Quality of Life Comparison


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


live 9.4 years longer

In Suriname, the average life expectancy is 72 years (70 years for men, 75 years for women). In Canada, that number is 82 years (79 years for men, 85 years for women).

be 11.4% more likely to be obese

In Suriname, 26.4% of adults are obese. In Canada, that number is 29.4% of people.


make 3.3 times more money

Suriname has a GDP per capita of $14,600, while in Canada, the GDP per capita is $48,300.

be 28.6% less likely to be unemployed

In Suriname, 9.1% of adults are unemployed. In Canada, that number is 6.5%.

be 86.6% less likely to be live below the poverty line

In Suriname, 70.0% live below the poverty line. In Canada, however, that number is 9.4%.

spend 13.2% less on taxes

Suriname has a top tax rate of 38.0%. In Canada, the top tax rate is 33.0%.


be 95.5% less likely to die during childbirth

In Suriname, approximately 155.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Canada, 7.0 women do.

be 81.6% less likely to die during infancy

In Suriname, approximately 24.5 children die before they reach the age of one. In Canada, on the other hand, 4.5 children do.

have 34.8% fewer children

In Suriname, there are approximately 15.8 babies per 1,000 people. In Canada, there are 10.3 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 97.8% more likely to have internet access

In Suriname, approximately 45.4% of the population has internet access. In Canada, about 89.8% do.


spend 82.5% more on healthcare

Suriname spends 5.7% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Canada, that number is 10.4% of GDP.


see 523.5 times more coastline

Suriname has a total of 386 km of coastline. In Canada, that number is 202,080 km.

Canada: At a glance

Canada is a sovereign country in North America, with a total land area of approximately 9,093,507 sq km. A land of vast distances and rich natural resources, Canada became a self-governing dominion in 1867 while retaining ties to the British crown. Economically and technologically, the nation has developed in parallel with the US, its neighbor to the south across the world's longest unfortified border. Canada faces the political challenges of meeting public demands for quality improvements in health care, education, social services, and economic competitiveness, as well as responding to the particular concerns of predominantly francophone Quebec. Canada also aims to develop its diverse energy resources while maintaining its commitment to the environment.

How big is Canada 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, Canada Revenue Agency.


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