Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Congo, Democratic Republic Of instead of Zimbabwe, you would:

Health

be 94.7% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Zimbabwe, 13.3% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Congo, Democratic Republic Of, that number is 0.7% of people.

be 56.8% less likely to be obese


In Zimbabwe, 15.5% of adults are obese. In Congo, Democratic Republic Of, that number is 6.7% of people.

live 2.7 years less


In Zimbabwe, the average life expectancy is 60 years (58 years for men, 62 years for women). In Congo, Democratic Republic Of, that number is 58 years (56 years for men, 59 years for women).

Economy

be 12.9% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Zimbabwe, 72.3% live below the poverty line. In Congo, Democratic Republic Of, however, that number is 63.0%.

make 65.2% less money


Zimbabwe has a GDP per capita of $2,300, while in Congo, Democratic Republic Of, the GDP per capita is $800.

Life

be 11.0% less likely to be literate


In Zimbabwe, the literacy rate is 86.5%. In Congo, Democratic Republic Of, it is 77.0%.

be 56.4% more likely to die during childbirth


In Zimbabwe, approximately 443.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Congo, Democratic Republic Of, 693.0 women do.

be 2.1 times more likely to die during infancy


In Zimbabwe, approximately 32.7 children die before they reach the age of one. In Congo, Democratic Republic Of, on the other hand, 68.2 children do.

Basic Needs

be 77.5% less likely to have access to electricity


In Zimbabwe, 40% of people have electricity access (80% in urban areas, and 21% in rural areas). In Congo, Democratic Republic Of, that number is 9% of people on average (19% in urban areas, and 2% in rural areas).

be 83.5% less likely to have internet access


In Zimbabwe, approximately 23.1% of the population has internet access. In Congo, Democratic Republic Of, about 3.8% do.

be 31.9% less 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 Congo, Democratic Republic Of, that number is 52% of people on average (81% in urban areas, and 31% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 72.6% less on education


Zimbabwe spends 8.4% of its total GDP on education. Congo, Democratic Republic Of spends 2.3% of total GDP on education.

spend 32.8% less on healthcare


Zimbabwe spends 6.4% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Congo, Democratic Republic Of, that number is 4.3% of GDP.

Congo, Democratic Republic Of: At a glance

Congo, Democratic Republic Of is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 2,267,048 sq km. Established as a Belgian colony in 1908, the then-Republic of the Congo gained its independence in 1960, but its early years were marred by political and social instability. Col. Joseph MOBUTU seized power and declared himself president in a November 1965 coup. He subsequently changed his name - to MOBUTU Sese Seko - as well as that of the country - to Zaire. MOBUTU retained his position for 32 years through several sham elections, as well as through brutal force. Ethnic strife and civil war, touched off by a massive inflow of refugees in 1994 from fighting in Rwanda and Burundi, led in May 1997 to the toppling of the MOBUTU regime by a rebellion backed by Rwanda and Uganda and fronted by Laurent KABILA. He renamed the country the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), but in August 1998 his regime was itself challenged by a second insurrection again backed by Rwanda and Uganda. Troops from Angola, Chad, Namibia, Sudan, and Zimbabwe intervened to support KABILA's regime. In January 2001, KABILA was assassinated and his son, Joseph KABILA, was named head of state. In October 2002, the new president was successful in negotiating the withdrawal of Rwandan forces occupying the eastern DRC; two months later, the Pretoria Accord was signed by all remaining warring parties to end the fighting and establish a government of national unity. A transitional government was set up in July 2003; it held a successful constitutional referendum in December 2005 and elections for the presidency, National Assembly, and provincial legislatures took place in 2006. In 2009, following a resurgence of conflict in the eastern DRC, the government signed a peace agreement with the National Congress for the Defense of the People (CNDP), a primarily Tutsi rebel group. An attempt to integrate CNDP members into the Congolese military failed, prompting their defection in 2012 and the formation of the M23 armed group - named after the 23 March 2009 peace agreements. Renewed conflict has lead to the displacement of large numbers of people and significant human rights abuses. As of February 2013, peace talks between the Congolese government and the M23 were on-going. In addition, the DRC continues to experience violence committed by other armed groups including the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda and Mai Mai groups. In the most recent national elections, held in November 2011, disputed results allowed Joseph KABILA to be reelected to the presidency.

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

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