Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Belize instead of Tuvalu, you would:

Health

live 2.0 years longer


In Tuvalu, the average life expectancy is 67 years (65 years for men, 69 years for women). In Belize, that number is 69 years (67 years for men, 71 years for women).

be 53.3% less likely to be obese


In Tuvalu, 51.6% of adults are obese. In Belize, that number is 24.1% of people.

Economy

make 2.2 times more money


Tuvalu has a GDP per capita of $3,800, while in Belize, the GDP per capita is $8,300.

be 55.9% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In Tuvalu, 26.3% live below the poverty line. In Belize, however, that number is 41.0%.

Life

be 34.8% less likely to die during infancy


In Tuvalu, approximately 29.0 children die before they reach the age of one. In Belize, on the other hand, 18.9 children do.

Basic Needs

be 2.2 times more likely to have access to electricity


In Tuvalu, 45% of the population has electricity access. In Belize, 100% of the population do.

Expenditures

spend 64.8% less on healthcare


Tuvalu spends 16.5% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Belize, that number is 5.8% of GDP.

Geography

see 16.1 times more coastline


Tuvalu has a total of 24 km of coastline. In Belize, that number is 386 km.

Belize: At a glance

Belize is a sovereign country in Central America/Caribbean, with a total land area of approximately 22,806 sq km. Belize was the site of several Mayan city states until their decline at the end of the first millennium A.D. The British and Spanish disputed the region in the 17th and 18th centuries; it formally became the colony of British Honduras in 1854. Territorial disputes between the UK and Guatemala delayed the independence of Belize until 1981. Guatemala refused to recognize the new nation until 1992 and the two countries are involved in an ongoing border dispute. Tourism has become the mainstay of the economy. Current concerns include the country's heavy foreign debt burden, high unemployment, growing involvement in the Mexican and South American drug trade, high crime rates, and one of the highest HIV/AIDS prevalence rates in Central America.

How big is Belize compared to Tuvalu? 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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