Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Burkina Faso instead of Saudi Arabia, you would:

Health

be 84.2% less likely to be obese


In Saudi Arabia, 35.4% of adults are obese. In Burkina Faso, that number is 5.6% of people.

live 19.6 years less


In Saudi Arabia, the average life expectancy is 76 years (73 years for men, 78 years for women). In Burkina Faso, that number is 56 years (54 years for men, 58 years for women).

Economy

make 96.5% less money


Saudi Arabia has a GDP per capita of $54,800, while in Burkina Faso, the GDP per capita is $1,900.

be 13.3 times more likely to be unemployed


In Saudi Arabia, 5.8% of adults are unemployed. In Burkina Faso, that number is 77.0%.

Life

be 62.0% less likely to be literate


In Saudi Arabia, the literacy rate is 94.7%. In Burkina Faso, it is 36.0%.

have 2.3 times more children


In Saudi Arabia, there are approximately 18.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Burkina Faso, there are 41.2 babies per 1,000 people.

be 30.9 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Saudi Arabia, approximately 12.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Burkina Faso, 371.0 women do.

be 5.5 times more likely to die during infancy


In Saudi Arabia, approximately 13.2 children die before they reach the age of one. In Burkina Faso, on the other hand, 72.2 children do.

Basic Needs

be 82.7% less likely to have access to electricity


In Saudi Arabia, 98% of people have electricity access (99% in urban areas, and 93% in rural areas). In Burkina Faso, that number is 17% of people on average (56% in urban areas, and 1% in rural areas).

be 81.0% less likely to have internet access


In Saudi Arabia, approximately 73.8% of the population has internet access. In Burkina Faso, about 14.0% do.

be 15.2% less likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Saudi Arabia, approximately 97% of people have improved drinking water access (97% in urban areas, and 97% in rural areas). In Burkina Faso, that number is 82% of people on average (98% in urban areas, and 76% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 17.6% less on education


Saudi Arabia spends 5.1% of its total GDP on education. Burkina Faso spends 4.2% of total GDP on education.

Burkina Faso: At a glance

Burkina Faso is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 273,800 sq km. Burkina Faso (formerly Upper Volta) achieved independence from France in 1960. Repeated military coups during the 1970s and 1980s were followed by multiparty elections in the early 1990s. Current President Blaise COMPAORE came to power in a 1987 military coup and has won every election since then. There have been increasing protests over the belief that the president may try to run for a currently unconstitutional third term in the 2015 presidential elections. Burkina Faso's high population growth and limited natural resources result in poor economic prospects for the majority of its citizens.

How big is Burkina Faso compared to Saudi Arabia? 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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