Quality of Life Comparison

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If you lived in Bhutan instead of United States, you would:

Health

be 82.3% less likely to be obese


In United States, 36.2% of adults are obese. In Bhutan, that number is 6.4% of people.

live 9.4 years less


In United States, the average life expectancy is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women). In Bhutan, that number is 71 years (70 years for men, 72 years for women).

Economy

be 27.3% less likely to be unemployed


In United States, 4.4% of adults are unemployed. In Bhutan, that number is 3.2%.

be 20.5% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In United States, 15.1% live below the poverty line. In Bhutan, however, that number is 12.0%.

make 85.4% less money


United States has a GDP per capita of $59,500, while in Bhutan, the GDP per capita is $8,700.

Life

have 38.4% more children


In United States, there are approximately 12.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Bhutan, there are 17.3 babies per 1,000 people.

be 10.6 times more likely to die during childbirth


In United States, approximately 14.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Bhutan, 148.0 women do.

be 5.5 times more likely to die during infancy


In United States, approximately 5.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Bhutan, on the other hand, 32.1 children do.

Basic Needs

be 24.0% less likely to have access to electricity


In United States, 100% of the population has electricity access. In Bhutan, 76% of the population do.

be 45.1% less likely to have internet access


In United States, approximately 76.2% of the population has internet access. In Bhutan, about 41.8% do.

Expenditures

spend 78.9% less on healthcare


United States spends 17.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Bhutan, that number is 3.6% of GDP.

spend 48.0% more on education


United States spends 5.0% of its total GDP on education. Bhutan spends 7.4% of total GDP on education.

Learn more about Bhutan

Bhutan is a sovereign country in South Asia, with a total land area of approximately 38,394 sq km. In 1865, Britain and Bhutan signed the Treaty of Sinchulu, under which Bhutan would receive an annual subsidy in exchange for ceding some border land to British India. Under British influence, a monarchy was set up in 1907; three years later, a treaty was signed whereby the British agreed not to interfere in Bhutanese internal affairs, and Bhutan allowed Britain to direct its foreign affairs. This role was assumed by independent India after 1947. Two years later, a formal Indo-Bhutanese accord returned to Bhutan the areas annexed by the British, formalized the annual subsidies the country received, and defined India's responsibilities in defense and foreign relations. In March 2005, King Jigme Singye WANGCHUCK unveiled the government's draft constitution - which introduced major democratic reforms - and pledged to hold a national referendum for its approval. In December 2006, the King abdicated the throne in favor of his son, Jigme Khesar Namgyel WANGCHUCK, in order to give him experience as head of state before the democratic transition. In early 2007, India and Bhutan renegotiated their treaty, eliminating the clause that stated that Bhutan would be "guided by" India in conducting its foreign policy, although Thimphu continues to coordinate closely with New Delhi. Elections for seating the country's first parliament were completed in March 2008; the king ratified the country's first constitution in July 2008. Bhutan experienced a peaceful turnover of power following parliamentary elections in 2013, which routed the incumbent party. The disposition of some 30,000 Bhutanese refugees - housed in two UN refugee camps in Nepal - remains unresolved.

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The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook.