Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 80.1% less likely to be obese


In United States, 36.2% of adults are obese. In Mozambique, that number is 7.2% of people.

live 26.3 years less


In United States, the average life expectancy is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women). In Mozambique, that number is 54 years (53 years for men, 54 years for women).

Economy

spend 19.2% less on taxes


United States has a top tax rate of 39.6%. In Mozambique, the top tax rate is 32.0%.

make 98.0% less money


United States has a GDP per capita of $59,500, while in Mozambique, the GDP per capita is $1,200.

be 5.6 times more likely to be unemployed


In United States, 4.4% of adults are unemployed. In Mozambique, that number is 24.5%.

be 3.1 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In United States, 15.1% live below the poverty line. In Mozambique, however, that number is 46.1%.

Life

have 3.0 times more children


In United States, there are approximately 12.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Mozambique, there are 38.1 babies per 1,000 people.

be 34.9 times more likely to die during childbirth


In United States, approximately 14.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Mozambique, 489.0 women do.

be 11.4 times more likely to die during infancy


In United States, approximately 5.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Mozambique, on the other hand, 65.9 children do.

Basic Needs

be 61.0% less likely to have access to electricity


In United States, 100% of the population has electricity access. In Mozambique, 39% of the population do.

be 77.0% less likely to have internet access


In United States, approximately 76.2% of the population has internet access. In Mozambique, about 17.5% do.

be 48.5% 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 Mozambique, that number is 51% of people on average (81% in urban areas, and 37% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 59.1% less on healthcare


United States spends 17.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Mozambique, that number is 7.0% of GDP.

spend 30.0% more on education


United States spends 5.0% of its total GDP on education. Mozambique spends 6.5% of total GDP on education.

Geography

see 87.6% less coastline


United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In Mozambique, that number is 2,470 km.

Mozambique: At a glance

Mozambique is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 786,380 sq km. Almost five centuries as a Portuguese colony came to a close with independence in 1975. Large-scale emigration, economic dependence on South Africa, a severe drought, and a prolonged civil war hindered the country's development until the mid 1990s. The ruling Front for the Liberation of Mozambique (Frelimo) party formally abandoned Marxism in 1989, and a new constitution the following year provided for multiparty elections and a free market economy. A UN-negotiated peace agreement between Frelimo and rebel Mozambique National Resistance (Renamo) forces ended the fighting in 1992. In December 2004, Mozambique underwent a delicate transition as Joaquim CHISSANO stepped down after 18 years in office. His elected successor, Armando Emilio GUEBUZA, promised to continue the sound economic policies that have encouraged foreign investment. President GUEBUZA was reelected to a second term in October 2009. However, the elections were flawed by voter fraud, questionable disqualification of candidates, and Frelimo use of government resources during the campaign. As a result, Freedom House removed Mozambique from its list of electoral democracies.

How big is Mozambique 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, Autoridade Tributária de Moçambique.

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