Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Equatorial Guinea instead of United States, you would:

Health

be 77.9% less likely to be obese


In United States, 36.2% of adults are obese. In Equatorial Guinea, that number is 8.0% of people.

live 15.4 years less


In United States, the average life expectancy is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women). In Equatorial Guinea, that number is 65 years (63 years for men, 66 years for women).

Economy

spend 11.6% less on taxes


United States has a top tax rate of 39.6%. In Equatorial Guinea, the top tax rate is 35.0%.

make 39.5% less money


United States has a GDP per capita of $59,500, while in Equatorial Guinea, the GDP per capita is $36,000.

be 95.5% more likely to be unemployed


In United States, 4.4% of adults are unemployed. In Equatorial Guinea, that number is 8.6%.

be 2.9 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In United States, 15.1% live below the poverty line. In Equatorial Guinea, however, that number is 44.0%.

Life

have 2.6 times more children


In United States, there are approximately 12.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Equatorial Guinea, there are 32.2 babies per 1,000 people.

be 24.4 times more likely to die during childbirth


In United States, approximately 14.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Equatorial Guinea, 342.0 women do.

be 11.2 times more likely to die during infancy


In United States, approximately 5.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Equatorial Guinea, on the other hand, 65.2 children do.

Basic Needs

be 34.0% less likely to have access to electricity


In United States, 100% of the population has electricity access. In Equatorial Guinea, 66% of the population do.

be 68.8% less likely to have internet access


In United States, approximately 76.2% of the population has internet access. In Equatorial Guinea, about 23.8% do.

be 51.7% less likely to have access to improved drinking water


In United States, approximately 99% of people have improved drinking water access (99% in urban areas, and 98% in rural areas). In Equatorial Guinea, that number is 48% of people on average (72% in urban areas, and 32% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 77.8% less on healthcare


United States spends 17.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Equatorial Guinea, that number is 3.8% of GDP.

Geography

see 98.5% less coastline


United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In Equatorial Guinea, that number is 296 km.

Learn more about Equatorial Guinea

Equatorial Guinea is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 28,051 sq km. Equatorial Guinea gained independence in 1968 after 190 years of Spanish rule. This tiny country, composed of a mainland portion plus five inhabited islands, is one of the smallest on the African continent. President Teodoro Obiang NGUEMA MBASOGO has ruled the country since 1979 when he seized power in a coup. Although nominally a constitutional democracy since 1991, the 1996, 2002, and 2009 presidential elections - as well as the 1999, 2004, 2008, and 2013 legislative elections - were widely seen as flawed. The president exerts almost total control over the political system and has discouraged political opposition. Equatorial Guinea has experienced rapid economic growth due to the discovery of large offshore oil reserves, and in the last decade has become Sub-Saharan Africa's third largest oil exporter. Despite the country's economic windfall from oil production, resulting in a massive increase in government revenue in recent years, improvements in the population's living standards have been slow to develop.

How big is Equatorial Guinea 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, Ministry of Finance, Internal Revenue Service.