Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 79.7% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Zimbabwe, 13.3% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Rwanda, that number is 2.7% of people.

live 3.9 years longer


In Zimbabwe, the average life expectancy is 60 years (58 years for men, 62 years for women). In Rwanda, that number is 64 years (62 years for men, 66 years for women).

be 62.6% less likely to be obese


In Zimbabwe, 15.5% of adults are obese. In Rwanda, that number is 5.8% of people.

Economy

be 76.1% less likely to be unemployed


In Zimbabwe, 11.3% of adults are unemployed. In Rwanda, that number is 2.7%.

be 45.9% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Zimbabwe, 72.3% live below the poverty line. In Rwanda, however, that number is 39.1%.

spend 40.0% less on taxes


Zimbabwe has a top tax rate of 50.0%. In Rwanda, the top tax rate is 30.0%.

Life

be 34.5% less likely to die during childbirth


In Zimbabwe, approximately 443.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Rwanda, 290.0 women do.

be 18.5% less likely to be literate


In Zimbabwe, the literacy rate is 86.5%. In Rwanda, it is 70.5%.

have 10.2% less children


In Zimbabwe, there are approximately 34.2 babies per 1,000 people. In Rwanda, there are 30.7 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 47.5% 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 Rwanda, that number is 21% of people on average (67% in urban areas, and 5% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 58.3% less on education


Zimbabwe spends 8.4% of its total GDP on education. Rwanda spends 3.5% of total GDP on education.

spend 17.2% more on healthcare


Zimbabwe spends 6.4% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Rwanda, that number is 7.5% of GDP.

Rwanda: At a glance

Rwanda is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 24,668 sq km. In 1959, three years before independence from Belgium, the majority ethnic group, the Hutus, overthrew the ruling Tutsi king. Over the next several years, thousands of Tutsis were killed, and some 150,000 driven into exile in neighboring countries. The children of these exiles later formed a rebel group, the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF), and began a civil war in 1990. The war, along with several political and economic upheavals, exacerbated ethnic tensions, culminating in April 1994 in a state-orchestrated genocide, in which Rwandans killed up to a million of their fellow citizens, including approximately three-quarters of the Tutsi population. The genocide ended later that same year when the predominantly Tutsi RPF, operating out of Uganda and northern Rwanda, defeated the national army and Hutu militias, and established an RPF-led government of national unity. Approximately 2 million Hutu refugees - many fearing Tutsi retribution - fled to neighboring Burundi, Tanzania, Uganda, and former Zaire. Since then, most of the refugees have returned to Rwanda, but several thousand remained in the neighboring Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC, the former Zaire) and formed an extremist insurgency bent on retaking Rwanda, much as the RPF did in 1990. Rwanda held its first local elections in 1999 and its first post-genocide presidential and legislative elections in 2003. Rwanda in 2009 staged a joint military operation with the Congolese Army in DRC to rout out the Hutu extremist insurgency there, and Kigali and Kinshasa restored diplomatic relations. Rwanda also joined the Commonwealth in late 2009. In January 2013, Rwanda assumed a nonpermanent seat on the UN Security Council for the 2013-14 term.

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


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

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