Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Egypt instead of Puerto Rico, you would:

Health

live 7.6 years less


In Puerto Rico, the average life expectancy is 81 years (78 years for men, 85 years for women) as of 2020. In Egypt, that number is 74 years (72 years for men, 75 years for women) as of 2020.

Economy

pay a 31.8% lower top tax rate


Puerto Rico has a top tax rate of 33.0% as of 2016. In Egypt, the top tax rate is 22.5% as of 2016.

make 67.8% less money


Puerto Rico has a GDP per capita of $39,400 as of 2017, while in Egypt, the GDP per capita is $12,700 as of 2017.

be 13.0% more likely to be unemployed


In Puerto Rico, 10.8% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Egypt, that number is 12.2% as of 2017.

Life

have 3.4 times more children


In Puerto Rico, there are approximately 8.0 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Egypt, there are 27.2 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

be 76.2% more likely to die during childbirth


In Puerto Rico, approximately 21.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Egypt, 37.0 women do as of 2017.

be 22.9% less likely to be literate


In Puerto Rico, the literacy rate is 92.4% as of 2017. In Egypt, it is 71.2% as of 2017.

be 2.9 times more likely to die during infancy


In Puerto Rico, approximately 6.0 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Egypt, on the other hand, 17.1 children do as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 33.5% less likely to have internet access


In Puerto Rico, approximately 70.6% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Egypt, about 46.9% do as of 2018.

Geography

see 4.9 times more coastline


Puerto Rico has a total of 501 km of coastline. In Egypt, that number is 2,450 km.

Egypt: At a glance

Egypt is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 995,450 sq km. The regularity and richness of the annual Nile River flood, coupled with semi-isolation provided by deserts to the east and west, allowed for the development of one of the world's great civilizations. A unified kingdom arose circa 3200 B.C., and a series of dynasties ruled in Egypt for the next three millennia. The last native dynasty fell to the Persians in 341 B.C., who in turn were replaced by the Greeks, Romans, and Byzantines. It was the Arabs who introduced Islam and the Arabic language in the 7th century and who ruled for the next six centuries. A local military caste, the Mamluks took control about 1250 and continued to govern after the conquest of Egypt by the Ottoman Turks in 1517. Completion of the Suez Canal in 1869 elevated Egypt as an important world transportation hub. Ostensibly to protect its investments, Britain seized control of Egypt's government in 1882, but nominal allegiance to the Ottoman Empire continued until 1914. Partially independent from the UK in 1922, Egypt acquired full sovereignty from Britain in 1952. The completion of the Aswan High Dam in 1971 and the resultant Lake Nasser have altered the time-honored place of the Nile River in the agriculture and ecology of Egypt. A rapidly growing population (the largest in the Arab world), limited arable land, and dependence on the Nile all continue to overtax resources and stress society. The government has struggled to meet the demands of Egypt's population through economic reform and massive investment in communications and physical infrastructure. Inspired by the 2010 Tunisian revolution, Egyptian opposition groups led demonstrations and labor strikes countrywide, culminating in President Hosni MUBARAK's ouster. Egypt's military assumed national leadership until a new parliament was in place in early 2012; later that same year, Mohammed MORSI won the presidential election. Following often violent protests throughout the spring of 2013 against MORSI's government and the Muslim Brotherhood (MB), and massive anti-government demonstrations, the Egyptian Armed Forces (EAF) intervened and removed MORSI from power in mid-July 2013 and replaced him with interim president Adly MANSOUR. In mid-January 2014, voters approved a new constitution by referendum. Presidential elections to replace MANSOUR are scheduled for late May 2014. According to the constitution and the government's transitional road map, preparations for parliamentary elections will begin by mid-July 2014.

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The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Puerto Rican Department of Treasury, Egyptian Tax Authority.

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