Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 80.9% less likely to be obese


In United States, 36.2% of adults are obese. In Indonesia, that number is 6.9% 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 Indonesia, that number is 73 years (70 years for men, 76 years for women).

Economy

be 27.8% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In United States, 15.1% live below the poverty line. In Indonesia, however, that number is 10.9%.

spend 24.2% less on taxes


United States has a top tax rate of 39.6%. In Indonesia, the top tax rate is 30.0%.

make 79.2% less money


United States has a GDP per capita of $59,500, while in Indonesia, the GDP per capita is $12,400.

be 27.3% more likely to be unemployed


In United States, 4.4% of adults are unemployed. In Indonesia, that number is 5.6%.

Life

have 29.6% more children


In United States, there are approximately 12.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Indonesia, there are 16.2 babies per 1,000 people.

be 9.0 times more likely to die during childbirth


In United States, approximately 14.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Indonesia, 126.0 women do.

be 3.9 times more likely to die during infancy


In United States, approximately 5.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Indonesia, on the other hand, 22.7 children do.

Basic Needs

be 19.0% less likely to have access to electricity


In United States, 100% of the population has electricity access. In Indonesia, 81% of the population do.

be 66.7% less likely to have internet access


In United States, approximately 76.2% of the population has internet access. In Indonesia, about 25.4% do.

be 11.9% 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 Indonesia, that number is 87% of people on average (94% in urban areas, and 80% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 28.0% less on education


United States spends 5.0% of its total GDP on education. Indonesia spends 3.6% of total GDP on education.

spend 83.6% less on healthcare


United States spends 17.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Indonesia, that number is 2.8% of GDP.

Geography

see 2.7 times more coastline


United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In Indonesia, that number is 54,716 km.

Learn more about Indonesia

Indonesia is a sovereign country in East/Southeast Asia, with a total land area of approximately 1,811,569 sq km. The Dutch began to colonize Indonesia in the early 17th century; Japan occupied the islands from 1942 to 1945. Indonesia declared its independence shortly before Japan's surrender, but it required four years of sometimes brutal fighting, intermittent negotiations, and UN mediation before the Netherlands agreed to transfer sovereignty in 1949. A period of sometimes unruly parliamentary democracy ended in 1957 when President SOEKARNO declared martial law and instituted "Guided Democracy." After an abortive coup in 1965 by alleged communist sympathizers, SOEKARNO was gradually eased from power. From 1967 until 1988, President SUHARTO ruled Indonesia with his "New Order" government. After rioting toppled Suharto in 1998, free and fair legislative elections took place in 1999. Indonesia is now the world's third most populous democracy, the world's largest archipelagic state, and the world's largest Muslim-majority nation. Current issues include: alleviating poverty, improving education, preventing terrorism, consolidating democracy after four decades of authoritarianism, implementing economic and financial reforms, stemming corruption, reforming the criminal justice system, holding the military and police accountable for human rights violations, addressing climate change, and controlling infectious diseases, particularly those of global and regional importance. In 2005, Indonesia reached a historic peace agreement with armed separatists in Aceh, which led to democratic elections in Aceh in December 2006. Indonesia continues to face low intensity armed resistance in Papua by the separatist Free Papua Movement.

How big is Indonesia 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, Internal Revenue Service, Direktorat Jenderal Pajak.