Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 19.8% less likely to be obese


In Vanuatu, 25.2% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Guyana, that number is 20.2% of people as of 2016.

live 5.1 years less


In Vanuatu, the average life expectancy is 75 years (73 years for men, 76 years for women) as of 2020. In Guyana, that number is 70 years (66 years for men, 73 years for women) as of 2020.

Economy

make 3.0 times more money


Vanuatu has a GDP per capita of $2,700 as of 2017, while in Guyana, the GDP per capita is $8,100 as of 2017.

be 6.5 times more likely to be unemployed


In Vanuatu, 1.7% of adults are unemployed as of 1999. In Guyana, that number is 11.1% as of 2013.

Life

be 9.3 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Vanuatu, approximately 72.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Guyana, 667.0 women do as of 2017.

be 2.2 times more likely to die during infancy


In Vanuatu, approximately 12.7 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Guyana, on the other hand, 27.6 children do as of 2020.

have 30.8% fewer children


In Vanuatu, there are approximately 22.4 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Guyana, there are 15.5 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 45.7% more likely to have access to electricity


In Vanuatu, approximately 58% of people have electricity access (91% in urban areas, and 46% in rural areas) as of 2016. In Guyana, that number is 84% of people on average (90% in urban areas, and 82% in rural areas) as of 2016.

be 45.1% more likely to have internet access


In Vanuatu, approximately 25.7% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Guyana, about 37.3% do as of 2018.

Expenditures

spend 34.0% more on education


Vanuatu spends 4.7% of its total GDP on education as of 2017. Guyana spends 6.3% of total GDP on education as of 2017.

Geography

see 81.8% less coastline


Vanuatu has a total of 2,528 km of coastline. In Guyana, that number is 459 km.

Guyana: At a glance

Guyana is a sovereign country in South America, with a total land area of approximately 196,849 sq km. Originally a Dutch colony in the 17th century, by 1815 Guyana had become a British possession. The abolition of slavery led to settlement of urban areas by former slaves and the importation of indentured servants from India to work the sugar plantations. The resulting ethnocultural divide has persisted and has led to turbulent politics. Guyana achieved independence from the UK in 1966, and since then it has been ruled mostly by socialist-oriented governments. In 1992, Cheddi JAGAN was elected president in what is considered the country's first free and fair election since independence. After his death five years later, his wife, Janet JAGAN, became president but resigned in 1999 due to poor health. Her successor, Bharrat JAGDEO, was reelected in 2001 and again in 2006. Donald RAMOTAR was elected president in 2011.

How big is Guyana compared to Vanuatu? 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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