Quality of Life Comparison


If you lived in Cambodia instead of Suriname, you would:


be 61.5% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS

In Suriname, 1.3% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Cambodia, that number is 0.5% of people.

be 85.2% less likely to be obese

In Suriname, 26.4% of adults are obese. In Cambodia, that number is 3.9% of people.

live 7.6 years less

In Suriname, the average life expectancy is 72 years (70 years for men, 75 years for women). In Cambodia, that number is 65 years (62 years for men, 68 years for women).


be 96.7% less likely to be unemployed

In Suriname, 9.1% of adults are unemployed. In Cambodia, that number is 0.3%.

be 76.4% less likely to be live below the poverty line

In Suriname, 70.0% live below the poverty line. In Cambodia, however, that number is 16.5%.

spend 47.4% less on taxes

Suriname has a top tax rate of 38.0%. In Cambodia, the top tax rate is 20.0%.

make 72.6% less money

Suriname has a GDP per capita of $14,600, while in Cambodia, the GDP per capita is $4,000.


have 45.6% more children

In Suriname, there are approximately 15.8 babies per 1,000 people. In Cambodia, there are 23.0 babies per 1,000 people.

be 19.2% less likely to be literate

In Suriname, the literacy rate is 95.6%. In Cambodia, it is 77.2%.

be 93.5% more likely to die during infancy

In Suriname, approximately 24.5 children die before they reach the age of one. In Cambodia, on the other hand, 47.4 children do.

Basic Needs

be 66.0% less likely to have access to electricity

In Suriname, 100% of the population has electricity access. In Cambodia, 34% of the population do.

be 43.6% less likely to have internet access

In Suriname, approximately 45.4% of the population has internet access. In Cambodia, about 25.6% do.

be 20.4% less likely to have access to improved drinking water

In Suriname, approximately 95% of people have improved drinking water access (98% in urban areas, and 88% in rural areas). In Cambodia, that number is 76% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 69% in rural areas).


see 14.8% more coastline

Suriname has a total of 386 km of coastline. In Cambodia, that number is 443 km.

Cambodia: At a glance

Cambodia is a sovereign country in East/Southeast Asia, with a total land area of approximately 176,515 sq km. Most Cambodians consider themselves to be Khmers, descendants of the Angkor Empire that extended over much of Southeast Asia and reached its zenith between the 10th and 13th centuries. Attacks by the Thai and Cham (from present-day Vietnam) weakened the empire, ushering in a long period of decline. The king placed the country under French protection in 1863, and it became part of French Indochina in 1887. Following Japanese occupation in World War II, Cambodia gained full independence from France in 1953. In April 1975, after a five-year struggle, communist Khmer Rouge forces captured Phnom Penh and evacuated all cities and towns. At least 1.5 million Cambodians died from execution, forced hardships, or starvation during the Khmer Rouge regime under POL POT. A December 1978 Vietnamese invasion drove the Khmer Rouge into the countryside, began a 10-year Vietnamese occupation, and touched off almost 13 years of civil war. The 1991 Paris Peace Accords mandated democratic elections and a ceasefire, which was not fully respected by the Khmer Rouge. UN-sponsored elections in 1993 helped restore some semblance of normalcy under a coalition government. Factional fighting in 1997 ended the first coalition government, but a second round of national elections in 1998 led to the formation of another coalition government and renewed political stability. The remaining elements of the Khmer Rouge surrendered in early 1999. Some of the surviving Khmer Rouge leaders have been tried or are awaiting trial for crimes against humanity by a hybrid UN-Cambodian tribunal supported by international assistance. Elections in July 2003 were relatively peaceful, but it took one year of negotiations between contending political parties before a coalition government was formed. In October 2004, King Norodom SIHANOUK abdicated the throne and his son, Prince Norodom SIHAMONI, was selected to succeed him. Local elections were held in Cambodia in April 2007, with little of the pre-election violence that preceded prior elections. National elections in July 2008 were relatively peaceful, as were commune council elections in June 2012.

How big is Cambodia compared to Suriname? See an in-depth size comparison.

The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Ministry of Finance, General Department of Taxation.


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