Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 54.4% less likely to be obese


In United States, 36.2% of adults are obese. In Swaziland, that number is 16.5% of people.

live 27.9 years less


In United States, the average life expectancy is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women). In Swaziland, that number is 52 years (53 years for men, 52 years for women).

Economy

spend 16.7% less on taxes


United States has a top tax rate of 39.6%. In Swaziland, the top tax rate is 33.0%.

make 83.4% less money


United States has a GDP per capita of $59,500, while in Swaziland, the GDP per capita is $9,900.

be 6.4 times more likely to be unemployed


In United States, 4.4% of adults are unemployed. In Swaziland, that number is 28.0%.

be 4.2 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In United States, 15.1% live below the poverty line. In Swaziland, however, that number is 63.0%.

Life

have 92.0% more children


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

be 27.8 times more likely to die during childbirth


In United States, approximately 14.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Swaziland, 389.0 women do.

be 8.3 times more likely to die during infancy


In United States, approximately 5.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Swaziland, on the other hand, 48.4 children do.

Basic Needs

be 73.0% less likely to have access to electricity


In United States, 100% of the population has electricity access. In Swaziland, 27% of the population do.

be 62.5% less likely to have internet access


In United States, approximately 76.2% of the population has internet access. In Swaziland, about 28.6% do.

be 25.3% less likely to have access to improved drinking water


In United States, approximately 99% of people have improved drinking water access (99% in urban areas, and 98% in rural areas). In Swaziland, that number is 74% of people on average (94% in urban areas, and 69% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 45.6% less on healthcare


United States spends 17.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Swaziland, that number is 9.3% of GDP.

spend 42.0% more on education


United States spends 5.0% of its total GDP on education. Swaziland spends 7.1% of total GDP on education.

Learn more about Swaziland

Swaziland is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 17,204 sq km. Autonomy for the Swazis of southern Africa was guaranteed by the British in the late 19th century; independence was granted in 1968. Student and labor unrest during the 1990s pressured King MSWATI III, Africa's last absolute monarch, to grudgingly allow political reform and greater democracy, although he has backslid on these promises in recent years. A constitution came into effect in 2006, but the legal status of political parties remains unclear. The African United Democratic Party tried unsuccessfully to register as an official political party in mid 2006. Talks over the constitution broke down between the government and progressive groups in 2007. Swaziland recently surpassed Botswana as the country with the world's highest known HIV/AIDS prevalence rate.

How big is Swaziland compared to United States? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: Swaziland Revenue Authority, The World Factbook, Internal Revenue Service.