Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Colombia instead of Philippines, you would:

Health

live 6.5 years longer


In Philippines, the average life expectancy is 69 years (66 years for men, 73 years for women). In Colombia, that number is 76 years (73 years for men, 79 years for women).

be 3.5 times more likely to be obese


In Philippines, 6.4% of adults are obese. In Colombia, that number is 22.3% of people.

Economy

make 74.7% more money


Philippines has a GDP per capita of $8,300, while in Colombia, the GDP per capita is $14,500.

be 84.2% more likely to be unemployed


In Philippines, 5.7% of adults are unemployed. In Colombia, that number is 10.5%.

be 29.6% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In Philippines, 21.6% live below the poverty line. In Colombia, however, that number is 28.0%.

Life

be 43.9% less likely to die during childbirth


In Philippines, approximately 114.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Colombia, 64.0 women do.

be 36.4% less likely to die during infancy


In Philippines, approximately 21.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Colombia, on the other hand, 13.6 children do.

have 32.1% less children


In Philippines, there are approximately 23.7 babies per 1,000 people. In Colombia, there are 16.1 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 10.2% more likely to have access to electricity


In Philippines, 88% of people have electricity access (94% in urban areas, and 82% in rural areas). In Colombia, that number is 97% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 88% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 66.7% more on education


Philippines spends 2.7% of its total GDP on education. Colombia spends 4.5% of total GDP on education.

spend 53.2% more on healthcare


Philippines spends 4.7% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Colombia, that number is 7.2% of GDP.

Geography

see 91.2% less coastline


Philippines has a total of 36,289 km of coastline. In Colombia, that number is 3,208 km.

Colombia: At a glance

Colombia is a sovereign country in South America, with a total land area of approximately 1,038,700 sq km. Colombia was one of the three countries that emerged from the collapse of Gran Colombia in 1830 (the others are Ecuador and Venezuela). A nearly five-decade long conflict between government forces and anti-government insurgent groups, principally the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) heavily funded by the drug trade, escalated during the 1990s. More than 31,000 former paramilitaries had demobilized by the end of 2006 and the United Self Defense Forces of Colombia as a formal organization had ceased to function. In the wake of the paramilitary demobilization, emerging criminal groups arose, whose members include some former paramilitaries. The insurgents lack the military or popular support necessary to overthrow the government, but continue attacks against civilians. Large areas of the countryside are under guerrilla influence or are contested by security forces. In November 2012, the Colombian Government started formal peace negotiations with the FARC aimed at reaching a definitive bilateral ceasefire and incorporating demobilized FARC members into mainstream society and politics. The Colombian Government has stepped up efforts to reassert government control throughout the country, and now has a presence in every one of its administrative departments. Despite decades of internal conflict and drug related security challenges, Colombia maintains relatively strong democratic institutions characterized by peaceful, transparent elections and the protection of civil liberties.

How big is Colombia compared to Philippines? 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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