Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Sri Lanka instead of United States, you would:

Health

be 85.6% less likely to be obese


In United States, 36.2% of adults are obese. In Sri Lanka, that number is 5.2% of people.

live 3.1 years less


In United States, the average life expectancy is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women). In Sri Lanka, that number is 77 years (74 years for men, 81 years for women).

Economy

be 55.6% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In United States, 15.1% live below the poverty line. In Sri Lanka, however, that number is 6.7%.

spend 62.1% less on taxes


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

make 78.5% less money


United States has a GDP per capita of $59,500, while in Sri Lanka, the GDP per capita is $12,800.

Life

have 21.6% more children


In United States, there are approximately 12.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Sri Lanka, there are 15.2 babies per 1,000 people.

be 2.1 times more likely to die during childbirth


In United States, approximately 14.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Sri Lanka, 30.0 women do.

be 44.8% more likely to die during infancy


In United States, approximately 5.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Sri Lanka, on the other hand, 8.4 children do.

Basic Needs

be 57.9% less likely to have internet access


In United States, approximately 76.2% of the population has internet access. In Sri Lanka, about 32.1% do.

Expenditures

spend 30.0% less on education


United States spends 5.0% of its total GDP on education. Sri Lanka spends 3.5% of total GDP on education.

spend 79.5% less on healthcare


United States spends 17.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Sri Lanka, that number is 3.5% of GDP.

Geography

see 93.3% less coastline


United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In Sri Lanka, that number is 1,340 km.

Sri Lanka: At a glance

Sri Lanka is a sovereign country in South Asia, with a total land area of approximately 64,630 sq km. The first Sinhalese arrived in Sri Lanka late in the 6th century B.C., probably from northern India. Buddhism was introduced in about the mid-third century B.C., and a great civilization developed at the cities of Anuradhapura (kingdom from circa 200 B.C. to circa A.D. 1000) and Polonnaruwa (from about 1070 to 1200). In the 14th century, a south Indian dynasty established a Tamil kingdom in northern Sri Lanka. The coastal areas of the island were controlled by the Portuguese in the 16th century and by the Dutch in the 17th century. The island was ceded to the British in 1796, became a crown colony in 1802, and was formally united under British rule by 1815. As Ceylon, it became independent in 1948; its name was changed to Sri Lanka in 1972. Tensions between the Sinhalese majority and Tamil separatists erupted into war in 1983. After two decades of fighting, the government and Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) formalized a cease-fire in February 2002 with Norway brokering peace negotiations. Violence between the LTTE and government forces intensified in 2006, but the government regained control of the Eastern Province in 2007. By May 2009, the government announced that its military had defeated the remnants of the LTTE. Since the end of the conflict, the government has enacted an ambitious program of economic development projects, many of which are financed by loans from the Government of China. In addition to efforts to reconstruct its economy, the government has resettled more than 95% of those civilians who were displaced during the final phase of the conflict and released the vast majority of former LTTE combatants captured by Government Security Forces. At the same time, there has been little progress on more contentious and politically difficult issues such as reaching a political settlement with Tamil elected representatives and holding accountable those alleged to have been involved in human rights violations and other abuses during the conflict.

How big is Sri Lanka 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, Sri Lanka Inland Revenue Department.

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