Quality of Life Comparison

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

Health

be 11.6% less likely to be obese


In United States, 36.2% of adults are obese. In Egypt, that number is 32.0% of people.

live 7.0 years less


In United States, the average life expectancy is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women). In Egypt, that number is 73 years (72 years for men, 74 years for women).

Economy

spend 43.2% less on taxes


United States has a top tax rate of 39.6%. In Egypt, the top tax rate is 22.5%.

make 78.7% less money


United States has a GDP per capita of $59,500, while in Egypt, the GDP per capita is $12,700.

be 2.7 times more likely to be unemployed


In United States, 4.4% of adults are unemployed. In Egypt, that number is 11.9%.

be 84.1% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In United States, 15.1% live below the poverty line. In Egypt, however, that number is 27.8%.

Life

have 2.4 times more children


In United States, there are approximately 12.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Egypt, there are 29.6 babies per 1,000 people.

be 2.4 times more likely to die during childbirth


In United States, approximately 14.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Egypt, 33.0 women do.

be 3.3 times more likely to die during infancy


In United States, approximately 5.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Egypt, on the other hand, 19.0 children do.

Basic Needs

be 48.6% less likely to have internet access


In United States, approximately 76.2% of the population has internet access. In Egypt, about 39.2% do.

Expenditures

spend 24.0% less on education


United States spends 5.0% of its total GDP on education. Egypt spends 3.8% of total GDP on education.

spend 67.3% less on healthcare


United States spends 17.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Egypt, that number is 5.6% of GDP.

Geography

see 87.7% less coastline


United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In Egypt, that number is 2,450 km.

Learn more about Egypt

Egypt is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 995,450 sq km. The regularity and richness of the annual Nile River flood, coupled with semi-isolation provided by deserts to the east and west, allowed for the development of one of the world's great civilizations. A unified kingdom arose circa 3200 B.C., and a series of dynasties ruled in Egypt for the next three millennia. The last native dynasty fell to the Persians in 341 B.C., who in turn were replaced by the Greeks, Romans, and Byzantines. It was the Arabs who introduced Islam and the Arabic language in the 7th century and who ruled for the next six centuries. A local military caste, the Mamluks took control about 1250 and continued to govern after the conquest of Egypt by the Ottoman Turks in 1517. Completion of the Suez Canal in 1869 elevated Egypt as an important world transportation hub. Ostensibly to protect its investments, Britain seized control of Egypt's government in 1882, but nominal allegiance to the Ottoman Empire continued until 1914. Partially independent from the UK in 1922, Egypt acquired full sovereignty from Britain in 1952. The completion of the Aswan High Dam in 1971 and the resultant Lake Nasser have altered the time-honored place of the Nile River in the agriculture and ecology of Egypt. A rapidly growing population (the largest in the Arab world), limited arable land, and dependence on the Nile all continue to overtax resources and stress society. The government has struggled to meet the demands of Egypt's population through economic reform and massive investment in communications and physical infrastructure. Inspired by the 2010 Tunisian revolution, Egyptian opposition groups led demonstrations and labor strikes countrywide, culminating in President Hosni MUBARAK's ouster. Egypt's military assumed national leadership until a new parliament was in place in early 2012; later that same year, Mohammed MORSI won the presidential election. Following often violent protests throughout the spring of 2013 against MORSI's government and the Muslim Brotherhood (MB), and massive anti-government demonstrations, the Egyptian Armed Forces (EAF) intervened and removed MORSI from power in mid-July 2013 and replaced him with interim president Adly MANSOUR. In mid-January 2014, voters approved a new constitution by referendum. Presidential elections to replace MANSOUR are scheduled for late May 2014. According to the constitution and the government's transitional road map, preparations for parliamentary elections will begin by mid-July 2014.

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The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Internal Revenue Service, Egyptian Tax Authority.