Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 61.0% less likely to be obese


In United States, 36.2% of adults are obese. In Brunei, that number is 14.1% of people.

live 2.7 years less


In United States, the average life expectancy is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women). In Brunei, that number is 77 years (75 years for men, 80 years for women).

Economy

make 31.4% more money


United States has a GDP per capita of $59,500, while in Brunei, the GDP per capita is $78,200.

be 56.8% more likely to be unemployed


In United States, 4.4% of adults are unemployed. In Brunei, that number is 6.9%.

Life

have 36.0% more children


In United States, there are approximately 12.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Brunei, there are 17.0 babies per 1,000 people.

be 64.3% more likely to die during childbirth


In United States, approximately 14.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Brunei, 23.0 women do.

be 65.5% more likely to die during infancy


In United States, approximately 5.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Brunei, on the other hand, 9.6 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 Brunei, 76% of the population do.

Expenditures

spend 12.0% less on education


United States spends 5.0% of its total GDP on education. Brunei spends 4.4% of total GDP on education.

spend 84.8% less on healthcare


United States spends 17.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Brunei, that number is 2.6% of GDP.

Geography

see 99.2% less coastline


United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In Brunei, that number is 161 km.

Learn more about Brunei

Brunei is a sovereign country in East/Southeast Asia, with a total land area of approximately 5,265 sq km. The Sultanate of Brunei's influence peaked between the 15th and 17th centuries when its control extended over coastal areas of northwest Borneo and the southern Philippines. Brunei subsequently entered a period of decline brought on by internal strife over royal succession, colonial expansion of European powers, and piracy. In 1888, Brunei became a British protectorate; independence was achieved in 1984. The same family has ruled Brunei for over six centuries. Brunei benefits from extensive petroleum and natural gas fields, the source of one of the highest per capita GDPs in Asia.

How big is Brunei compared to United States? See an in-depth size comparison.


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