Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 52.5% less likely to be obese


In United States, 36.2% of adults are obese. In Namibia, that number is 17.2% of people.

live 16.0 years less


In United States, the average life expectancy is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women). In Namibia, that number is 64 years (62 years for men, 66 years for women).

Economy

make 81.0% less money


United States has a GDP per capita of $59,500, while in Namibia, the GDP per capita is $11,300.

be 7.7 times more likely to be unemployed


In United States, 4.4% of adults are unemployed. In Namibia, that number is 34.0%.

be 90.1% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In United States, 15.1% live below the poverty line. In Namibia, however, that number is 28.7%.

Life

have 2.2 times more children


In United States, there are approximately 12.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Namibia, there are 27.3 babies per 1,000 people.

be 18.9 times more likely to die during childbirth


In United States, approximately 14.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Namibia, 265.0 women do.

be 6.1 times more likely to die during infancy


In United States, approximately 5.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Namibia, on the other hand, 35.1 children do.

Basic Needs

be 68.0% less likely to have access to electricity


In United States, 100% of the population has electricity access. In Namibia, 32% of the population do.

be 59.3% less likely to have internet access


In United States, approximately 76.2% of the population has internet access. In Namibia, about 31.0% do.

Expenditures

spend 48.0% less on healthcare


United States spends 17.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Namibia, that number is 8.9% of GDP.

spend 66.0% more on education


United States spends 5.0% of its total GDP on education. Namibia spends 8.3% of total GDP on education.

Geography

see 92.1% less coastline


United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In Namibia, that number is 1,572 km.

Namibia: At a glance

Namibia is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 823,290 sq km. South Africa occupied the German colony of South-West Africa during World War I and administered it as a mandate until after World War II, when it annexed the territory. In 1966 the Marxist South-West Africa People's Organization (SWAPO) guerrilla group launched a war of independence for the area that became Namibia, but it was not until 1988 that South Africa agreed to end its administration in accordance with a UN peace plan for the entire region. Namibia has been governed by SWAPO since the country won independence in 1990. Hifikepunye POHAMBA was elected president in November 2004 in a landslide victory replacing Sam NUJOMA who led the country during its first 14 years of self rule. POHAMBA was reelected in November 2009.

How big is Namibia 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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