Quality of Life Comparison


If you lived in Equatorial Guinea instead of Zambia, you would:


be 37.2% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS

In Zambia, 11.3% of people are living with AIDS/HIV as of 2018. In Equatorial Guinea, that number is 7.1% of people as of 2018.

live 12.1 years longer

In Zambia, the average life expectancy is 54 years (52 years for men, 55 years for women) as of 2020. In Equatorial Guinea, that number is 66 years (64 years for men, 67 years for women) as of 2020.


make 9.3 times more money

Zambia has a GDP per capita of $4,000 as of 2017, while in Equatorial Guinea, the GDP per capita is $37,400 as of 2017.

be 42.7% less likely to be unemployed

In Zambia, 15.0% of adults are unemployed as of 2008. In Equatorial Guinea, that number is 8.6% as of 2014.

be 19.1% less likely to be live below the poverty line

In Zambia, 54.4% live below the poverty line as of 2015. In Equatorial Guinea, however, that number is 44.0% as of 2011.


be 41.3% more likely to die during childbirth

In Zambia, approximately 213.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Equatorial Guinea, 301.0 women do as of 2017.

have 24.0% fewer children

In Zambia, there are approximately 40.4 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Equatorial Guinea, there are 30.7 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 2.1 times more likely to have access to electricity

In Zambia, approximately 33% of people have electricity access (67% in urban areas, and 6% in rural areas) as of 2017. In Equatorial Guinea, that number is 68% of people on average (91% in urban areas, and 53% in rural areas) as of 2016.

be 83.5% more likely to have internet access

In Zambia, approximately 14.3% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Equatorial Guinea, about 26.2% do as of 2018.

Equatorial Guinea: At a glance

Equatorial Guinea is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 28,051 sq km. Equatorial Guinea gained independence in 1968 after 190 years of Spanish rule. This tiny country, composed of a mainland portion plus five inhabited islands, is one of the smallest on the African continent. President Teodoro Obiang NGUEMA MBASOGO has ruled the country since 1979 when he seized power in a coup. Although nominally a constitutional democracy since 1991, the 1996, 2002, and 2009 presidential elections - as well as the 1999, 2004, 2008, and 2013 legislative elections - were widely seen as flawed. The president exerts almost total control over the political system and has discouraged political opposition. Equatorial Guinea has experienced rapid economic growth due to the discovery of large offshore oil reserves, and in the last decade has become Sub-Saharan Africa's third largest oil exporter. Despite the country's economic windfall from oil production, resulting in a massive increase in government revenue in recent years, improvements in the population's living standards have been slow to develop.

How big is Equatorial Guinea 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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