Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Western Sahara instead of Saudi Arabia, you would:

Health

live 12.1 years less


In Saudi Arabia, the average life expectancy is 76 years (73 years for men, 78 years for women). In Western Sahara, that number is 63 years (61 years for men, 66 years for women).

Economy

make 95.4% less money


Saudi Arabia has a GDP per capita of $54,800, while in Western Sahara, the GDP per capita is $2,500.

Life

have 60.1% more children


In Saudi Arabia, there are approximately 18.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Western Sahara, there are 29.3 babies per 1,000 people.

be 3.9 times more likely to die during infancy


In Saudi Arabia, approximately 13.2 children die before they reach the age of one. In Western Sahara, on the other hand, 51.9 children do.

Geography

see 58.0% less coastline


Saudi Arabia has a total of 2,640 km of coastline. In Western Sahara, that number is 1,110 km.

Western Sahara: At a glance

Western Sahara is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 266,000 sq km. Western Sahara is a disputed territory on the northwest coast of Africa bordered by Morocco, Mauritania, and Algeria. After Spain withdrew from its former colony of Spanish Sahara in 1976, Morocco annexed the northern two-thirds of Western Sahara and claimed the rest of the territory in 1979, following Mauritania's withdrawal. A guerrilla war with the Polisario Front contesting Morocco's sovereignty ended in a 1991 cease-fire and the establishment of a UN peacekeeping operation. As part of this effort, the UN sought to offer a choice to the peoples of the Western Sahara between independence (favored by the Polisario Front) or integration into Morocco. A proposed referendum never took place due to lack of agreement on voter eligibility. The 2,700 km- (1,700 mi-) long defensive sand berm, built by the Moroccans from 1980 to 1987 and running the length of the territory, continues to separate the opposing forces with Morocco controlling the roughly 80 percent of the territory west of the berm. Local demonstrations criticizing the Moroccan authorities occur regularly, and there are periodic ethnic tensions between the native Sahrawi population and Moroccan immigrants. Morocco maintains a heavy security presence in the territory.

How big is Western Sahara 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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