Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Guinea-Bissau instead of South Africa, you would:

Health

be 82.8% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In South Africa, 20.4% of people are living with AIDS/HIV as of 2018. In Guinea-Bissau, that number is 3.5% of people as of 2018.

be 66.4% less likely to be obese


In South Africa, 28.3% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Guinea-Bissau, that number is 9.5% of people as of 2016.

live 2.0 years less


In South Africa, the average life expectancy is 65 years (63 years for men, 66 years for women) as of 2020. In Guinea-Bissau, that number is 63 years (61 years for men, 65 years for women) as of 2020.

Economy

make 86.0% less money


South Africa has a GDP per capita of $13,600 as of 2017, while in Guinea-Bissau, the GDP per capita is $1,900 as of 2017.

be 4.0 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In South Africa, 16.6% live below the poverty line as of 2016. In Guinea-Bissau, however, that number is 67.0% as of 2015.

Life

have 92.2% more children


In South Africa, there are approximately 19.2 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Guinea-Bissau, there are 36.9 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

be 5.6 times more likely to die during childbirth


In South Africa, approximately 119.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Guinea-Bissau, 667.0 women do as of 2017.

be 31.1% less likely to be literate


In South Africa, the literacy rate is 87.0% as of 2017. In Guinea-Bissau, it is 59.9% as of 2015.

be 86.7% more likely to die during infancy


In South Africa, approximately 27.8 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Guinea-Bissau, on the other hand, 51.9 children do as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 82.5% less likely to have access to electricity


In South Africa, approximately 84% of people have electricity access (93% in urban areas, and 68% in rural areas) as of 2017. In Guinea-Bissau, that number is 15% of people on average (30% in urban areas, and 4% in rural areas) as of 2017.

be 93.0% less likely to have internet access


In South Africa, approximately 56.2% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Guinea-Bissau, about 3.9% do as of 2018.

be 23.0% less likely to have access to improved drinking water


In South Africa, approximately 96% of people have improved drinking water access (99% in urban areas, and 87% in rural areas) as of 2017. In Guinea-Bissau, that number is 74% of people on average (91% in urban areas, and 60% in rural areas) as of 2017.

Expenditures

spend 66.1% less on education


South Africa spends 6.2% of its total GDP on education as of 2018. Guinea-Bissau spends 2.1% of total GDP on education as of 2013.

Geography

see 87.5% less coastline


South Africa has a total of 2,798 km of coastline. In Guinea-Bissau, that number is 350 km.

Guinea-Bissau: At a glance

Guinea-Bissau is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 28,120 sq km. Since independence from Portugal in 1974, Guinea-Bissau has experienced considerable political and military upheaval. In 1980, a military coup established authoritarian dictator Joao Bernardo 'Nino' VIEIRA as president. Despite setting a path to a market economy and multiparty system, VIEIRA's regime was characterized by the suppression of political opposition and the purging of political rivals. Several coup attempts through the 1980s and early 1990s failed to unseat him. In 1994 VIEIRA was elected president in the country's first free elections. A military mutiny and resulting civil war in 1998 eventually led to VIEIRA's ouster in May 1999. In February 2000, a transitional government turned over power to opposition leader Kumba YALA after he was elected president in transparent polling. In September 2003, after only three years in office, YALA was overthrown in a bloodless military coup, and businessman Henrique ROSA was sworn in as interim president. In 2005, former President VIEIRA was re-elected president pledging to pursue economic development and national reconciliation; he was assassinated in March 2009. Malam Bacai SANHA was elected in an emergency election held in June 2009, but he passed away in January 2012 from an existing illness. A military coup in April 2012 prevented Guinea-Bissau's second-round presidential election - to determine SANHA's successor - from taking place.

How big is Guinea-Bissau 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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