Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 3.8 years longer


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

be 39.6% less likely to be obese


In Congo, Republic of the, 9.6% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Rwanda, that number is 5.8% of people as of 2016.

Economy

be 92.5% less likely to be unemployed


In Congo, Republic of the, 36.0% of adults are unemployed as of 2014. In Rwanda, that number is 2.7% as of 2014.

be 15.9% 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 Rwanda, however, that number is 39.1% as of 2015.

make 69.1% less money


Congo, Republic of the has a GDP per capita of $6,800 as of 2017, while in Rwanda, the GDP per capita is $2,100 as of 2017.

Life

be 34.4% less likely to die during childbirth


In Congo, Republic of the, approximately 378.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Rwanda, 248.0 women do as of 2017.

be 44.8% less 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 Rwanda, on the other hand, 28.0 children do as of 2020.

have 14.4% fewer children


In Congo, Republic of the, there are approximately 32.6 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Rwanda, there are 27.9 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 2.5 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 Rwanda, about 21.8% do as of 2018.

be 24.0% 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 Rwanda, that number is 43% of people on average (69% in urban areas, and 37% in rural areas) as of 2017.

Expenditures

spend 32.6% less on education


Congo, Republic of the spends 4.6% of its total GDP on education as of 2015. Rwanda spends 3.1% of total GDP on education as of 2018.

Rwanda: At a glance

Rwanda is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 24,668 sq km. In 1959, three years before independence from Belgium, the majority ethnic group, the Hutus, overthrew the ruling Tutsi king. Over the next several years, thousands of Tutsis were killed, and some 150,000 driven into exile in neighboring countries. The children of these exiles later formed a rebel group, the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF), and began a civil war in 1990. The war, along with several political and economic upheavals, exacerbated ethnic tensions, culminating in April 1994 in a state-orchestrated genocide, in which Rwandans killed up to a million of their fellow citizens, including approximately three-quarters of the Tutsi population. The genocide ended later that same year when the predominantly Tutsi RPF, operating out of Uganda and northern Rwanda, defeated the national army and Hutu militias, and established an RPF-led government of national unity. Approximately 2 million Hutu refugees - many fearing Tutsi retribution - fled to neighboring Burundi, Tanzania, Uganda, and former Zaire. Since then, most of the refugees have returned to Rwanda, but several thousand remained in the neighboring Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC, the former Zaire) and formed an extremist insurgency bent on retaking Rwanda, much as the RPF did in 1990. Rwanda held its first local elections in 1999 and its first post-genocide presidential and legislative elections in 2003. Rwanda in 2009 staged a joint military operation with the Congolese Army in DRC to rout out the Hutu extremist insurgency there, and Kigali and Kinshasa restored diplomatic relations. Rwanda also joined the Commonwealth in late 2009. In January 2013, Rwanda assumed a nonpermanent seat on the UN Security Council for the 2013-14 term.

How big is Rwanda 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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