Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 46.2% 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 Suriname, that number is 1.4% of people as of 2018.

live 12.0 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 Suriname, that number is 73 years (71 years for men, 76 years for women) as of 2020.

be 2.8 times more likely to be obese


In Congo, Republic of the, 9.6% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Suriname, that number is 26.4% of people as of 2016.

Economy

make 2.2 times more money


Congo, Republic of the has a GDP per capita of $6,800 as of 2017, while in Suriname, the GDP per capita is $14,900 as of 2017.

be 75.3% less likely to be unemployed


In Congo, Republic of the, 36.0% of adults are unemployed as of 2014. In Suriname, that number is 8.9% as of 2017.

be 50.5% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In Congo, Republic of the, 46.5% live below the poverty line as of 2011. In Suriname, however, that number is 70.0% as of 2002.

Life

be 68.3% 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 Suriname, 120.0 women do as of 2017.

be 17.6% more likely to be literate


In Congo, Republic of the, the literacy rate is 80.3% as of 2018. In Suriname, it is 94.4% as of 2018.

be 56.4% 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 Suriname, on the other hand, 22.1 children do as of 2020.

have 54.3% fewer children


In Congo, Republic of the, there are approximately 32.6 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Suriname, there are 14.9 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 54.1% more 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 Suriname, that number is 87% of people on average (96% in urban areas, and 69% in rural areas) as of 2016.

be 5.7 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 Suriname, about 49.0% do as of 2018.

be 15.4% more likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Congo, Republic of the, approximately 84% of people have improved drinking water access (98% in urban areas, and 56% in rural areas) as of 2017. In Suriname, that number is 97% of people on average (98% in urban areas, and 92% in rural areas) as of 2017.

Geography

see 2.3 times more coastline


Congo, Republic of the has a total of 169 km of coastline. In Suriname, that number is 386 km.

Suriname: At a glance

Suriname is a sovereign country in South America, with a total land area of approximately 156,000 sq km. First explored by the Spaniards in the 16th century and then settled by the English in the mid-17th century, Suriname became a Dutch colony in 1667. With the abolition of African slavery in 1863, workers were brought in from India and Java. Independence from the Netherlands was granted in 1975. Five years later the civilian government was replaced by a military regime that soon declared a socialist republic. It continued to exert control through a succession of nominally civilian administrations until 1987, when international pressure finally forced a democratic election. In 1990, the military overthrew the civilian leadership, but a democratically elected government - a four-party coalition - returned to power in 1991. The coalition expanded to eight parties in 2005 and ruled until August 2010, when voters returned former military leader Desire BOUTERSE and his opposition coalition to power.

How big is Suriname 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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