Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 93.2% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Zimbabwe, 13.3% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Ethiopia, that number is 0.9% of people.

live 2.2 years longer


In Zimbabwe, the average life expectancy is 60 years (58 years for men, 62 years for women). In Ethiopia, that number is 63 years (60 years for men, 65 years for women).

be 71.0% less likely to be obese


In Zimbabwe, 15.5% of adults are obese. In Ethiopia, that number is 4.5% of people.

Economy

be 59.1% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Zimbabwe, 72.3% live below the poverty line. In Ethiopia, however, that number is 29.6%.

spend 30.0% less on taxes


Zimbabwe has a top tax rate of 50.0%. In Ethiopia, the top tax rate is 35.0%.

be 54.9% more likely to be unemployed


In Zimbabwe, 11.3% of adults are unemployed. In Ethiopia, that number is 17.5%.

Life

be 20.3% less likely to die during childbirth


In Zimbabwe, approximately 443.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Ethiopia, 353.0 women do.

be 43.2% less likely to be literate


In Zimbabwe, the literacy rate is 86.5%. In Ethiopia, it is 49.1%.

be 51.7% more likely to die during infancy


In Zimbabwe, approximately 32.7 children die before they reach the age of one. In Ethiopia, on the other hand, 49.6 children do.

Basic Needs

be 40.0% 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 Ethiopia, that number is 24% of people on average (85% in urban areas, and 10% in rural areas).

be 33.3% less likely to have internet access


In Zimbabwe, approximately 23.1% of the population has internet access. In Ethiopia, about 15.4% do.

be 25.5% 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 Ethiopia, that number is 57% of people on average (93% in urban areas, and 49% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 46.4% less on education


Zimbabwe spends 8.4% of its total GDP on education. Ethiopia spends 4.5% of total GDP on education.

spend 23.4% less on healthcare


Zimbabwe spends 6.4% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Ethiopia, that number is 4.9% of GDP.

Ethiopia: At a glance

Ethiopia is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 1,000,000 sq km. Unique among African countries, the ancient Ethiopian monarchy maintained its freedom from colonial rule with the exception of a short-lived Italian occupation from 1936-41. In 1974, a military junta, the Derg, deposed Emperor Haile SELASSIE (who had ruled since 1930) and established a socialist state. Torn by bloody coups, uprisings, wide-scale drought, and massive refugee problems, the regime was finally toppled in 1991 by a coalition of rebel forces, the Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF). A constitution was adopted in 1994, and Ethiopia's first multiparty elections were held in 1995. A border war with Eritrea late in the 1990s ended with a peace treaty in December 2000. In November 2007, the Eritrea-Ethiopia Border Commission (EEBC) issued specific coordinates as virtually demarcating the border and pronounced its work finished. Alleging that the EEBC acted beyond its mandate in issuing the coordinates, Ethiopia has not accepted them and has not withdrawn troops from previously contested areas pronounced by the EEBC as belonging to Eritrea. In August 2012, longtime leader Prime Minister MELES Zenawi died in office and was replaced by his Deputy Prime Minister HAILEMARIAM Desalegn, marking the first peaceful transition of power in decades.

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


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Ethiopian Revenues and Customs Authority, Zimbabwe Revenue Authority.

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