Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Rwanda instead of Tajikistan, you would:

Health

be 59.2% less likely to be obese


In Tajikistan, 14.2% of adults are obese. In Rwanda, that number is 5.8% of people.

be 9.0 times more likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Tajikistan, 0.3% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Rwanda, that number is 2.7% of people.

live 3.8 years less


In Tajikistan, the average life expectancy is 68 years (65 years for men, 71 years for women). In Rwanda, that number is 64 years (62 years for men, 66 years for women).

Economy

make 34.4% less money


Tajikistan has a GDP per capita of $3,200, while in Rwanda, the GDP per capita is $2,100.

be 12.5% more likely to be unemployed


In Tajikistan, 2.4% of adults are unemployed. In Rwanda, that number is 2.7%.

be 24.1% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In Tajikistan, 31.5% live below the poverty line. In Rwanda, however, that number is 39.1%.

spend 2.3 times more on taxes


Tajikistan has a top tax rate of 13.0%. In Rwanda, the top tax rate is 30.0%.

Life

have 31.8% more children


In Tajikistan, there are approximately 23.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Rwanda, there are 30.7 babies per 1,000 people.

be 9.1 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Tajikistan, approximately 32.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Rwanda, 290.0 women do.

be 29.4% less likely to be literate


In Tajikistan, the literacy rate is 99.8%. In Rwanda, it is 70.5%.

Basic Needs

be 79.0% less likely to have access to electricity


In Tajikistan, 100% of the population has electricity access. In Rwanda, 21% of the population do.

Expenditures

spend 32.7% less on education


Tajikistan spends 5.2% of its total GDP on education. Rwanda spends 3.5% of total GDP on education.

Rwanda: At a glance

Rwanda is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 24,668 sq km. In 1959, three years before independence from Belgium, the majority ethnic group, the Hutus, overthrew the ruling Tutsi king. Over the next several years, thousands of Tutsis were killed, and some 150,000 driven into exile in neighboring countries. The children of these exiles later formed a rebel group, the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF), and began a civil war in 1990. The war, along with several political and economic upheavals, exacerbated ethnic tensions, culminating in April 1994 in a state-orchestrated genocide, in which Rwandans killed up to a million of their fellow citizens, including approximately three-quarters of the Tutsi population. The genocide ended later that same year when the predominantly Tutsi RPF, operating out of Uganda and northern Rwanda, defeated the national army and Hutu militias, and established an RPF-led government of national unity. Approximately 2 million Hutu refugees - many fearing Tutsi retribution - fled to neighboring Burundi, Tanzania, Uganda, and former Zaire. Since then, most of the refugees have returned to Rwanda, but several thousand remained in the neighboring Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC, the former Zaire) and formed an extremist insurgency bent on retaking Rwanda, much as the RPF did in 1990. Rwanda held its first local elections in 1999 and its first post-genocide presidential and legislative elections in 2003. Rwanda in 2009 staged a joint military operation with the Congolese Army in DRC to rout out the Hutu extremist insurgency there, and Kigali and Kinshasa restored diplomatic relations. Rwanda also joined the Commonwealth in late 2009. In January 2013, Rwanda assumed a nonpermanent seat on the UN Security Council for the 2013-14 term.

How big is Rwanda compared to Tajikistan? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: National Center of Legislation under the President of the Republic of Tajikistan, The World Factbook, Rwanda Revenue Authority.

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