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Guatemala, 88.0 women do.

be 13.5% less likely to be literate

In Peru, the literacy rate is 94.2%. In Guatemala, it is 81.5%.

be 15.8% more likely to die during infancy

In Peru, approximately 18.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Guatemala, on the other hand, 21.3 children do.

Basic Needs

be 14.3% less likely to have access to electricity

In Peru, 91% of people have electricity access (98% in urban areas, and 73% in rural areas). In Guatemala, that number is 78% of people on average (85% in urban areas, and 72% in rural areas).

be 24.2% less likely to have internet access

In Peru, approximately 45.5% of the population has internet access. In Guatemala, about 34.5% do.


spend 26.3% less on education

Peru spends 3.8% of its total GDP on education. Guatemala spends 2.8% of total GDP on education.

spend 12.7% more on healthcare

Peru spends 5.5% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Guatemala, that number is 6.2% of GDP.


see 83.4% less coastline

Peru has a total of 2,414 km of coastline. In Guatemala, that number is 400 km.

Guatemala: At a glance

Guatemala is a sovereign country in Central America/Caribbean, with a total land area of approximately 107,159 sq km. The Maya civilization flourished in Guatemala and surrounding regions during the first millennium A.D. After almost three centuries as a Spanish colony, Guatemala won its independence in 1821. During the second half of the 20th century, it experienced a variety of military and civilian governments, as well as a 36-year guerrilla war. In 1996, the government signed a peace agreement formally ending the internal conflict, which had left more than 200,000 people dead and had created, by some estimates, about 1 million refugees.

How big is Guatemala 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, Superintendence of the Tax Administration.


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