Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Philippines instead of Sri Lanka, you would:

Health

live 7.5 years less


In Sri Lanka, the average life expectancy is 78 years (74 years for men, 81 years for women) as of 2020. In Philippines, that number is 70 years (66 years for men, 74 years for women) as of 2020.

be 23.1% more likely to be obese


In Sri Lanka, 5.2% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Philippines, that number is 6.4% of people as of 2016.

Economy

make 34.9% less money


Sri Lanka has a GDP per capita of $12,900 as of 2017, while in Philippines, the GDP per capita is $8,400 as of 2017.

be 29.5% more likely to be unemployed


In Sri Lanka, 4.4% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Philippines, that number is 5.7% as of 2017.

be 3.2 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In Sri Lanka, 6.7% live below the poverty line as of 2012. In Philippines, however, that number is 21.6% as of 2017.

pay a 2.1 times higher top tax rate


Sri Lanka has a top tax rate of 15.0% as of 2016. In Philippines, the top tax rate is 32.0% as of 2016.

Life

have 61.3% more children


In Sri Lanka, there are approximately 14.2 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Philippines, there are 22.9 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

be 3.4 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Sri Lanka, approximately 36.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Philippines, 121.0 women do as of 2017.

be 2.6 times more likely to die during infancy


In Sri Lanka, approximately 7.8 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Philippines, on the other hand, 20.0 children do as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 76.0% more likely to have internet access


In Sri Lanka, approximately 34.1% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Philippines, about 60.0% do as of 2018.

Geography

see 27.1 times more coastline


Sri Lanka has a total of 1,340 km of coastline. In Philippines, that number is 36,289 km.

Philippines: At a glance

Philippines is a sovereign country in East/Southeast Asia, with a total land area of approximately 298,170 sq km. The Philippine Islands became a Spanish colony during the 16th century; they were ceded to the US in 1898 following the Spanish-American War. In 1935 the Philippines became a self-governing commonwealth. Manuel QUEZON was elected president and was tasked with preparing the country for independence after a 10-year transition. In 1942 the islands fell under Japanese occupation during World War II, and US forces and Filipinos fought together during 1944-45 to regain control. On 4 July 1946 the Republic of the Philippines attained its independence. A 20-year rule by Ferdinand MARCOS ended in 1986, when a "people power" movement in Manila ("EDSA 1") forced him into exile and installed Corazon AQUINO as president. Her presidency was hampered by several coup attempts that prevented a return to full political stability and economic development. Fidel RAMOS was elected president in 1992. His administration was marked by increased stability and by progress on economic reforms. In 1992, the US closed its last military bases on the islands. Joseph ESTRADA was elected president in 1998. He was succeeded by his vice-president, Gloria MACAPAGAL-ARROYO, in January 2001 after ESTRADA's stormy impeachment trial on corruption charges broke down and another "people power" movement ("EDSA 2") demanded his resignation. MACAPAGAL-ARROYO was elected to a six-year term as president in May 2004. Her presidency was marred by several corruption allegations but the Philippine economy was one of the few to avoid contraction following the 2008 global financial crisis, expanding each year of her administration. Benigno AQUINO III was elected to a six-year term as president in May 2010. The Philippine Government faces threats from several groups, some of which are on the US Government's Foreign Terrorist Organization list. Manila has waged a decades-long struggle against ethnic Moro insurgencies in the southern Philippines, which has led to a peace accord with the Moro National Liberation Front and ongoing peace talks with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. The decades-long Maoist-inspired New People's Army insurgency also operates through much of the country. The Philippines faces increased tension with China over disputed territorial and maritime claims in the South China Sea.

How big is Philippines 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, Bureau of Internal Revenue, Sri Lanka Inland Revenue Department.

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