Quality of Life Comparison


If you lived in France instead of Yemen, you would:


live 16.0 years longer

In Yemen, the average life expectancy is 66 years (64 years for men, 68 years for women). In France, that number is 82 years (79 years for men, 85 years for women).

be 26.3% more likely to be obese

In Yemen, 17.1% of adults are obese. In France, that number is 21.6% of people.


make 33.7 times more money

Yemen has a GDP per capita of $1,300, while in France, the GDP per capita is $43,800.

be 64.8% less likely to be unemployed

In Yemen, 27.0% of adults are unemployed. In France, that number is 9.5%.

be 73.7% less likely to be live below the poverty line

In Yemen, 54.0% live below the poverty line. In France, however, that number is 14.2%.

spend 3.3 times more on taxes

Yemen has a top tax rate of 15.0%. In France, the top tax rate is 50.2%.


be 97.9% less likely to die during childbirth

In Yemen, approximately 385.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In France, 8.0 women do.

be 93.0% less likely to die during infancy

In Yemen, approximately 46.0 children die before they reach the age of one. In France, on the other hand, 3.2 children do.

have 57.0% less children

In Yemen, there are approximately 28.4 babies per 1,000 people. In France, there are 12.2 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 2.1 times more likely to have access to electricity

In Yemen, 48% of the population has electricity access. In France, 100% of the population do.

be 3.5 times more likely to have internet access

In Yemen, approximately 24.6% of the population has internet access. In France, about 85.6% do.

be 82.1% more likely to have access to improved drinking water

In Yemen, approximately 55% of people have improved drinking water access (72% in urban areas, and 46% in rural areas). In France, that number is 100% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas).


spend 19.6% more on education

Yemen spends 4.6% of its total GDP on education. France spends 5.5% of total GDP on education.

spend 2.1 times more on healthcare

Yemen spends 5.6% of its total GDP on healthcare. In France, that number is 11.5% of GDP.


see 79.8% more coastline

Yemen has a total of 1,906 km of coastline. In France, that number is 3,427 km.

France: At a glance

France is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 549,970 sq km. France today is one of the most modern countries in the world and is a leader among European nations. It plays an influential global role as a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, NATO, the G-8, the G-20, the EU and other multilateral organizations. France rejoined NATO's integrated military command structure in 2009, reversing DE GAULLE's 1966 decision to take French forces out of NATO. Since 1958, it has constructed a hybrid presidential-parliamentary governing system resistant to the instabilities experienced in earlier, more purely parliamentary administrations. In recent decades, its reconciliation and cooperation with Germany have proved central to the economic integration of Europe, including the introduction of a common currency, the euro, in January 1999. In the early 21st century, five French overseas entities - French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Mayotte, and Reunion - became French regions and were made part of France proper.

How big is France compared to Yemen? See an in-depth size comparison.

The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: Yemen Tax Authority, The World Factbook, Direction Générale des Finances Publiques.


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