Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 78.7% less likely to be obese


In United States, 36.2% of adults are obese. In Guinea, that number is 7.7% of people.

live 19.0 years less


In United States, the average life expectancy is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women). In Guinea, that number is 61 years (60 years for men, 63 years for women).

Economy

be 36.4% less likely to be unemployed


In United States, 4.4% of adults are unemployed. In Guinea, that number is 2.8%.

make 96.6% less money


United States has a GDP per capita of $59,500, while in Guinea, the GDP per capita is $2,000.

be 3.1 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In United States, 15.1% live below the poverty line. In Guinea, however, that number is 47.0%.

Life

have 2.8 times more children


In United States, there are approximately 12.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Guinea, there are 35.1 babies per 1,000 people.

be 48.5 times more likely to die during childbirth


In United States, approximately 14.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Guinea, 679.0 women do.

be 8.6 times more likely to die during infancy


In United States, approximately 5.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Guinea, on the other hand, 50.0 children do.

Basic Needs

be 74.0% less likely to have access to electricity


In United States, 100% of the population has electricity access. In Guinea, 26% of the population do.

be 87.1% less likely to have internet access


In United States, approximately 76.2% of the population has internet access. In Guinea, about 9.8% do.

be 22.6% 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 Guinea, that number is 77% of people on average (93% in urban areas, and 67% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 52.0% less on education


United States spends 5.0% of its total GDP on education. Guinea spends 2.4% of total GDP on education.

spend 67.3% less on healthcare


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

Geography

see 98.4% less coastline


United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In Guinea, that number is 320 km.

Learn more about Guinea

Guinea is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 245,717 sq km. Guinea is at a turning point after decades of authoritarian rule since gaining its independence from France in 1958. Guinea held its first free and competitive democratic presidential and legislative elections in 2010 and 2013 respectively. Alpha CONDE was elected to a five year term as president in 2010, and the National Assembly was seated in January 2014. CONDE's cabinet is the first all-civilian government in Guinea. Previously, Sekou TOURE ruled the country as president from independence to his death in 1984. Lansana CONTE came to power in 1984 when the military seized the government after TOURE's death. Gen. CONTE organized and won presidential elections in 1993, 1998, and 2003, though all the polls were rigged. Upon CONTE's death in December 2008, Capt. Moussa Dadis CAMARA led a military coup, seizing power and suspending the constitution. His unwillingness to yield to domestic and international pressure to step down led to heightened political tensions that culminated in September 2009 when presidential guards opened fire on an opposition rally killing more than 150 people, and in early December 2009 when CAMARA was wounded in an assassination attempt and exiled to Burkina Faso. A transitional government led by Gen. Sekouba KONATE paved the way for Guinea's transition to a fledgling democracy.

How big is 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.