Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 23.5% less likely to be obese


In Suriname, 26.4% of adults are obese. In Guyana, that number is 20.2% of people.

be 30.8% more likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Suriname, 1.3% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Guyana, that number is 1.7% of people.

live 3.9 years less


In Suriname, the average life expectancy is 72 years (70 years for men, 75 years for women). In Guyana, that number is 69 years (66 years for men, 72 years for women).

Economy

be 50.0% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Suriname, 70.0% live below the poverty line. In Guyana, however, that number is 35.0%.

make 43.8% less money


Suriname has a GDP per capita of $14,600, while in Guyana, the GDP per capita is $8,200.

be 22.0% more likely to be unemployed


In Suriname, 9.1% of adults are unemployed. In Guyana, that number is 11.1%.

Life

be 47.7% more likely to die during childbirth


In Suriname, approximately 155.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Guyana, 229.0 women do.

be 24.1% more likely to die during infancy


In Suriname, approximately 24.5 children die before they reach the age of one. In Guyana, on the other hand, 30.4 children do.

Basic Needs

be 21.0% less likely to have access to electricity


In Suriname, 100% of the population has electricity access. In Guyana, 79% of the population do.

be 21.4% less likely to have internet access


In Suriname, approximately 45.4% of the population has internet access. In Guyana, about 35.7% do.

Geography

see 18.9% more coastline


Suriname has a total of 386 km of coastline. In Guyana, that number is 459 km.

Guyana: At a glance

Guyana is a sovereign country in South America, with a total land area of approximately 196,849 sq km. Originally a Dutch colony in the 17th century, by 1815 Guyana had become a British possession. The abolition of slavery led to settlement of urban areas by former slaves and the importation of indentured servants from India to work the sugar plantations. The resulting ethnocultural divide has persisted and has led to turbulent politics. Guyana achieved independence from the UK in 1966, and since then it has been ruled mostly by socialist-oriented governments. In 1992, Cheddi JAGAN was elected president in what is considered the country's first free and fair election since independence. After his death five years later, his wife, Janet JAGAN, became president but resigned in 1999 due to poor health. Her successor, Bharrat JAGDEO, was reelected in 2001 and again in 2006. Donald RAMOTAR was elected president in 2011.

How big is Guyana compared to Suriname? 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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