Quality of Life Comparison


If you lived in Australia instead of Afghanistan, you would:


live 30.6 years longer

In Afghanistan, the average life expectancy is 52 years (50 years for men, 53 years for women). In Australia, that number is 82 years (80 years for men, 85 years for women).

be 5.3 times more likely to be obese

In Afghanistan, 5.5% of adults are obese. In Australia, that number is 29.0% of people.


make 25.1 times more money

Afghanistan has a GDP per capita of $2,000, while in Australia, the GDP per capita is $50,300.

be 76.6% less likely to be unemployed

In Afghanistan, 23.9% of adults are unemployed. In Australia, that number is 5.6%.

spend 2.2 times more on taxes

Afghanistan has a top tax rate of 20.0%. In Australia, the top tax rate is 45.0%.


be 98.5% less likely to die during childbirth

In Afghanistan, approximately 396.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Australia, 6.0 women do.

be 96.1% less likely to die during infancy

In Afghanistan, approximately 110.6 children die before they reach the age of one. In Australia, on the other hand, 4.3 children do.

have 68.1% fewer children

In Afghanistan, there are approximately 37.9 babies per 1,000 people. In Australia, there are 12.1 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 2.3 times more likely to have access to electricity

In Afghanistan, 43% of the population has electricity access. In Australia, 100% of the population do.

be 8.3 times more likely to have internet access

In Afghanistan, approximately 10.6% of the population has internet access. In Australia, about 88.2% do.

be 80.8% more likely to have access to improved drinking water

In Afghanistan, approximately 55% of people have improved drinking water access (78% in urban areas, and 47% in rural areas). In Australia, that number is 100% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas).


spend 62.5% more on education

Afghanistan spends 3.2% of its total GDP on education. Australia spends 5.2% of total GDP on education.

spend 14.6% more on healthcare

Afghanistan spends 8.2% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Australia, that number is 9.4% of GDP.

Australia: At a glance

Australia is a sovereign country in Australia-Oceania, with a total land area of approximately 7,682,300 sq km. Prehistoric settlers arrived on the continent from Southeast Asia at least 40,000 years before the first Europeans began exploration in the 17th century. No formal territorial claims were made until 1770, when Capt. James COOK took possession of the east coast in the name of Great Britain (all of Australia was claimed as British territory in 1829 with the creation of the colony of Western Australia). Six colonies were created in the late 18th and 19th centuries; they federated and became the Commonwealth of Australia in 1901. The new country took advantage of its natural resources to rapidly develop agricultural and manufacturing industries and to make a major contribution to the Allied effort in World Wars I and II. In recent decades, Australia has become an internationally competitive, advanced market economy due in large part to economic reforms adopted in the 1980s and its location in one of the fastest growing regions of the world economy. Long-term concerns include aging of the population, pressure on infrastructure, and environmental issues such as floods, droughts, and bushfires. Australia is the driest inhabited continent on earth, making it particularly vulnerable to the challenges of climate change. Australia is home to 10 per cent of the world's biodiversity, and a great number of its flora and fauna exist nowhere else in the world. In January 2013, Australia assumed a nonpermanent seat on the UN Security Council for the 2013-14 term.

How big is Australia compared to Afghanistan? See an in-depth size comparison.

The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Afghanistan Revenue Department, Australian Taxation Office.


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