Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 3.7 years longer


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

be 10.7% more likely to be obese


In Vanuatu, 25.2% of adults are obese. In Uruguay, that number is 27.9% of people.

Economy

make 8.3 times more money


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

be 4.3 times more likely to be unemployed


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

Life

be 80.8% less likely to die during childbirth


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

be 15.6% more likely to be literate


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

be 42.4% less likely to die during infancy


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

have 45.8% fewer children


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

Basic Needs

be 3.7 times more likely to have access to electricity


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

be 2.8 times more likely to have internet access


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

Expenditures

spend 20.0% less on education


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

spend 72.0% more on healthcare


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

Geography

see 73.9% less coastline


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

Uruguay: At a glance

Uruguay is a sovereign country in South America, with a total land area of approximately 175,015 sq km. Montevideo, founded by the Spanish in 1726 as a military stronghold, soon took advantage of its natural harbor to become an important commercial center. Claimed by Argentina but annexed by Brazil in 1821, Uruguay declared its independence four years later and secured its freedom in 1828 after a three-year struggle. The administrations of President Jose BATLLE in the early 20th century launched widespread political, social, and economic reforms that established a statist tradition. A violent Marxist urban guerrilla movement named the Tupamaros, launched in the late 1960s, led Uruguay's president to cede control of the government to the military in 1973. By yearend, the rebels had been crushed, but the military continued to expand its hold over the government. Civilian rule was not restored until 1985. In 2004, the left-of-center Frente Amplio Coalition won national elections that effectively ended 170 years of political control previously held by the Colorado and Blanco parties. Uruguay's political and labor conditions are among the freest on the continent.

How big is Uruguay 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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