Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 27.1% less likely to be obese


In United States, 36.2% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Suriname, that number is 26.4% of people as of 2016.

live 7.0 years less


In United States, the average life expectancy is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women) as of 2020. In Suriname, that number is 73 years (71 years for men, 76 years for women) as of 2020.

Economy

make 75.1% less money


United States has a GDP per capita of $59,800 as of 2017, while in Suriname, the GDP per capita is $14,900 as of 2017.

be 2.0 times more likely to be unemployed


In United States, 4.4% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Suriname, that number is 8.9% as of 2017.

be 4.6 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In United States, 15.1% live below the poverty line as of 2010. In Suriname, however, that number is 70.0% as of 2002.

Life

have 20.2% more children


In United States, there are approximately 12.4 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Suriname, there are 14.9 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

be 6.3 times more likely to die during childbirth


In United States, approximately 19.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Suriname, 120.0 women do as of 2017.

be 4.2 times more likely to die during infancy


In United States, approximately 5.3 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Suriname, on the other hand, 22.1 children do as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 12.8% less likely to have access to electricity


In United States, approximately 100% of the population has electricity access as of 2016. In Suriname, 87% of the population do as of 2016.

be 43.9% less likely to have internet access


In United States, approximately 87.3% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Suriname, about 49.0% do as of 2018.

Geography

see 98.1% less coastline


United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In Suriname, that number is 386 km.

Suriname: At a glance

Suriname is a sovereign country in South America, with a total land area of approximately 156,000 sq km. First explored by the Spaniards in the 16th century and then settled by the English in the mid-17th century, Suriname became a Dutch colony in 1667. With the abolition of African slavery in 1863, workers were brought in from India and Java. Independence from the Netherlands was granted in 1975. Five years later the civilian government was replaced by a military regime that soon declared a socialist republic. It continued to exert control through a succession of nominally civilian administrations until 1987, when international pressure finally forced a democratic election. In 1990, the military overthrew the civilian leadership, but a democratically elected government - a four-party coalition - returned to power in 1991. The coalition expanded to eight parties in 2005 and ruled until August 2010, when voters returned former military leader Desire BOUTERSE and his opposition coalition to power.

How big is Suriname 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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