Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 76.2% less likely to be obese


In United States, 36.2% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Maldives, that number is 8.6% of people as of 2016.

live 3.9 years less


In United States, the average life expectancy is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women) as of 2020. In Maldives, that number is 76 years (74 years for men, 79 years for women) as of 2020.

Economy

be 34.1% less likely to be unemployed


In United States, 4.4% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Maldives, that number is 2.9% as of 2017.

make 67.9% less money


United States has a GDP per capita of $59,800 as of 2017, while in Maldives, the GDP per capita is $19,200 as of 2017.

Life

have 29.0% more children


In United States, there are approximately 12.4 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Maldives, there are 16.0 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

be 2.8 times more likely to die during childbirth


In United States, approximately 19.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Maldives, 53.0 women do as of 2017.

be 3.7 times more likely to die during infancy


In United States, approximately 5.3 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Maldives, on the other hand, 19.8 children do as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 27.6% less likely to have internet access


In United States, approximately 87.3% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Maldives, about 63.2% do as of 2018.

Expenditures

spend 18.0% less on education


United States spends 5.0% of its total GDP on education as of 2014. Maldives spends 4.1% of total GDP on education as of 2016.

Geography

see 96.8% less coastline


United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In Maldives, that number is 644 km.

Maldives: At a glance

Maldives is a sovereign country in South Asia, with a total land area of approximately 298 sq km. A sultanate since the 12th century, the Maldives became a British protectorate in 1887. It became a republic in 1968, three years after independence. President Maumoon Abdul GAYOOM dominated the islands' political scene for 30 years, elected to six successive terms by single-party referendums. Following political demonstrations in the capital Male in August 2003, the president and his government pledged to embark upon a process of liberalization and democratic reforms, including a more representative political system and expanded political freedoms. Progress was sluggish, however, and many promised reforms were slow to be realized. Nonetheless, political parties were legalized in 2005. In June 2008, a constituent assembly - termed the "Special Majlis" - finalized a new constitution, which was ratified by the president in August. The first-ever presidential elections under a multi-candidate, multi-party system were held in October 2008. GAYOOM was defeated in a runoff poll by Mohamed NASHEED, a political activist who had been jailed several years earlier by the former regime. President NASHEED faced a number of challenges including strengthening democracy and combating poverty and drug abuse. In early February 2012, after several weeks of street protests following his sacking of a top judge, NASHEED resigned the presidency and handed over power to Vice President Mohammed WAHEED Hassan Maniku. In mid-2012, a Commission of National Inquiry was set by the government to probe events leading up to NASHEED's resignation. Though the commission found no evidence of a coup, the report recommended the need to strengthen the country's democratic institutions to avert similar events in the future, and to further investigate alleged police misconduct during the crisis. Maldivian officials have played a prominent role in international climate change discussions (due to the islands' low elevation and the threat from sea-level rise) on the UN Human Rights Council and in other international forums, as well as in encouraging regional cooperation, especially between India and Pakistan.

How big is Maldives 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.

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