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 as of 2016. In Brunei, that number is 14.1% of people as of 2016.

live 2.4 years less


In United States, the average life expectancy is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women) as of 2020. In Brunei, that number is 78 years (76 years for men, 80 years for women) as of 2020.

Economy

make 31.9% more money


United States has a GDP per capita of $59,800 as of 2017, while in Brunei, the GDP per capita is $78,900 as of 2017.

be 56.8% more likely to be unemployed


In United States, 4.4% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Brunei, that number is 6.9% as of 2017.

Life

have 33.1% more children


In United States, there are approximately 12.4 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Brunei, there are 16.5 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

be 63.2% more likely to die during childbirth


In United States, approximately 19.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Brunei, 31.0 women do as of 2017.

be 66.0% more likely to die during infancy


In United States, approximately 5.3 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Brunei, on the other hand, 8.8 children do as of 2020.

Expenditures

spend 12.0% less on education


United States spends 5.0% of its total GDP on education as of 2014. Brunei spends 4.4% of total GDP on education as of 2016.

Geography

see 99.2% less coastline


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

Brunei: At a glance

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.

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