Quality of Life Comparison


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


be 96.8% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS

In Congo, Republic of the, 3.1% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Saudi Arabia, that number is 0.1% of people.

live 15.7 years longer

In Congo, Republic of the, the average life expectancy is 60 years (59 years for men, 61 years for women). In Saudi Arabia, that number is 76 years (73 years for men, 78 years for women).

be 3.7 times more likely to be obese

In Congo, Republic of the, 9.6% of adults are obese. In Saudi Arabia, that number is 35.4% of people.


make 8.3 times more money

Congo, Republic of the has a GDP per capita of $6,600, while in Saudi Arabia, the GDP per capita is $54,800.

be 83.9% less likely to be unemployed

In Congo, Republic of the, 36.0% of adults are unemployed. In Saudi Arabia, that number is 5.8%.


be 97.3% less likely to die during childbirth

In Congo, Republic of the, approximately 442.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Saudi Arabia, 12.0 women do.

be 19.4% more likely to be literate

In Congo, Republic of the, the literacy rate is 79.3%. In Saudi Arabia, it is 94.7%.

be 76.0% less likely to die during infancy

In Congo, Republic of the, approximately 54.9 children die before they reach the age of one. In Saudi Arabia, on the other hand, 13.2 children do.

have 46.8% fewer children

In Congo, Republic of the, there are approximately 34.4 babies per 1,000 people. In Saudi Arabia, there are 18.3 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 2.3 times more likely to have access to electricity

In Congo, Republic of the, 42% of people have electricity access (62% in urban areas, and 5% in rural areas). In Saudi Arabia, that number is 98% of people on average (99% in urban areas, and 93% in rural areas).

be 9.7 times more likely to have internet access

In Congo, Republic of the, approximately 7.6% of the population has internet access. In Saudi Arabia, about 73.8% do.

be 26.8% more likely to have access to improved drinking water

In Congo, Republic of the, approximately 76% of people have improved drinking water access (96% in urban areas, and 40% in rural areas). In Saudi Arabia, that number is 97% of people on average (97% in urban areas, and 97% in rural areas).


spend 17.7% less on education

Congo, Republic of the spends 6.2% of its total GDP on education. Saudi Arabia spends 5.1% of total GDP on education.


see 15.6 times more coastline

Congo, Republic of the has a total of 169 km of coastline. In Saudi Arabia, that number is 2,640 km.

Saudi Arabia: At a glance

Saudi Arabia is a sovereign country in Middle East, with a total land area of approximately 2,149,690 sq km. Saudi Arabia is the birthplace of Islam and home to Islam's two holiest shrines in Mecca and Medina. The king's official title is the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques. The modern Saudi state was founded in 1932 by ABD AL-AZIZ bin Abd al-Rahman Al SAUD (Ibn Saud) after a 30-year campaign to unify most of the Arabian Peninsula. One of his male descendants rules the country today, as required by the country's 1992 Basic Law. King ABDALLAH bin Abd al-Aziz ascended to the throne in 2005. Following Iraq's invasion of Kuwait in 1990, Saudi Arabia accepted the Kuwaiti royal family and 400,000 refugees while allowing Western and Arab troops to deploy on its soil for the liberation of Kuwait the following year. The continuing presence of foreign troops on Saudi soil after the liberation of Kuwait became a source of tension between the royal family and the public until all operational US troops left the country in 2003. Major terrorist attacks in May and November 2003 spurred a strong on-going campaign against domestic terrorism and extremism. King ABDALLAH since 2005 has worked to incrementally modernize the Kingdom - driven by personal ideology and political pragmatism - through a series of social and economic initiatives, including expanding employment and social opportunities for women, attracting foreign investment, increasing the role of the private sector in the economy, and discouraging businesses from hiring foreign workers. The Arab Spring inspired protests - increasing in number since 2011 but usually small in size - over primarily domestic issues among Saudi Arabia's majority Sunni population. Riyadh has taken a cautious but firm approach by arresting some protesters but releasing most of them quickly, and by using its state-sponsored clerics to counter political and Islamist activism. In addition, Saudi Arabia has seen protests among the Shia populace in the Eastern Province, who have protested primarily against the detention of political prisoners, endemic discrimination, and Bahraini and Saudi Government actions in Bahrain. Protests are met by a strong police presence, with some arrests, but not the level of bloodshed seen in protests elsewhere in the region. In response to the unrest, King ABDALLAH in February and March 2011 announced a series of benefits to Saudi citizens including funds to build affordable housing, salary increases for government workers, and unemployment entitlements. To promote increased political participation, the government held elections nationwide in September 2011 for half the members of 285 municipal councils - a body that holds little influence in the Saudi Government. Also in September, the king announced that women will be allowed to run for and vote in future municipal elections - first held in 2005 - and serve as full members of the advisory Consultative Council. The country remains a leading producer of oil and natural gas and holds about 17% of the world's proven oil reserves. The government continues to pursue economic reform and diversification, particularly since Saudi Arabia's accession to the WTO in 2005, and promotes foreign investment in the kingdom. A burgeoning population, aquifer depletion, and an economy largely dependent on petroleum output and prices are ongoing governmental concerns.

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The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook.


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