Quality of Life Comparison


If you lived in Sao Tome and Principe instead of Yemen, you would:


be 27.5% less likely to be obese

In Yemen, 17.1% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Sao Tome and Principe, that number is 12.4% of people as of 2016.


make 28.0% more money

Yemen has a GDP per capita of $2,500 as of 2017, while in Sao Tome and Principe, the GDP per capita is $3,200 as of 2017.

be 54.8% less likely to be unemployed

In Yemen, 27.0% of adults are unemployed as of 2014. In Sao Tome and Principe, that number is 12.2% as of 2017.

be 22.6% more likely to be live below the poverty line

In Yemen, 54.0% live below the poverty line as of 2014. In Sao Tome and Principe, however, that number is 66.2% as of 2009.


be 20.7% less likely to die during childbirth

In Yemen, approximately 164.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Sao Tome and Principe, 130.0 women do as of 2017.

be 32.4% more likely to be literate

In Yemen, the literacy rate is 70.1% as of 2015. In Sao Tome and Principe, it is 92.8% as of 2018.

have 15.1% more children

In Yemen, there are approximately 25.8 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Sao Tome and Principe, there are 29.7 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 44.7% more 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 Sao Tome and Principe, that number is 68% of people on average (87% in urban areas, and 22% in rural areas) as of 2017.

be 12.0% more likely to have internet access

In Yemen, approximately 26.7% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Sao Tome and Principe, about 29.9% do as of 2018.


see 89.0% less coastline

Yemen has a total of 1,906 km of coastline. In Sao Tome and Principe, that number is 209 km.

Sao Tome and Principe: At a glance

Sao Tome and Principe is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 964 sq km. Discovered and claimed by Portugal in the late 15th century, the islands' sugar-based economy gave way to coffee and cocoa in the 19th century - all grown with African plantation slave labor, a form of which lingered into the 20th century. While independence was achieved in 1975, democratic reforms were not instituted until the late 1980s. The country held its first free elections in 1991, but frequent internal wrangling between the various political parties precipitated repeated changes in leadership and two failed coup attempts in 1995 and 2003. In 2012, three opposition parties combined in a no confidence vote to bring down the majority government of former Prime Minister Patrice TROVOADA. The new government of Prime Minister Gabriel Arcanjo Ferreira DA COSTA is entirely composed of opposition party members with limited experience in governance. New oil discoveries in the Gulf of Guinea may attract increased attention to the small island nation.

How big is Sao Tome and Principe compared to Yemen? 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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