Quality of Life Comparison


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


be 35.6% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS

In South Africa, 18.8% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Namibia, that number is 12.1% of people.

be 39.2% less likely to be obese

In South Africa, 28.3% of adults are obese. In Namibia, that number is 17.2% of people.


spend 17.8% less on taxes

South Africa has a top tax rate of 45.0%. In Namibia, the top tax rate is 37.0%.

make 16.3% less money

South Africa has a GDP per capita of $13,500, while in Namibia, the GDP per capita is $11,300.

be 23.2% more likely to be unemployed

In South Africa, 27.6% of adults are unemployed. In Namibia, that number is 34.0%.

be 72.9% more likely to be live below the poverty line

In South Africa, 16.6% live below the poverty line. In Namibia, however, that number is 28.7%.


have 35.1% more children

In South Africa, there are approximately 20.2 babies per 1,000 people. In Namibia, there are 27.3 babies per 1,000 people.

be 92.0% more likely to die during childbirth

In South Africa, approximately 138.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Namibia, 265.0 women do.

be 13.2% less likely to be literate

In South Africa, the literacy rate is 94.4%. In Namibia, it is 81.9%.

be 13.2% more likely to die during infancy

In South Africa, approximately 31.0 children die before they reach the age of one. In Namibia, on the other hand, 35.1 children do.

Basic Needs

be 62.4% less 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 Namibia, that number is 32% of people on average (50% in urban areas, and 17% in rural areas).

be 42.6% less likely to have internet access

In South Africa, approximately 54.0% of the population has internet access. In Namibia, about 31.0% do.


spend 40.7% more on education

South Africa spends 5.9% of its total GDP on education. Namibia spends 8.3% of total GDP on education.


see 43.8% less coastline

South Africa has a total of 2,798 km of coastline. In Namibia, that number is 1,572 km.

Namibia: At a glance

Namibia is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 823,290 sq km. South Africa occupied the German colony of South-West Africa during World War I and administered it as a mandate until after World War II, when it annexed the territory. In 1966 the Marxist South-West Africa People's Organization (SWAPO) guerrilla group launched a war of independence for the area that became Namibia, but it was not until 1988 that South Africa agreed to end its administration in accordance with a UN peace plan for the entire region. Namibia has been governed by SWAPO since the country won independence in 1990. Hifikepunye POHAMBA was elected president in November 2004 in a landslide victory replacing Sam NUJOMA who led the country during its first 14 years of self rule. POHAMBA was reelected in November 2009.

How big is Namibia 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, South African Revenue Service, Inland Revenue Department.


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