Facts & Figures

  • Cambodia has a total of 16 million inhabitants.
  • Life expectancy is 69,5 years on average.
  • Almost 33% of the population is under 14 years of age; 64% are between the ages of 15 and 64, with slightly less than 4% being over the age of 65. The average age is just under 22 years.
  • Infant mortality for children below 5 years of age: 82 children in 1000 (in Switzerland the corresponding ratio is 4 from 1000).
  • According to the estimates of UNICEF, Cambodia has some 670'000 orphans. This figure includes not only those that have lost one or both parents, but those who have been abandoned, because their families could no longer afford to feed them.
  • The majority of the Cambodian population earns less than a dollar per day.
  • 39% percent of the population has no access to clean drinking water.
  • Approximately 24% of the population is illiterate.
  • Total tonnage of the explosive ordnance dropped on Cambodia: 539'000 tons (more than was dropped by all belligerent parties combined in WWII).
  • Today, between 4 and 6 million land mines have not been defused; each day, at least 2 mines explode, every third victim is a child.
  • Cambodia has the most landmine amputees in the world: Some 35'000 people have accidentally lost feet, legs or arms.
  • HDI-ranking 143rd from 188 countries (2016). The Human Development Index is an indicator of welfare levels in different countries. It is published annually by the United Nations. It looks at three main criteria: Long and healthy life, education and quality of living. A country's HDI ranking provides an indication of its position in comparison to the total number of countries reviewed.

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