Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 71.0% less likely to be obese


In Uruguay, 27.9% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Zambia, that number is 8.1% of people as of 2016.

be 18.8 times more likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Uruguay, 0.6% of people are living with AIDS/HIV as of 2018. In Zambia, that number is 11.3% of people as of 2018.

live 24.3 years less


In Uruguay, the average life expectancy is 78 years (75 years for men, 81 years for women) as of 2020. In Zambia, that number is 54 years (52 years for men, 55 years for women) as of 2020.

Economy

make 82.1% less money


Uruguay has a GDP per capita of $22,400 as of 2017, while in Zambia, the GDP per capita is $4,000 as of 2017.

be 97.4% more likely to be unemployed


In Uruguay, 7.6% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Zambia, that number is 15.0% as of 2008.

be 5.6 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In Uruguay, 9.7% live below the poverty line as of 2015. In Zambia, however, that number is 54.4% as of 2015.

pay a 16.7% higher top tax rate


Uruguay has a top tax rate of 30.0% as of 2016. In Zambia, the top tax rate is 35.0% as of 2016.

Life

have 3.1 times more children


In Uruguay, there are approximately 12.9 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Zambia, there are 40.4 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

be 12.5 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Uruguay, approximately 17.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Zambia, 213.0 women do as of 2017.

be 12.2% less likely to be literate


In Uruguay, the literacy rate is 98.7% as of 2018. In Zambia, it is 86.7% as of 2018.

be 7.2 times more likely to die during infancy


In Uruguay, approximately 7.8 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Zambia, on the other hand, 56.0 children do as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 67.0% less likely to have access to electricity


In Uruguay, approximately 100% of the population has electricity access as of 2016. In Zambia, 33% of the population do as of 2017.

be 79.1% less likely to have internet access


In Uruguay, approximately 68.3% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Zambia, about 14.3% do as of 2018.

be 32.3% less likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Uruguay, approximately 100% of people have improved drinking water access (100% in urban areas, and 94% in rural areas) as of 2017. In Zambia, that number is 68% of people on average (90% in urban areas, and 51% in rural areas) as of 2017.

Zambia: At a glance

Zambia is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 743,398 sq km. The territory of Northern Rhodesia was administered by the [British] South Africa Company from 1891 until it was taken over by the UK in 1923. During the 1920s and 1930s, advances in mining spurred development and immigration. The name was changed to Zambia upon independence in 1964. In the 1980s and 1990s, declining copper prices, economic mismanagement and a prolonged drought hurt the economy. Elections in 1991 brought an end to one-party rule, but the subsequent vote in 1996 saw blatant harassment of opposition parties. The election in 2001 was marked by administrative problems with three parties filing a legal petition challenging the election of ruling party candidate Levy MWANAWASA. MWANAWASA was reelected in 2006 in an election that was deemed free and fair. Upon his abrupt death in August 2008, he was succeeded by his vice president, Rupiah BANDA, who subsequently won a special presidential by-election in October 2008. Michael SATA was elected president in September 2011.

How big is Zambia compared to Uruguay? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Zambia Revenue Authority, Dirección General Impositiva.

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