Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Sao Tome and Principe instead of Tuvalu, you would:

Health

be 76.0% less likely to be obese


In Tuvalu, 51.6% of adults are obese. In Sao Tome and Principe, that number is 12.4% of people.

live 1.6 years less


In Tuvalu, the average life expectancy is 67 years (65 years for men, 69 years for women). In Sao Tome and Principe, that number is 65 years (64 years for men, 67 years for women).

Economy

make 15.8% less money


Tuvalu has a GDP per capita of $3,800, while in Sao Tome and Principe, the GDP per capita is $3,200.

be 2.5 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In Tuvalu, 26.3% live below the poverty line. In Sao Tome and Principe, however, that number is 66.2%.

Life

have 36.7% more children


In Tuvalu, there are approximately 23.7 babies per 1,000 people. In Sao Tome and Principe, there are 32.4 babies per 1,000 people.

be 56.2% more likely to die during infancy


In Tuvalu, approximately 29.0 children die before they reach the age of one. In Sao Tome and Principe, on the other hand, 45.3 children do.

Basic Needs

be 31.1% more likely to have access to electricity


In Tuvalu, 45% of people have electricity access (57% in urban areas, and 32% in rural areas). In Sao Tome and Principe, that number is 59% of people on average (70% in urban areas, and 40% in rural areas).

be 43.9% less likely to have internet access


In Tuvalu, approximately 46.0% of the population has internet access. In Sao Tome and Principe, about 25.8% do.

Expenditures

spend 49.1% less on healthcare


Tuvalu spends 16.5% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Sao Tome and Principe, that number is 8.4% of GDP.

Geography

see 8.7 times more coastline


Tuvalu has a total of 24 km of coastline. In Sao Tome and Principe, that number is 209 km.

Sao Tome and Principe: At a glance

Sao Tome and Principe is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 964 sq km. Discovered and claimed by Portugal in the late 15th century, the islands' sugar-based economy gave way to coffee and cocoa in the 19th century - all grown with African plantation slave labor, a form of which lingered into the 20th century. While independence was achieved in 1975, democratic reforms were not instituted until the late 1980s. The country held its first free elections in 1991, but frequent internal wrangling between the various political parties precipitated repeated changes in leadership and two failed coup attempts in 1995 and 2003. In 2012, three opposition parties combined in a no confidence vote to bring down the majority government of former Prime Minister Patrice TROVOADA. The new government of Prime Minister Gabriel Arcanjo Ferreira DA COSTA is entirely composed of opposition party members with limited experience in governance. New oil discoveries in the Gulf of Guinea may attract increased attention to the small island nation.

How big is Sao Tome and Principe 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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