Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Burkina Faso instead of Zambia, you would:

Health

be 93.0% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Zambia, 11.5% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Burkina Faso, that number is 0.8% of people.

live 3.2 years longer


In Zambia, the average life expectancy is 53 years (51 years for men, 54 years for women). In Burkina Faso, that number is 56 years (54 years for men, 58 years for women).

be 30.9% less likely to be obese


In Zambia, 8.1% of adults are obese. In Burkina Faso, that number is 5.6% of people.

Economy

be 26.3% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Zambia, 54.4% live below the poverty line. In Burkina Faso, however, that number is 40.1%.

make 52.5% less money


Zambia has a GDP per capita of $4,000, while in Burkina Faso, the GDP per capita is $1,900.

be 5.1 times more likely to be unemployed


In Zambia, 15.0% of adults are unemployed. In Burkina Faso, that number is 77.0%.

Life

be 65.6% more likely to die during childbirth


In Zambia, approximately 224.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Burkina Faso, 371.0 women do.

be 43.2% less likely to be literate


In Zambia, the literacy rate is 63.4%. In Burkina Faso, it is 36.0%.

be 18.2% more likely to die during infancy


In Zambia, approximately 61.1 children die before they reach the age of one. In Burkina Faso, on the other hand, 72.2 children do.

Basic Needs

be 25.8% more likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Zambia, approximately 65% of people have improved drinking water access (86% in urban areas, and 51% in rural areas). In Burkina Faso, that number is 82% of people on average (98% in urban areas, and 76% in rural areas).

be 34.6% less likely to have access to electricity


In Zambia, 26% of people have electricity access (45% in urban areas, and 14% in rural areas). In Burkina Faso, that number is 17% of people on average (56% in urban areas, and 1% in rural areas).

be 45.1% less likely to have internet access


In Zambia, approximately 25.5% of the population has internet access. In Burkina Faso, about 14.0% do.

Expenditures

spend 3.8 times more on education


Zambia spends 1.1% of its total GDP on education. Burkina Faso spends 4.2% of total GDP on education.

Burkina Faso: At a glance

Burkina Faso is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 273,800 sq km. Burkina Faso (formerly Upper Volta) achieved independence from France in 1960. Repeated military coups during the 1970s and 1980s were followed by multiparty elections in the early 1990s. Current President Blaise COMPAORE came to power in a 1987 military coup and has won every election since then. There have been increasing protests over the belief that the president may try to run for a currently unconstitutional third term in the 2015 presidential elections. Burkina Faso's high population growth and limited natural resources result in poor economic prospects for the majority of its citizens.

How big is Burkina Faso compared to Zambia? 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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