Quality of Life Comparison


If you lived in Aruba instead of Zimbabwe, you would:


live 16.5 years longer

In Zimbabwe, the average life expectancy is 60 years (58 years for men, 62 years for women). In Aruba, that number is 77 years (74 years for men, 80 years for women).


make 11.0 times more money

Zimbabwe has a GDP per capita of $2,300, while in Aruba, the GDP per capita is $25,300.

be 38.9% less likely to be unemployed

In Zimbabwe, 11.3% of adults are unemployed. In Aruba, that number is 6.9%.

spend 18.0% more on taxes

Zimbabwe has a top tax rate of 50.0%. In Aruba, the top tax rate is 59.0%.


be 12.7% more likely to be literate

In Zimbabwe, the literacy rate is 86.5%. In Aruba, it is 97.5%.

be 67.3% less likely to die during infancy

In Zimbabwe, approximately 32.7 children die before they reach the age of one. In Aruba, on the other hand, 10.7 children do.

have 63.7% fewer children

In Zimbabwe, there are approximately 34.2 babies per 1,000 people. In Aruba, there are 12.4 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 2.3 times more likely to have access to electricity

In Zimbabwe, 40% of people have electricity access (80% in urban areas, and 21% in rural areas). In Aruba, that number is 91% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 80% in rural areas).

be 4.0 times more likely to have internet access

In Zimbabwe, approximately 23.1% of the population has internet access. In Aruba, about 93.5% do.

be 27.6% more likely to have access to improved drinking water

In Zimbabwe, approximately 77% of people have improved drinking water access (97% in urban areas, and 67% in rural areas). In Aruba, that number is 98% of people on average (98% in urban areas, and 98% in rural areas).


spend 22.6% less on education

Zimbabwe spends 8.4% of its total GDP on education. Aruba spends 6.5% of total GDP on education.

Aruba: At a glance

Aruba is a sovereign country in Central America/Caribbean, with a total land area of approximately 180 sq km. Discovered and claimed for Spain in 1499, Aruba was acquired by the Dutch in 1636. The island's economy has been dominated by three main industries. A 19th century gold rush was followed by prosperity brought on by the opening in 1924 of an oil refinery. The last decades of the 20th century saw a boom in the tourism industry. Aruba seceded from the Netherlands Antilles in 1986 and became a separate, autonomous member of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Movement toward full independence was halted at Aruba's request in 1990.

How big is Aruba compared to Zimbabwe? See an in-depth size comparison.

The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Ministerio di Finansas, Comunicacion, Utilidad y Energia, Zimbabwe Revenue Authority.


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