Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Benin instead of Congo, Republic of the, you would:

Health

be 61.5% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Congo, Republic of the, 2.6% of people are living with AIDS/HIV as of 2018. In Benin, that number is 1.0% of people as of 2018.

Economy

be 97.2% less likely to be unemployed


In Congo, Republic of the, 36.0% of adults are unemployed as of 2014. In Benin, that number is 1.0% as of 2014.

be 22.2% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Congo, Republic of the, 46.5% live below the poverty line as of 2011. In Benin, however, that number is 36.2% as of 2011.

make 66.2% less money


Congo, Republic of the has a GDP per capita of $6,800 as of 2017, while in Benin, the GDP per capita is $2,300 as of 2017.

Life

have 29.1% more children


In Congo, Republic of the, there are approximately 32.6 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Benin, there are 42.1 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

be 47.2% less likely to be literate


In Congo, Republic of the, the literacy rate is 80.3% as of 2018. In Benin, it is 42.4% as of 2018.

be 15.8% more likely to die during infancy


In Congo, Republic of the, approximately 50.7 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Benin, on the other hand, 58.7 children do as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 2.3 times more likely to have internet access


In Congo, Republic of the, approximately 8.7% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Benin, about 20.0% do as of 2018.

be 26.9% less likely to have access to electricity


In Congo, Republic of the, approximately 57% of people have electricity access (74% in urban areas, and 23% in rural areas) as of 2017. In Benin, that number is 41% of people on average (71% in urban areas, and 18% in rural areas) as of 2017.

Expenditures

spend 13.0% less on education


Congo, Republic of the spends 4.6% of its total GDP on education as of 2015. Benin spends 4.0% of total GDP on education as of 2016.

Geography

see 28.4% less coastline


Congo, Republic of the has a total of 169 km of coastline. In Benin, that number is 121 km.

Benin: At a glance

Benin is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 110,622 sq km. Present day Benin was the site of Dahomey, a West African kingdom that rose to prominence in about 1600 and over the next two and half centuries became a regional power, largely based on its slave trade. Coastal areas of Dahomey began to be controlled by the French in the second half of the 19th century; the entire kingdom was conquered by 1894. French Dahomey achieved independence in 1960; it changed its name to the Republic of Benin in 1975. A succession of military governments ended in 1972 with the rise to power of Mathieu KEREKOU and the establishment of a government based on Marxist-Leninist principles. A move to representative government began in 1989. Two years later, free elections ushered in former Prime Minister Nicephore SOGLO as president, marking the first successful transfer of power in Africa from a dictatorship to a democracy. KEREKOU was returned to power by elections held in 1996 and 2001, though some irregularities were alleged. KEREKOU stepped down at the end of his second term in 2006 and was succeeded by Thomas YAYI Boni, a political outsider and independent. YAYI, who won a second five-year term in March 2011, has attempted to stem corruption and has strongly promoted accelerating Benin's economic growth.

How big is Benin compared to Congo, Republic of the? 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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