Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Yemen 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 Yemen, that number is 0.1% of people.

live 2.1 years longer


In South Africa, the average life expectancy is 64 years (62 years for men, 65 years for women). In Yemen, that number is 66 years (64 years for men, 68 years for women).

be 39.6% less likely to be obese


In South Africa, 28.3% of adults are obese. In Yemen, that number is 17.1% of people.

Economy

spend 66.7% less on taxes


South Africa has a top tax rate of 45.0%. In Yemen, the top tax rate is 15.0%.

make 90.4% less money


South Africa has a GDP per capita of $13,500, while in Yemen, the GDP per capita is $1,300.

be 3.3 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In South Africa, 16.6% live below the poverty line. In Yemen, however, that number is 54.0%.

Life

have 40.6% more children


In South Africa, there are approximately 20.2 babies per 1,000 people. In Yemen, there are 28.4 babies per 1,000 people.

be 2.8 times more likely to die during childbirth


In South Africa, approximately 138.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Yemen, 385.0 women do.

be 25.7% less likely to be literate


In South Africa, the literacy rate is 94.4%. In Yemen, it is 70.1%.

be 48.4% more likely to die during infancy


In South Africa, approximately 31.0 children die before they reach the age of one. In Yemen, on the other hand, 46.0 children do.

Basic Needs

be 43.5% 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 Yemen, that number is 48% of people on average (79% in urban areas, and 33% in rural areas).

be 54.4% less likely to have internet access


In South Africa, approximately 54.0% of the population has internet access. In Yemen, about 24.6% do.

be 41.1% less likely to have access to improved drinking water


In South Africa, approximately 93% of people have improved drinking water access (100% in urban areas, and 81% in rural areas). In Yemen, that number is 55% of people on average (72% in urban areas, and 46% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 22.0% less on education


South Africa spends 5.9% of its total GDP on education. Yemen spends 4.6% of total GDP on education.

spend 36.4% less on healthcare


South Africa spends 8.8% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Yemen, that number is 5.6% of GDP.

Geography

see 31.9% less coastline


South Africa has a total of 2,798 km of coastline. In Yemen, that number is 1,906 km.

Yemen: At a glance

Yemen is a sovereign country in Middle East, with a total land area of approximately 527,968 sq km. North Yemen became independent of the Ottoman Empire in 1918. The British, who had set up a protectorate area around the southern port of Aden in the 19th century, withdrew in 1967 from what became South Yemen. Three years later, the southern government adopted a Marxist orientation. The massive exodus of hundreds of thousands of Yemenis from the south to the north contributed to two decades of hostility between the states. The two countries were formally unified as the Republic of Yemen in 1990. A southern secessionist movement and brief civil war in 1994 was quickly subdued. In 2000, Saudi Arabia and Yemen agreed to a delimitation of their border. Fighting in the northwest between the government and the Huthis, a Zaydi Shia minority, began in 2004 and has since resulted in six rounds of fighting - the last ended in early 2010 with a cease-fire that continues to hold. The southern secessionist movement was revitalized in 2008 when a popular socioeconomic protest movement initiated the prior year took on political goals including secession. Public rallies in Sana'a against then President SALIH - inspired by similar demonstrations in Tunisia and Egypt - slowly built momentum starting in late January 2011 fueled by complaints over high unemployment, poor economic conditions, and corruption. By the following month, some protests had resulted in violence, and the demonstrations had spread to other major cities. By March the opposition had hardened its demands and was unifying behind calls for SALIH's immediate ouster, and prominent military and tribal leaders began defecting from SALIH's camp. The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) in late April 2011, in an attempt to mediate the crisis in Yemen, proposed an agreement in which the president would step down in exchange for immunity from prosecution. SALIH's refusal to sign an agreement led to heavy street fighting and his injury in an explosion in June 2011. The UN Security Council passed Resolution 2014 in October 2011 calling on both sides to end the violence and complete a power transfer deal. In late November 2011, SALIH signed the GCC-brokered agreement to step down and to transfer some of his powers to Vice President Abd Rabuh Mansur HADI. Following elections in February 2012, won by HADI, SALIH formally transferred his powers. In accordance with the GCC initiative, Yemen launched a National Dialogue in March 2013 to discuss key constitutional, political, and social issues. HADI concluded the National Dialogue in January 2014. Subsequent steps in the transition process include constitutional drafting, a constitutional referendum, and national elections.

How big is Yemen compared to South Africa? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: Yemen Tax Authority, The World Factbook, South African Revenue Service.

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