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

Health

live 3.5 years longer

In Republic of the Congo, the average life expectancy is 61 years (60 years for men, 63 years for women) as of 2020. In Botswana, that number is 65 years (63 years for men, 67 years for women) as of 2020.

be 7.8 times more likely to be living with HIV/AIDS

In Republic of the Congo, 2.6% of people are living with AIDS/HIV as of 2018. In Botswana, that number is 20.3% of people as of 2018.

be 96.9% more likely to be obese

In Republic of the Congo, 9.6% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Botswana, that number is 18.9% of people as of 2016.

Economy

make 2.5 times more money

Republic of the Congo has a GDP per capita of $6,800 as of 2017, while in Botswana, the GDP per capita is $17,000 as of 2017.

be 44.4% less likely to be unemployed

In Republic of the Congo, 36.0% of adults are unemployed as of 2014. In Botswana, that number is 20.0% as of 2013.

be 58.5% less likely to live below the poverty line

In Republic of the Congo, 46.5% live below the poverty line as of 2011. In Botswana, however, that number is 19.3% as of 2009.

Life

be 61.9% less likely to die during childbirth

In Republic of the Congo, approximately 378.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Botswana, 144.0 women do as of 2017.

be 10.2% more likely to be literate

In Republic of the Congo, the literacy rate is 80.3% as of 2018. In Botswana, it is 88.5% as of 2015.

be 47.1% less likely to die during infancy

In Republic of the Congo, approximately 50.7 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Botswana, on the other hand, 26.8 children do as of 2020.

have 35.9% fewer children

In Republic of the Congo, there are approximately 32.6 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Botswana, there are 20.9 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 5.4 times more likely to have internet access

In Republic of the Congo, approximately 8.7% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Botswana, about 47.0% do as of 2018.

be 15.8% more likely to have access to improved drinking water

In Republic of the Congo, approximately 84% of people have improved drinking water access (98% in urban areas, and 56% in rural areas) as of 2017. In Botswana, that number is 97% of people on average (98% in urban areas, and 94% in rural areas) as of 2017.

Expenditures

spend 2.1 times more on education

Republic of the Congo spends 4.6% of its total GDP on education as of 2015. Botswana spends 9.6% of total GDP on education as of 2009.


The statistics above were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook.

Botswana: At a glance

Botswana is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 566,730 sq km. Formerly the British protectorate of Bechuanaland, Botswana adopted its new name upon independence in 1966. More than four decades of uninterrupted civilian leadership, progressive social policies, and significant capital investment have created one of the most stable economies in Africa. Mineral extraction, principally diamond mining, dominates economic activity, though tourism is a growing sector due to the country's conservation practices and extensive nature preserves. Botswana has one of the world's highest known rates of HIV/AIDS infection, but also one of Africa's most progressive and comprehensive programs for dealing with the disease.
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