Quality of Life Comparison


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


be 20.0 times more likely to be living with HIV/AIDS

In Yemen, 0.1% of people are living with AIDS/HIV as of 2018. In Haiti, that number is 2.0% of people as of 2018.

live 1.6 years less

In Yemen, the average life expectancy is 67 years (65 years for men, 69 years for women) as of 2020. In Haiti, that number is 65 years (63 years for men, 68 years for women) as of 2020.

be 32.7% more likely to be obese

In Yemen, 17.1% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Haiti, that number is 22.7% of people as of 2016.


make 28.0% less money

Yemen has a GDP per capita of $2,500 as of 2017, while in Haiti, the GDP per capita is $1,800 as of 2017.

be 50.4% more likely to be unemployed

In Yemen, 27.0% of adults are unemployed as of 2014. In Haiti, that number is 40.6% as of 2010.


be 2.9 times more likely to die during childbirth

In Yemen, approximately 164.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Haiti, 480.0 women do as of 2017.

be 12.0% less likely to be literate

In Yemen, the literacy rate is 70.1% as of 2015. In Haiti, it is 61.7% as of 2016.

have 15.9% fewer children

In Yemen, there are approximately 25.8 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Haiti, there are 21.7 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 21.5% more likely to have internet access

In Yemen, approximately 26.7% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Haiti, about 32.5% do as of 2018.

be 17.7% less likely to have access to electricity

In Yemen, approximately 47% of people have electricity access (72% in urban areas, and 32% in rural areas) as of 2017. In Haiti, that number is 39% of people on average (65% in urban areas, and 0% in rural areas) as of 2017.

be 18.5% less likely to have access to improved drinking water

In Yemen, approximately 92% of people have improved drinking water access (100% in urban areas, and 88% in rural areas) as of 2017. In Haiti, that number is 75% of people on average (92% in urban areas, and 55% in rural areas) as of 2017.

Haiti: At a glance

Haiti is a sovereign country in Central America/Caribbean, with a total land area of approximately 27,560 sq km. The native Taino - who inhabited the island of Hispaniola when it was discovered by Christopher COLUMBUS in 1492 - were virtually annihilated by Spanish settlers within 25 years. In the early 17th century, the French established a presence on Hispaniola. In 1697, Spain ceded to the French the western third of the island, which later became Haiti. The French colony, based on forestry and sugar-related industries, became one of the wealthiest in the Caribbean but only through the heavy importation of African slaves and considerable environmental degradation. In the late 18th century, Haiti's nearly half million slaves revolted under Toussaint L'OUVERTURE. After a prolonged struggle, Haiti became the first post-colonial black-led nation in the world, declaring its independence in 1804. Currently the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, Haiti has experienced political instability for most of its history. After an armed rebellion led to the forced resignation and exile of President Jean-Bertrand ARISTIDE in February 2004, an interim government took office to organize new elections under the auspices of the United Nations. Continued instability and technical delays prompted repeated postponements, but Haiti inaugurated a democratically elected president and parliament in May of 2006. This was followed by contested elections in 2010 that resulted in the election of Haiti's current President, Michel MARTELLY. A massive magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti in January 2010 with an epicenter about 25 km (15 mi) west of the capital, Port-au-Prince. Estimates are that over 300,000 people were killed and some 1.5 million left homeless. The earthquake was assessed as the worst in this region over the last 200 years.

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The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook.


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