Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Timor-Leste instead of Congo, Republic of the, you would:

Health

live 8.0 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 Timor-Leste, that number is 69 years (68 years for men, 71 years for women) as of 2020.

be 60.4% less likely to be obese


In Congo, Republic of the, 9.6% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Timor-Leste, that number is 3.8% of people as of 2016.

Economy

be 87.8% less likely to be unemployed


In Congo, Republic of the, 36.0% of adults are unemployed as of 2014. In Timor-Leste, that number is 4.4% as of 2014.

be 10.1% 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 Timor-Leste, however, that number is 41.8% as of 2014.

make 11.8% less money


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

Life

be 62.4% 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 Timor-Leste, 142.0 women do as of 2017.

be 37.5% 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 Timor-Leste, on the other hand, 31.7 children do as of 2020.

be 15.2% less likely to be literate


In Congo, Republic of the, the literacy rate is 80.3% as of 2018. In Timor-Leste, it is 68.1% as of 2018.

Basic Needs

be 12.0% 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 Timor-Leste, that number is 63% of people on average (92% in urban areas, and 49% in rural areas) as of 2016.

be 3.2 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 Timor-Leste, about 27.5% do as of 2018.

Expenditures

spend 17.4% less on education


Congo, Republic of the spends 4.6% of its total GDP on education as of 2015. Timor-Leste spends 3.8% of total GDP on education as of 2017.

Geography

see 4.2 times more coastline


Congo, Republic of the has a total of 169 km of coastline. In Timor-Leste, that number is 706 km.

Timor-Leste: At a glance

Timor-Leste is a sovereign country in East/Southeast Asia, with a total land area of approximately 14,874 sq km. The Portuguese began to trade with the island of Timor in the early 16th century and colonized it in mid-century. Skirmishing with the Dutch in the region eventually resulted in an 1859 treaty in which Portugal ceded the western portion of the island. Imperial Japan occupied Portuguese Timor from 1942 to 1945, but Portugal resumed colonial authority after the Japanese defeat in World War II. East Timor declared itself independent from Portugal on 28 November 1975 and was invaded and occupied by Indonesian forces nine days later. It was incorporated into Indonesia in July 1976 as the province of Timor Timur (East Timor). An unsuccessful campaign of pacification followed over the next two decades, during which an estimated 100,000 to 250,000 individuals lost their lives. On 30 August 1999, in a UN-supervised popular referendum, an overwhelming majority of the people of Timor-Leste voted for independence from Indonesia. However, in the next three weeks, anti-independence Timorese militias - organized and supported by the Indonesian military - commenced a large-scale, scorched-earth campaign of retribution. The militias killed approximately 1,400 Timorese and forcibly pushed 300,000 people into western Timor as refugees. Most of the country's infrastructure, including homes, irrigation systems, water supply systems, and schools, and nearly 100% of the country's electrical grid were destroyed. On 20 September 1999, Australian-led peacekeeping troops deployed to the country and brought the violence to an end. On 20 May 2002, Timor-Leste was internationally recognized as an independent state. In 2006, internal tensions threatened the new nation's security when a military strike led to violence and a breakdown of law and order. At Dili's request, an Australian-led International Stabilization Force (ISF) deployed to Timor-Leste, and the UN Security Council established the UN Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT), which included an authorized police presence of over 1,600 personnel. The ISF and UNMIT restored stability, allowing for presidential and parliamentary elections in 2007 in a largely peaceful atmosphere. In February 2008, a rebel group staged an unsuccessful attack against the president and prime minister. The ringleader was killed in the attack, and most of the rebels surrendered in April 2008. Since the attack, the government has enjoyed one of its longest periods of post-independence stability, including successful 2012 elections for both the parliament and president. In late 2012, the UN Security Council voted to end its peacekeeping mission in Timor-Leste and both the ISF and UNMIT departed the country by the end of the year.

How big is Timor-Leste 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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