Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Gabon instead of Tanzania, you would:

Health

live 10.5 years less


In Tanzania, the average life expectancy is 63 years (61 years for men, 64 years for women). In Gabon, that number is 52 years (52 years for men, 52 years for women).

be 78.6% more likely to be obese


In Tanzania, 8.4% of adults are obese. In Gabon, that number is 15.0% of people.

Economy

make 6.0 times more money


Tanzania has a GDP per capita of $3,200, while in Gabon, the GDP per capita is $19,200.

be 2.7 times more likely to be unemployed


In Tanzania, 10.3% of adults are unemployed. In Gabon, that number is 28.0%.

be 50.4% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In Tanzania, 22.8% live below the poverty line. In Gabon, however, that number is 34.3%.

spend 16.7% more on taxes


Tanzania has a top tax rate of 30.0%. In Gabon, the top tax rate is 35.0%.

Life

be 26.9% less likely to die during childbirth


In Tanzania, approximately 398.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Gabon, 291.0 women do.

be 10.5% more likely to die during infancy


In Tanzania, approximately 39.9 children die before they reach the age of one. In Gabon, on the other hand, 44.1 children do.

Basic Needs

be 3.7 times more likely to have access to electricity


In Tanzania, 24% of people have electricity access (71% in urban areas, and 4% in rural areas). In Gabon, that number is 89% of people on average (97% in urban areas, and 38% in rural areas).

be 3.7 times more likely to have internet access


In Tanzania, approximately 13.0% of the population has internet access. In Gabon, about 48.1% do.

be 67.6% more likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Tanzania, approximately 56% of people have improved drinking water access (77% in urban areas, and 46% in rural areas). In Gabon, that number is 93% of people on average (97% in urban areas, and 67% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 22.9% less on education


Tanzania spends 3.5% of its total GDP on education. Gabon spends 2.7% of total GDP on education.

spend 39.3% less on healthcare


Tanzania spends 5.6% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Gabon, that number is 3.4% of GDP.

Geography

see 37.9% less coastline


Tanzania has a total of 1,424 km of coastline. In Gabon, that number is 885 km.

Gabon: At a glance

Gabon is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 257,667 sq km. El Hadj Omar BONGO Ondimba - one of the longest-serving heads of state in the world - dominated the country's political scene for four decades (1967-2009) following independence from France in 1960. President BONGO introduced a nominal multiparty system and a new constitution in the early 1990s. However, allegations of electoral fraud during local elections in December 2002 and the presidential elections in 2005 exposed the weaknesses of formal political structures in Gabon. Following President BONGO's death in 2009, new elections brought Ali BONGO Ondimba, son of the former president, to power. Despite constrained political conditions, Gabon's small population, abundant natural resources, and considerable foreign support have helped make it one of the more stable African countries.

How big is Gabon compared to Tanzania? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: Tanzania Revenue Authority, The World Factbook, General Direction of Taxes.

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