United States compared to Latvia

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If you moved to Latvia from United States, you would..


make 55.1% less money


United States United States ($57,300 per capita)
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Latvia Latvia ($25,700 per capita)
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United States has a GDP per capita of $57,300, while in Latvia, the GDP per capita is $25,700.
Category: United States vs. Latvia - GDP Per Capita

pay 41.9% less in taxes


United States United States (39.6% top marginal tax rate - Jan 2016)
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Latvia Latvia (23% top marginal tax rate - Jan 2016)
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In United States, citizens pay a top marginal tax rate (the highest tax rate you can pay) of 39.6%. In Latvia, the top marginal tax rate is 23%.
Category: United States vs. Latvia - Tax Rate

live 5.3 years less


United States United States (79.8 years)
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Latvia Latvia (74.5 years)
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In United States, the life expectancy is (on average) 79.8 years. In Latvia, the average life expectancy is 74.5 years.
Category: United States vs. Latvia - Life Expectancy

consume 71.4% less electricty


United States United States (12,077 kWh per capita - 2014 est.)
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Latvia Latvia (3,459 kWh per capita - 2014 est.)
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United States consumes around 12,077 kWh per capita of electricity per year. In Latvia, that number is 3,459 kWh per capita.
Category: United States vs. Latvia - Electricity Consumption

have 20.8% fewer babies


United States United States (12.5 babies per 1,000 people - 2016 est.)
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Latvia Latvia (9.9 babies per 1,000 people - 2016 est.)
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In United States, there are approximately 12.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Latvia, that number is 9.9 babies per 1,000 people.
Category: United States vs. Latvia - Birth Rate

be 2 times more likely to be unemployed


United States United States (4.7% of people - 2016 est.)
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Latvia Latvia (9.6% of people - 2016 est.)
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In United States, approximately 4.7% of people are unemployed. In Latvia, that number is 9.6% of people.
Category: United States vs. Latvia - Unemployment

see 97.5% less coastline


United States United States (19,924 km)
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Latvia Latvia (498 km)
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United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In Latvia, that number is 498 km.
Category: United States vs. Latvia - Coastline

The statistics above were calculated using The World Factbook, Internal Revenue Service, and State Revenue Service, Latvia.


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A brief history of Latvia

Latvia is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 64,589 sq km. The name "Latvia" originates from the ancient Latgalians, one of four eastern Baltic tribes that formed the ethnic core of the Latvian people (ca. 8th-12th centuries A.D.). The region subsequently came under the control of Germans, Poles, Swedes, and finally, Russians. A Latvian republic emerged following World War I, but it was annexed by the USSR in 1940 - an action never recognized by the US and many other countries. Latvia reestablished its independence in 1991 following the breakup of the Soviet Union. Although the last Russian troops left in 1994, the status of the Russian minority (some 28% of the population) remains of concern to Moscow. Latvia acceded to both NATO and the EU in the spring of 2004; it joined the eurozone in 2014.

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