Quality of Life Comparison


If you lived in Cabo Verde instead of Sri Lanka, you would:


live 4.5 years less

In Sri Lanka, the average life expectancy is 77 years (74 years for men, 81 years for women). In Cabo Verde, that number is 72 years (70 years for men, 75 years for women).

be 2.3 times more likely to be obese

In Sri Lanka, 5.2% of adults are obese. In Cabo Verde, that number is 11.8% of people.


make 46.1% less money

Sri Lanka has a GDP per capita of $12,800, while in Cabo Verde, the GDP per capita is $6,900.

be 100.0% more likely to be unemployed

In Sri Lanka, 4.5% of adults are unemployed. In Cabo Verde, that number is 9.0%.

be 4.5 times more likely to live below the poverty line

In Sri Lanka, 6.7% live below the poverty line. In Cabo Verde, however, that number is 30.0%.


have 31.6% more children

In Sri Lanka, there are approximately 15.2 babies per 1,000 people. In Cabo Verde, there are 20.0 babies per 1,000 people.

be 40.0% more likely to die during childbirth

In Sri Lanka, approximately 30.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Cabo Verde, 42.0 women do.

be 2.6 times more likely to die during infancy

In Sri Lanka, approximately 8.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Cabo Verde, on the other hand, 21.9 children do.

Basic Needs

be 50.2% more likely to have internet access

In Sri Lanka, approximately 32.1% of the population has internet access. In Cabo Verde, about 48.2% do.

be 24.9% less likely to have access to electricity

In Sri Lanka, 94% of people have electricity access (99% in urban areas, and 93% in rural areas). In Cabo Verde, that number is 71% of people on average (84% in urban areas, and 47% in rural areas).


spend 54.3% more on education

Sri Lanka spends 3.5% of its total GDP on education. Cabo Verde spends 5.4% of total GDP on education.

spend 37.1% more on healthcare

Sri Lanka spends 3.5% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Cabo Verde, that number is 4.8% of GDP.


see 28.0% less coastline

Sri Lanka has a total of 1,340 km of coastline. In Cabo Verde, that number is 965 km.

Cabo Verde: At a glance

Cabo Verde is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 4,033 sq km. The uninhabited islands were discovered and colonized by the Portuguese in the 15th century; Cabo Verde subsequently became a trading center for African slaves and later an important coaling and resupply stop for whaling and transatlantic shipping. Following independence in 1975, and a tentative interest in unification with Guinea-Bissau, a one-party system was established and maintained until multi-party elections were held in 1990. Cabo Verde continues to exhibit one of Africa's most stable democratic governments. Repeated droughts during the second half of the 20th century caused significant hardship and prompted heavy emigration. As a result, Cabo Verde's expatriate population is greater than its domestic one. Most Cabo Verdeans have both African and Portuguese antecedents.

How big is Cabo Verde compared to Sri Lanka? 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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