Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 97.1% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In South Africa, 20.4% of people are living with AIDS/HIV as of 2018. In Uruguay, that number is 0.6% of people as of 2018.

live 13.1 years longer


In South Africa, the average life expectancy is 65 years (63 years for men, 66 years for women) as of 2020. In Uruguay, that number is 78 years (75 years for men, 81 years for women) as of 2020.

Economy

make 64.7% more money


South Africa has a GDP per capita of $13,600 as of 2017, while in Uruguay, the GDP per capita is $22,400 as of 2017.

be 72.4% less likely to be unemployed


In South Africa, 27.5% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Uruguay, that number is 7.6% as of 2017.

be 41.6% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In South Africa, 16.6% live below the poverty line as of 2016. In Uruguay, however, that number is 9.7% as of 2015.

pay a 33.3% lower top tax rate


South Africa has a top tax rate of 45.0% as of 2017. In Uruguay, the top tax rate is 30.0% as of 2016.

Life

be 85.7% less likely to die during childbirth


In South Africa, approximately 119.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Uruguay, 17.0 women do as of 2017.

be 13.4% more likely to be literate


In South Africa, the literacy rate is 87.0% as of 2017. In Uruguay, it is 98.7% as of 2018.

be 71.9% less likely to die during infancy


In South Africa, approximately 27.8 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Uruguay, on the other hand, 7.8 children do as of 2020.

have 32.8% fewer children


In South Africa, there are approximately 19.2 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Uruguay, there are 12.9 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 18.8% more likely to have access to electricity


In South Africa, approximately 84% of the population has electricity access as of 2017. In Uruguay, 100% of the population do as of 2016.

be 21.6% more likely to have internet access


In South Africa, approximately 56.2% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Uruguay, about 68.3% do as of 2018.

Expenditures

spend 21.0% less on education


South Africa spends 6.2% of its total GDP on education as of 2018. Uruguay spends 4.9% of total GDP on education as of 2017.

Geography

see 76.4% less coastline


South Africa has a total of 2,798 km of coastline. In Uruguay, that number is 660 km.

Uruguay: At a glance

Uruguay is a sovereign country in South America, with a total land area of approximately 175,015 sq km. Montevideo, founded by the Spanish in 1726 as a military stronghold, soon took advantage of its natural harbor to become an important commercial center. Claimed by Argentina but annexed by Brazil in 1821, Uruguay declared its independence four years later and secured its freedom in 1828 after a three-year struggle. The administrations of President Jose BATLLE in the early 20th century launched widespread political, social, and economic reforms that established a statist tradition. A violent Marxist urban guerrilla movement named the Tupamaros, launched in the late 1960s, led Uruguay's president to cede control of the government to the military in 1973. By yearend, the rebels had been crushed, but the military continued to expand its hold over the government. Civilian rule was not restored until 1985. In 2004, the left-of-center Frente Amplio Coalition won national elections that effectively ended 170 years of political control previously held by the Colorado and Blanco parties. Uruguay's political and labor conditions are among the freest on the continent.

How big is Uruguay 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, Dirección General Impositiva, South African Revenue Service.

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