Quality of Life Comparison

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

Health

be 25.4% less likely to be obese


In United States, 36.2% of adults are obese. In Oman, that number is 27.0% of people.

live 4.3 years less


In United States, the average life expectancy is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women). In Oman, that number is 76 years (74 years for men, 78 years for women).

Economy

make 24.0% less money


United States has a GDP per capita of $59,500, while in Oman, the GDP per capita is $45,200.

Life

have 92.0% more children


In United States, there are approximately 12.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Oman, there are 24.0 babies per 1,000 people.

be 21.4% more likely to die during childbirth


In United States, approximately 14.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Oman, 17.0 women do.

be 2.2 times more likely to die during infancy


In United States, approximately 5.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Oman, on the other hand, 12.8 children do.

Expenditures

spend 78.9% less on healthcare


United States spends 17.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Oman, that number is 3.6% of GDP.

spend 24.0% more on education


United States spends 5.0% of its total GDP on education. Oman spends 6.2% of total GDP on education.

Geography

see 89.5% less coastline


United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In Oman, that number is 2,092 km.

Learn more about Oman

Oman is a sovereign country in Middle East, with a total land area of approximately 309,500 sq km. The inhabitants of the area of Oman have long prospered on Indian Ocean trade. In the late 18th century, a newly established sultanate in Muscat signed the first in a series of friendship treaties with Britain. Over time, Oman's dependence on British political and military advisors increased, but it never became a British colony. In 1970, QABOOS bin Said Al-Said overthrew his father, and he has since ruled as sultan. His extensive modernization program has opened the country to the outside world while preserving the longstanding close ties with the UK. Oman's moderate, independent foreign policy has sought to maintain good relations with all Middle Eastern countries. Inspired by the popular uprisings that swept the Middle East and North Africa beginning in January 2011, some Omanis began staging marches, demonstrations, and sit-ins calling mostly for more jobs and economic benefits and an end to corruption. In response to those protester demands, QABOOS in 2011 pledged to implement economic and political reforms, such as granting legislative and regulatory powers to the Majlis al-Shura and introducing unemployment benefits. Additionally, in August 2012, the Sultan announced a royal directive mandating the speedy implementation of a national job creation plan for thousands of public and private sector jobs. As part of the government's efforts to decentralize authority and allow greater citizen participation in local governance, Oman successfully conducted its first municipal council elections in December 2012. Announced by the Sultan in 2011, the municipal councils will have the power to advise the Royal Court on the needs of local districts across Oman's 11 governorates.

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The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook.