Quality of Life Comparison


If you lived in Vanuatu instead of Uruguay, you would:


live 3.7 years less

In Uruguay, the average life expectancy is 77 years (74 years for men, 81 years for women). In Vanuatu, that number is 74 years (72 years for men, 75 years for women).


be 76.7% less likely to be unemployed

In Uruguay, 7.3% of adults are unemployed. In Vanuatu, that number is 1.7%.

make 87.9% less money

Uruguay has a GDP per capita of $22,400, while in Vanuatu, the GDP per capita is $2,700.


have 84.6% more children

In Uruguay, there are approximately 13.0 babies per 1,000 people. In Vanuatu, there are 24.0 babies per 1,000 people.

be 5.2 times more likely to die during childbirth

In Uruguay, approximately 15.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Vanuatu, 78.0 women do.

be 13.5% less likely to be literate

In Uruguay, the literacy rate is 98.5%. In Vanuatu, it is 85.2%.

be 73.5% more likely to die during infancy

In Uruguay, approximately 8.3 children die before they reach the age of one. In Vanuatu, on the other hand, 14.4 children do.

Basic Needs

be 72.8% less likely to have access to electricity

In Uruguay, 99% of people have electricity access (100% in urban areas, and 94% in rural areas). In Vanuatu, that number is 27% of people on average (55% in urban areas, and 18% in rural areas).

be 63.9% less likely to have internet access

In Uruguay, approximately 66.4% of the population has internet access. In Vanuatu, about 24.0% do.


spend 41.9% less on healthcare

Uruguay spends 8.6% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Vanuatu, that number is 5.0% of GDP.

spend 25.0% more on education

Uruguay spends 4.4% of its total GDP on education. Vanuatu spends 5.5% of total GDP on education.


see 3.8 times more coastline

Uruguay has a total of 660 km of coastline. In Vanuatu, that number is 2,528 km.

Vanuatu: At a glance

Vanuatu is a sovereign country in Australia-Oceania, with a total land area of approximately 12,189 sq km. Multiple waves of colonizers, each speaking a distinct language, migrated to the New Hebrides in the millennia preceding European exploration in the 18th century. This settlement pattern accounts for the complex linguistic diversity found on the archipelago to this day. The British and French, who settled the New Hebrides in the 19th century, agreed in 1906 to an Anglo-French Condominium, which administered the islands until independence in 1980, when the new name of Vanuatu was adopted.

How big is Vanuatu compared to Uruguay? 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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