If you lived in Mauritius instead of United Kingdom, you would:

Health

be 61.2% less likely to be obese

In United Kingdom, 27.8% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Mauritius, that number is 10.8% of people as of 2016.

live 4.6 years less

In United Kingdom, the average life expectancy is 81 years (79 years for men, 84 years for women) as of 2020. In Mauritius, that number is 76 years (73 years for men, 80 years for women) as of 2020.

Economy

be 46.7% less likely to live below the poverty line

In United Kingdom, 15.0% live below the poverty line as of 2013. In Mauritius, however, that number is 8.0% as of 2006.

pay a 66.7% lower top tax rate

United Kingdom has a top tax rate of 45.0% as of 2016. In Mauritius, the top tax rate is 15.0% as of 2016.

make 49.7% less money

United Kingdom has a GDP per capita of $44,300 as of 2017, while in Mauritius, the GDP per capita is $22,300 as of 2017.

be 61.4% more likely to be unemployed

In United Kingdom, 4.4% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Mauritius, that number is 7.1% as of 2017.

Life

be 8.7 times more likely to die during childbirth

In United Kingdom, approximately 7.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Mauritius, 61.0 women do as of 2017.

be 2.2 times more likely to die during infancy

In United Kingdom, approximately 4.1 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Mauritius, on the other hand, 9.0 children do as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 38.3% less likely to have internet access

In United Kingdom, approximately 94.9% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Mauritius, about 58.6% do as of 2018.

Expenditures

spend 12.7% less on education

United Kingdom spends 5.5% of its total GDP on education as of 2016. Mauritius spends 4.8% of total GDP on education as of 2018.

Geography

see 98.6% less coastline

United Kingdom has a total of 12,429 km of coastline. In Mauritius, that number is 177 km.


The statistics above were calculated using the following data sources: Mauritius Revenue Authority, The World Factbook, HM Revenue & Customs.

Mauritius: At a glance

Mauritius is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 2,030 sq km. Although known to Arab and Malay sailors as early as the 10th century, Mauritius was first explored by the Portuguese in the 16th century and subsequently settled by the Dutch - who named it in honor of Prince Maurits van NASSAU - in the 17th century. The French assumed control in 1715, developing the island into an important naval base overseeing Indian Ocean trade, and establishing a plantation economy of sugar cane. The British captured the island in 1810, during the Napoleonic Wars. Mauritius remained a strategically important British naval base, and later an air station, playing an important role during World War II for anti-submarine and convoy operations, as well as the collection of signals intelligence. Independence from the UK was attained in 1968. A stable democracy with regular free elections and a positive human rights record, the country has attracted considerable foreign investment and has earned one of Africa's highest per capita incomes.
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