Quality of Life Comparison


If you lived in Pakistan instead of Sudan, you would:


live 3.7 years longer

In Sudan, the average life expectancy is 64 years (62 years for men, 67 years for women). In Pakistan, that number is 68 years (66 years for men, 70 years for women).

be 30.3% more likely to be obese

In Sudan, 6.6% of adults are obese. In Pakistan, that number is 8.6% of people.


make 17.4% more money

Sudan has a GDP per capita of $4,600, while in Pakistan, the GDP per capita is $5,400.

be 69.4% less likely to be unemployed

In Sudan, 19.6% of adults are unemployed. In Pakistan, that number is 6.0%.

spend 33.3% more on taxes

Sudan has a top tax rate of 15.0%. In Pakistan, the top tax rate is 20.0%.


be 42.8% less likely to die during childbirth

In Sudan, approximately 311.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Pakistan, 178.0 women do.

be 23.7% less likely to be literate

In Sudan, the literacy rate is 75.9%. In Pakistan, it is 57.9%.

have 21.5% fewer children

In Sudan, there are approximately 27.9 babies per 1,000 people. In Pakistan, there are 21.9 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 2.1 times more likely to have access to electricity

In Sudan, 35% of people have electricity access (63% in urban areas, and 21% in rural areas). In Pakistan, that number is 73% of people on average (91% in urban areas, and 62% in rural areas).

be 64.7% more likely to have access to improved drinking water

In Sudan, approximately 56% of people have improved drinking water access (66% in urban areas, and 50% in rural areas). In Pakistan, that number is 91% of people on average (94% in urban areas, and 90% in rural areas).

be 44.6% less likely to have internet access

In Sudan, approximately 28.0% of the population has internet access. In Pakistan, about 15.5% do.


spend 69.0% less on healthcare

Sudan spends 8.4% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Pakistan, that number is 2.6% of GDP.

spend 27.3% more on education

Sudan spends 2.2% of its total GDP on education. Pakistan spends 2.8% of total GDP on education.


see 22.6% more coastline

Sudan has a total of 853 km of coastline. In Pakistan, that number is 1,046 km.

Pakistan: At a glance

Pakistan is a sovereign country in South Asia, with a total land area of approximately 770,875 sq km. The Indus Valley civilization, one of the oldest in the world and dating back at least 5,000 years, spread over much of what is presently Pakistan. During the second millennium B.C., remnants of this culture fused with the migrating Indo-Aryan peoples. The area underwent successive invasions in subsequent centuries from the Persians, Greeks, Scythians, Arabs (who brought Islam), Afghans, and Turks. The Mughal Empire flourished in the 16th and 17th centuries; the British came to dominate the region in the 18th century. The separation in 1947 of British India into the Muslim state of Pakistan (with West and East sections) and largely Hindu India was never satisfactorily resolved, and India and Pakistan fought two wars - in 1947-48 and 1965 - over the disputed Kashmir territory. A third war between these countries in 1971 - in which India capitalized on Islamabad's marginalization of Bengalis in Pakistani politics - resulted in East Pakistan becoming the separate nation of Bangladesh. In response to Indian nuclear weapons testing, Pakistan conducted its own tests in 1998. India-Pakistan relations have been rocky since the November 2008 Mumbai attacks, but both countries are taking small steps to put relations back on track. In February 2008, Pakistan held parliamentary elections and in September 2008, after the resignation of former President MUSHARRAF, elected Asif Ali ZARDARI to the presidency. Pakistani government and military leaders are struggling to control domestic insurgents, many of whom are located in the tribal areas adjacent to the border with Afghanistan.

How big is Pakistan compared to Sudan? See an in-depth size comparison.

The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Federal Board of Revenue, Government of Pakistan, Sudan Chamber of Taxation.


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