Quality of Life Comparison


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


be 99.3% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS

In Swaziland, 27.3% of people are living with AIDS/HIV as of 2018. In Sudan, that number is 0.2% of people as of 2018.

live 7.9 years longer

In Swaziland, the average life expectancy is 59 years (56 years for men, 61 years for women) as of 2020. In Sudan, that number is 66 years (64 years for men, 69 years for women) as of 2020.

be 60.0% less likely to be obese

In Swaziland, 16.5% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Sudan, that number is 6.6% of people as of 2014.


be 30.0% less likely to be unemployed

In Swaziland, 28.0% of adults are unemployed as of 2014. In Sudan, that number is 19.6% as of 2017.

be 26.2% less likely to be live below the poverty line

In Swaziland, 63.0% live below the poverty line as of 2010. In Sudan, however, that number is 46.5% as of 2009.

pay a 54.5% lower top tax rate

Swaziland has a top tax rate of 33.0% as of 2016. In Sudan, the top tax rate is 15.0% as of 2015.

make 57.4% less money

Swaziland has a GDP per capita of $10,100 as of 2017, while in Sudan, the GDP per capita is $4,300 as of 2017.


be 32.5% less likely to die during childbirth

In Swaziland, approximately 437.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Sudan, 295.0 women do as of 2017.

have 38.0% more children

In Swaziland, there are approximately 24.5 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Sudan, there are 33.8 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

be 31.3% less likely to be literate

In Swaziland, the literacy rate is 88.4% as of 2015. In Sudan, it is 60.7% as of 2018.

Basic Needs

be 11.1% more likely to have access to improved drinking water

In Swaziland, approximately 78% of people have improved drinking water access (97% in urban areas, and 72% in rural areas) as of 2017. In Sudan, that number is 87% of people on average (99% in urban areas, and 81% in rural areas) as of 2017.

be 31.6% less likely to have access to electricity

In Swaziland, approximately 66% of people have electricity access (83% in urban areas, and 61% in rural areas) as of 2017. In Sudan, that number is 45% of people on average (71% in urban areas, and 31% in rural areas) as of 2017.

be 34.3% less likely to have internet access

In Swaziland, approximately 47.0% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Sudan, about 30.9% do as of 2018.


spend 69.0% less on education

Swaziland spends 7.1% of its total GDP on education as of 2014. Sudan spends 2.2% of total GDP on education as of 2009.

Sudan: At a glance

Sudan is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 1,731,671 sq km. Military regimes favoring Islamic-oriented governments have dominated national politics since independence from Anglo-Egyptian co rule in 1956. Sudan was embroiled in two prolonged civil wars during most of the remainder of the 20th century. These conflicts were rooted in northern economic, political, and social domination of largely non-Muslim, non-Arab southern Sudanese. The first civil war ended in 1972 but another broke out in 1983. Peace talks gained momentum in 2002-04 with the signing of several accords. The final North/South Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), signed in January 2005, granted the southern rebels autonomy for six years followed by a referendum on independence for Southern Sudan. The referendum was held in January 2011 and indicated overwhelming support for independence. South Sudan became independent on 9 July 2011. Sudan and South Sudan have yet to fully implement security and economic agreements signed on September 27, 2012 relating to the normalization of relations between the two countries. The final disposition of the contested Abyei region has also to be decided. Since South Sudan's independence, conflict has broken out between the government and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) in Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile states, which has resulted in 1.2 million internally displaced persons or severely affected persons in need of humanitarian assistance. A separate conflict, which broke out in the western region of Darfur in 2003, has displaced nearly two million people and caused an estimated 200,000 to 400,000 deaths. Violence in Darfur in 2013 resulted in an additional estimated 6,000 civilians killed and 500,000 displaced. The UN and the African Union have jointly commanded a Darfur peacekeeping operation known as the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) since 2007. Peacekeeping troops have struggled to stabilize the situation and have increasingly become targets for attacks by armed groups. In 2013, 16 peacekeepers were killed, UNAMID's deadliest year so far. Sudan also has faced refugee influxes from neighboring countries, primarily Ethiopia, Eritrea, Chad, Central African Republic, and South Sudan. Armed conflict, poor transport infrastructure, and government denial of access have impeded the provision of humanitarian assistance to affected populations.

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The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: Swaziland Revenue Authority, The World Factbook, Sudan Chamber of Taxation.


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