Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 10.2% less likely to be obese


In United States, 36.2% of adults are obese. In Libya, that number is 32.5% of people.

live 3.3 years less


In United States, the average life expectancy is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women). In Libya, that number is 77 years (75 years for men, 78 years for women).

Economy

spend 74.7% less on taxes


United States has a top tax rate of 39.6%. In Libya, the top tax rate is 10.0%.

make 83.2% less money


United States has a GDP per capita of $59,500, while in Libya, the GDP per capita is $10,000.

be 6.8 times more likely to be unemployed


In United States, 4.4% of adults are unemployed. In Libya, that number is 30.0%.

Life

be 35.7% less likely to die during childbirth


In United States, approximately 14.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Libya, 9.0 women do.

have 40.0% more children


In United States, there are approximately 12.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Libya, there are 17.5 babies per 1,000 people.

be 86.2% more likely to die during infancy


In United States, approximately 5.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Libya, on the other hand, 10.8 children do.

Basic Needs

be 73.4% less likely to have internet access


In United States, approximately 76.2% of the population has internet access. In Libya, about 20.3% do.

be 45.2% 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 Libya, that number is 54% of people on average (54% in urban areas, and 55% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 70.8% less on healthcare


United States spends 17.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Libya, that number is 5.0% of GDP.

Geography

see 91.1% less coastline


United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In Libya, that number is 1,770 km.

Libya: At a glance

Libya is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 1,759,540 sq km. The Italians supplanted the Ottoman Turks in the area around Tripoli in 1911 and did not relinquish their hold until 1943 when defeated in World War II. Libya then passed to UN administration and achieved independence in 1951. Following a 1969 military coup, Col. Muammar al-QADHAFI assumed leadership and began to espouse his political system at home, which was a combination of socialism and Islam. During the 1970s, QADHAFI used oil revenues to promote his ideology outside Libya, supporting subversive and terrorist activities that included the downing of two airliners - one over Scotland, another in Northern Africa - and a discotheque bombing in Berlin. UN sanctions in 1992 isolated QADHAFI politically and economically following the attacks; sanctions were lifted in 2003 following Libyan acceptance of responsibility for the bombings and agreement to claimant compensation. QADHAFI also agreed to end Libya's program to develop weapons of mass destruction, and he made significant strides in normalizing relations with Western nations. Unrest that began in several Middle Eastern and North African countries in late 2010 erupted in Libyan cities in early 2011. QADHAFI's brutal crackdown on protesters spawned a civil war that triggered UN authorization of air and naval intervention by the international community. After months of seesaw fighting between government and opposition forces, the QADHAFI regime was toppled in mid-2011 and replaced by a transitional government. Libya in 2012 formed a new parliament and elected a new prime minister.

How big is Libya 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.

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