Cambodia – Still developing

RobertoSerrini

Director Roberto Serrini created an incredibly moving piece of footage about Cambodia that was taken using a GoPro and a DJI Phantom drone. The resulting piece of work is a beautiful collection of people, farmland, homes and communities that show what Cambodia is like beyond the confines of the tourist spots of Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Sihanoukville. Check it out here.

And just while I am on the topic of Cambodia beyond the tourism, I thought i would give a few statistics about the Kingdom of Wonder to put this amazing country into perspective. Makes you really appreciate where we come from and the opportunities we have when we are fortunate enough to grow up in the “west”. In certain parts of this country it is very easy to forget where you are – there are lovely restaurants, wine bars, shopping centres, comfortable hotels and access to good health care services (if you have the money!). The bubble of Phnom Penh makes it very easy to forget that this is a country that has faced incredible hardship in the last 50 years and is still suffering. Even beyond the atrocities of the Khmer Rouge, this is a country that has made very small steps to develop in the modern age – the majority of the population live in the countryside, many do not have access to clean running water, children die from basic preventable health conditions such as diarrhea at an alarming rate. And on top of this, corruption cripples the country from being able to realise its potential.

Rural Cambodia

Rural Cambodia

Population

  • Cambodia- 15 million
  • Australia – 24.4 million

GDP per Capita (USD)

  • Cambodia – $830
  • Australia – $46,220

Population aged 0-24

  • Cambodia – 53%
  • Australia – 31.7%

Median age

  • Cambodia- 23.4
  • Australia – 37.3

Percentage of population in urban areas

  • Cambodia – 20%
  • Australia – 89%

Population of  biggest city

  • Phnom Penh – 1.55 million
  • Sydney – 4.6 million

Total literacy rate

  • Cambodia – 75%
  • Australia – 99%

Life expectancy at birth

  • Cambodia- 63 years old
  • Australia – 80 years old

Percentage of child labor (children aged 5-14 who work) –

  • Cambodia – 39% (1.4 million)
  • Australia – Couldnt find any statistics, but as far as I know, it would be very low

Percentage of paved roads

  • Cambodia – 6%
  • Australia – 43.5%

Percentage of population  in  poverty

  • Cambodia – (earn less than $30 per month)- 20.5%
  • Australia (earn less than $848 per week) – 12%

Percentage of tertiary aged people in tertiary education

  • Cambodia –  5%
  • Australia – 34%

Percentage internet users

  • Cambodia – 4.9%
  • Australia – 82.3%

 

Local Transport

Local Transport

sources:

http://www.indexmundi.com
http://www.worldbank.org
http://www.who.int
http://www.unicef.org
http://www.itu.int/en/Pages/default.aspx

 

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  • khmermentality

    Despite the stark GDP disparity I think Cambodians are generally happy people. That said, corruption, greed and materialism are life more stressful for the ordinary people.