Quality of Life Comparison

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

Health

be 23.2% less likely to be obese


In United States, 36.2% of adults are obese. In Syria, that number is 27.8% of people.

live 4.9 years less


In United States, the average life expectancy is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women). In Syria, that number is 75 years (73 years for men, 78 years for women).

Economy

spend 44.4% less on taxes


United States has a top tax rate of 39.6%. In Syria, the top tax rate is 22.0%.

make 95.1% less money


United States has a GDP per capita of $59,500, while in Syria, the GDP per capita is $2,900.

be 11.4 times more likely to be unemployed


In United States, 4.4% of adults are unemployed. In Syria, that number is 50.0%.

be 5.5 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In United States, 15.1% live below the poverty line. In Syria, however, that number is 82.5%.

Life

have 69.6% more children


In United States, there are approximately 12.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Syria, there are 21.2 babies per 1,000 people.

be 4.9 times more likely to die during childbirth


In United States, approximately 14.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Syria, 68.0 women do.

be 2.6 times more likely to die during infancy


In United States, approximately 5.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Syria, on the other hand, 14.8 children do.

Basic Needs

be 58.1% less likely to have internet access


In United States, approximately 76.2% of the population has internet access. In Syria, about 31.9% do.

Expenditures

spend 80.7% less on healthcare


United States spends 17.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Syria, that number is 3.3% of GDP.

Geography

see 99.0% less coastline


United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In Syria, that number is 193 km.

Learn more about Syria

Syria is a sovereign country in Middle East, with a total land area of approximately 183,630 sq km. Following World War I, France acquired a mandate over the northern portion of the former Ottoman Empire province of Syria. The French administered the area as Syria until granting it independence in 1946. The new country lacked political stability, however, and experienced a series of military coups during its first decades. Syria united with Egypt in February 1958 to form the United Arab Republic. In September 1961, the two entities separated, and the Syrian Arab Republic was reestablished. In November 1970, Hafiz al-ASAD, a member of the socialist Ba'th Party and the minority Alawi sect, seized power in a bloodless coup and brought political stability to the country. In the 1967 Arab-Israeli War, Syria lost the Golan Heights to Israel. During the 1990s, Syria and Israel held occasional peace talks over its return. Following the death of President al-ASAD, his son, Bashar al-ASAD, was approved as president by popular referendum in July 2000. Syrian troops - stationed in Lebanon since 1976 in an ostensible peacekeeping role - were withdrawn in April 2005. During the July-August 2006 conflict between Israel and Hizballah, Syria placed its military forces on alert but did not intervene directly on behalf of its ally Hizballah. In May 2007 Bashar al-ASAD's second term as president was approved by popular referendum. Influenced by major uprisings that began elsewhere in the region, antigovernment protests broke out in the southern province of Dar'a in March 2011 with protesters calling for the repeal of the restrictive Emergency Law allowing arrests without charge, the legalization of political parties, and the removal of corrupt local officials. Since then demonstrations and unrest have spread to nearly every city in Syria, but the size and intensity of protests have fluctuated over time. The government responded to unrest with a mix of concessions - including the repeal of the Emergency Law and approving new laws permitting new political parties and liberalizing local and national elections - and force. However, the government's response has failed to meet opposition demands for ASAD to step down, and the government's ongoing security operations to quell unrest and widespread armed opposition activity have led to extended violent clashes between government forces and oppositionists. International pressure on the ASAD regime has intensified since late 2011, as the Arab League, EU, Turkey, and the United States have expanded economic sanctions against the regime. Lakhdar BRAHIMI, current Joint Special Representative of the United Nations and the League of Arab States on the Syrian crisis, in October 2012 began meeting with regional heads of state to assist in brokering a cease-fire. In December 2012, the National Coalition of Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces was recognized by more than 130 countries as the sole legitimate representative of the Syrian people. Unrest persisted in 2013, and the death toll among Syrian Government forces, opposition forces, and civilians has topped 100,000. In January 2014, the Syrian Opposition Coalition and Syrian regime began peace talks at the UN sponsored Geneva II conference.

How big is Syria 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, Syria, Internal Revenue Service.