Quality of Life Comparison


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


live 4.1 years longer

In Philippines, the average life expectancy is 69 years (66 years for men, 73 years for women). In Nicaragua, that number is 74 years (71 years for men, 76 years for women).

be 3.7 times more likely to be obese

In Philippines, 6.4% of adults are obese. In Nicaragua, that number is 23.7% of people.


make 30.1% less money

Philippines has a GDP per capita of $8,300, while in Nicaragua, the GDP per capita is $5,800.

be 14.0% more likely to be unemployed

In Philippines, 5.7% of adults are unemployed. In Nicaragua, that number is 6.5%.

be 37.0% more likely to be live below the poverty line

In Philippines, 21.6% live below the poverty line. In Nicaragua, however, that number is 29.6%.


be 14.5% less likely to die during infancy

In Philippines, approximately 21.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Nicaragua, on the other hand, 18.3 children do.

be 31.6% more likely to die during childbirth

In Philippines, approximately 114.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Nicaragua, 150.0 women do.

be 14.0% less likely to be literate

In Philippines, the literacy rate is 96.3%. In Nicaragua, it is 82.8%.

have 25.3% fewer children

In Philippines, there are approximately 23.7 babies per 1,000 people. In Nicaragua, there are 17.7 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 11.4% less likely to have access to electricity

In Philippines, 88% of people have electricity access (94% in urban areas, and 82% in rural areas). In Nicaragua, that number is 78% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 43% in rural areas).

be 55.7% less likely to have internet access

In Philippines, approximately 55.5% of the population has internet access. In Nicaragua, about 24.6% do.


spend 66.7% more on education

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

spend 91.5% more on healthcare

Philippines spends 4.7% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Nicaragua, that number is 9.0% of GDP.


see 97.5% less coastline

Philippines has a total of 36,289 km of coastline. In Nicaragua, that number is 910 km.

Nicaragua: At a glance

Nicaragua is a sovereign country in Central America/Caribbean, with a total land area of approximately 119,990 sq km. The Pacific coast of Nicaragua was settled as a Spanish colony from Panama in the early 16th century. Independence from Spain was declared in 1821 and the country became an independent republic in 1838. Britain occupied the Caribbean Coast in the first half of the 19th century, but gradually ceded control of the region in subsequent decades. Violent opposition to governmental manipulation and corruption spread to all classes by 1978 and resulted in a short-lived civil war that brought the Marxist Sandinista guerrillas to power in 1979. Nicaraguan aid to leftist rebels in El Salvador caused the US to sponsor anti-Sandinista contra guerrillas through much of the 1980s. After losing free and fair elections in 1990, 1996, and 2001, former Sandinista President Daniel ORTEGA Saavedra was elected president in 2006 and reelected in 2011. The 2008 municipal elections, 2010 regional elections, 2011 presidential elections, 2012 municipal elections, and 2013 regional elections were marred by widespread irregularities. Nicaragua's infrastructure and economy - hard hit by the earlier civil war and by Hurricane Mitch in 1998 - are slowly being rebuilt, but democratic institutions have been weakened under the ORTEGA administration.

How big is Nicaragua 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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