Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Bahrain instead of South Africa, you would:

Health

be 99.5% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In South Africa, 18.8% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Bahrain, that number is 0.1% of people.

live 15.2 years longer


In South Africa, the average life expectancy is 64 years (62 years for men, 65 years for women). In Bahrain, that number is 79 years (77 years for men, 81 years for women).

Economy

make 3.6 times more money


South Africa has a GDP per capita of $13,500, while in Bahrain, the GDP per capita is $48,500.

be 86.2% less likely to be unemployed


In South Africa, 27.6% of adults are unemployed. In Bahrain, that number is 3.8%.

Life

be 89.1% less likely to die during childbirth


In South Africa, approximately 138.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Bahrain, 15.0 women do.

be 71.3% less likely to die during infancy


In South Africa, approximately 31.0 children die before they reach the age of one. In Bahrain, on the other hand, 8.9 children do.

have 34.2% fewer children


In South Africa, there are approximately 20.2 babies per 1,000 people. In Bahrain, there are 13.3 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 15.3% more likely to have access to electricity


In South Africa, 85% of people have electricity access (90% in urban areas, and 77% in rural areas). In Bahrain, that number is 98% of people on average (98% in urban areas, and 93% in rural areas).

be 81.5% more likely to have internet access


In South Africa, approximately 54.0% of the population has internet access. In Bahrain, about 98.0% do.

Expenditures

spend 54.2% less on education


South Africa spends 5.9% of its total GDP on education. Bahrain spends 2.7% of total GDP on education.

spend 43.2% less on healthcare


South Africa spends 8.8% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Bahrain, that number is 5.0% of GDP.

Geography

see 94.2% less coastline


South Africa has a total of 2,798 km of coastline. In Bahrain, that number is 161 km.

Bahrain: At a glance

Bahrain is a sovereign country in Middle East, with a total land area of approximately 760 sq km. In 1783, the Sunni Al-Khalifa family took power in Bahrain. In order to secure these holdings, it entered into a series of treaties with the UK during the 19th century that made Bahrain a British protectorate. The archipelago attained its independence in 1971. Facing declining oil reserves, Bahrain has turned to petroleum processing and refining and has become an international banking center. Bahrain's small size and central location among Gulf countries require it to play a delicate balancing act in foreign affairs among its larger neighbors. The Sunni-led government has struggled to manage relations with its large Shia-majority population. In early 2011, amid Arab uprisings elsewhere in the region, the Bahraini Government confronted similar protests at home with police and military action, including deploying Gulf Cooperation Council security forces to Bahrain. Sporadic clashes between demonstrators and security forces continue in Bahrain. Ongoing dissatisfaction with the political status quo has led to a broader discussion termed the Bahrain National Dialogue, a process that convenes members of the executive, parliament, and political societies in an attempt to reach a political agreement.

How big is Bahrain compared to South Africa? 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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