Quality of Life Comparison

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

Health

be 61.3% less likely to be obese


In United States, 36.2% of adults are obese. In Seychelles, that number is 14.0% of people.

live 5.1 years less


In United States, the average life expectancy is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women). In Seychelles, that number is 75 years (70 years for men, 80 years for women).

Economy

spend 62.1% less on taxes


United States has a top tax rate of 39.6%. In Seychelles, the top tax rate is 15.0%.

make 51.4% less money


United States has a GDP per capita of $59,500, while in Seychelles, the GDP per capita is $28,900.

be 2.6 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In United States, 15.1% live below the poverty line. In Seychelles, however, that number is 39.3%.

Life

be 72.4% more likely to die during infancy


In United States, approximately 5.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Seychelles, on the other hand, 10.0 children do.

Basic Needs

be 25.9% less likely to have internet access


In United States, approximately 76.2% of the population has internet access. In Seychelles, about 56.5% do.

Expenditures

spend 28.0% less on education


United States spends 5.0% of its total GDP on education. Seychelles spends 3.6% of total GDP on education.

spend 80.1% less on healthcare


United States spends 17.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Seychelles, that number is 3.4% of GDP.

Geography

see 97.5% less coastline


United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In Seychelles, that number is 491 km.

Learn more about Seychelles

Seychelles is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 455 sq km. A lengthy struggle between France and Great Britain for the islands ended in 1814, when they were ceded to the latter. Independence came in 1976. Socialist rule was brought to a close with a new constitution and free elections in 1993. President France-Albert RENE, who had served since 1977, was re-elected in 2001, but stepped down in 2004. Vice President James Alix MICHEL took over the presidency and in July 2006 was elected to a new five-year term; he was reelected in May 2011.

How big is Seychelles 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.