Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 68.0% less likely to be obese


In Tuvalu, 51.6% of adults are obese. In Swaziland, that number is 16.5% of people.

live 14.8 years less


In Tuvalu, the average life expectancy is 67 years (65 years for men, 69 years for women). In Swaziland, that number is 52 years (53 years for men, 52 years for women).

Economy

make 2.6 times more money


Tuvalu has a GDP per capita of $3,800, while in Swaziland, the GDP per capita is $9,900.

be 2.4 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In Tuvalu, 26.3% live below the poverty line. In Swaziland, however, that number is 63.0%.

Life

be 66.9% more likely to die during infancy


In Tuvalu, approximately 29.0 children die before they reach the age of one. In Swaziland, on the other hand, 48.4 children do.

Basic Needs

be 40.0% less likely to have access to electricity


In Tuvalu, 45% of people have electricity access (57% in urban areas, and 32% in rural areas). In Swaziland, that number is 27% of people on average (40% in urban areas, and 24% in rural areas).

be 37.8% less likely to have internet access


In Tuvalu, approximately 46.0% of the population has internet access. In Swaziland, about 28.6% do.

be 24.2% less likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Tuvalu, approximately 98% of people have improved drinking water access (98% in urban areas, and 97% in rural areas). In Swaziland, that number is 74% of people on average (94% in urban areas, and 69% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 43.6% less on healthcare


Tuvalu spends 16.5% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Swaziland, that number is 9.3% of GDP.

Swaziland: At a glance

Swaziland is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 17,204 sq km. Autonomy for the Swazis of southern Africa was guaranteed by the British in the late 19th century; independence was granted in 1968. Student and labor unrest during the 1990s pressured King MSWATI III, Africa's last absolute monarch, to grudgingly allow political reform and greater democracy, although he has backslid on these promises in recent years. A constitution came into effect in 2006, but the legal status of political parties remains unclear. The African United Democratic Party tried unsuccessfully to register as an official political party in mid 2006. Talks over the constitution broke down between the government and progressive groups in 2007. Swaziland recently surpassed Botswana as the country with the world's highest known HIV/AIDS prevalence rate.

How big is Swaziland 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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