Quality of Life Comparison


If you lived in Guyana instead of Singapore, you would:


be 8.5 times more likely to be living with HIV/AIDS

In Singapore, 0.2% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Guyana, that number is 1.7% of people.

live 16.6 years less

In Singapore, the average life expectancy is 85 years (83 years for men, 88 years for women). In Guyana, that number is 69 years (66 years for men, 72 years for women).

be 3.3 times more likely to be obese

In Singapore, 6.1% of adults are obese. In Guyana, that number is 20.2% of people.


make 91.3% less money

Singapore has a GDP per capita of $93,900, while in Guyana, the GDP per capita is $8,200.

be 5.0 times more likely to be unemployed

In Singapore, 2.2% of adults are unemployed. In Guyana, that number is 11.1%.


have 79.1% more children

In Singapore, there are approximately 8.6 babies per 1,000 people. In Guyana, there are 15.4 babies per 1,000 people.

be 22.9 times more likely to die during childbirth

In Singapore, approximately 10.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Guyana, 229.0 women do.

be 12.7 times more likely to die during infancy

In Singapore, approximately 2.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Guyana, on the other hand, 30.4 children do.

Basic Needs

be 21.0% less likely to have access to electricity

In Singapore, 100% of the population has electricity access. In Guyana, 79% of the population do.

be 55.9% less likely to have internet access

In Singapore, approximately 81.0% of the population has internet access. In Guyana, about 35.7% do.


spend 10.3% more on education

Singapore spends 2.9% of its total GDP on education. Guyana spends 3.2% of total GDP on education.


see 2.4 times more coastline

Singapore has a total of 193 km of coastline. In Guyana, that number is 459 km.

Guyana: At a glance

Guyana is a sovereign country in South America, with a total land area of approximately 196,849 sq km. Originally a Dutch colony in the 17th century, by 1815 Guyana had become a British possession. The abolition of slavery led to settlement of urban areas by former slaves and the importation of indentured servants from India to work the sugar plantations. The resulting ethnocultural divide has persisted and has led to turbulent politics. Guyana achieved independence from the UK in 1966, and since then it has been ruled mostly by socialist-oriented governments. In 1992, Cheddi JAGAN was elected president in what is considered the country's first free and fair election since independence. After his death five years later, his wife, Janet JAGAN, became president but resigned in 1999 due to poor health. Her successor, Bharrat JAGDEO, was reelected in 2001 and again in 2006. Donald RAMOTAR was elected president in 2011.

How big is Guyana compared to Singapore? 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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