Quality of Life Comparison


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


live 29.9 years longer

In Afghanistan, the average life expectancy is 52 years (50 years for men, 53 years for women). In Austria, that number is 82 years (79 years for men, 84 years for women).

be 3.7 times more likely to be obese

In Afghanistan, 5.5% of adults are obese. In Austria, that number is 20.1% of people.


make 24.9 times more money

Afghanistan has a GDP per capita of $2,000, while in Austria, the GDP per capita is $49,900.

be 77.0% less likely to be unemployed

In Afghanistan, 23.9% of adults are unemployed. In Austria, that number is 5.5%.

be 94.5% less likely to be live below the poverty line

In Afghanistan, 54.5% live below the poverty line. In Austria, however, that number is 3.0%.

spend 2.8 times more on taxes

Afghanistan has a top tax rate of 20.0%. In Austria, the top tax rate is 55.0%.


be 99.0% less likely to die during childbirth

In Afghanistan, approximately 396.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Austria, 4.0 women do.

be 96.9% less likely to die during infancy

In Afghanistan, approximately 110.6 children die before they reach the age of one. In Austria, on the other hand, 3.4 children do.

have 74.9% less children

In Afghanistan, there are approximately 37.9 babies per 1,000 people. In Austria, there are 9.5 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 Austria, 100% of the population do.

be 8.0 times more likely to have internet access

In Afghanistan, approximately 10.6% of the population has internet access. In Austria, about 84.3% 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 Austria, that number is 100% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas).


spend 68.8% more on education

Afghanistan spends 3.2% of its total GDP on education. Austria spends 5.4% of total GDP on education.

spend 36.6% more on healthcare

Afghanistan spends 8.2% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Austria, that number is 11.2% of GDP.

Austria: At a glance

Austria is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 82,445 sq km. Once the center of power for the large Austro-Hungarian Empire, Austria was reduced to a small republic after its defeat in World War I. Following annexation by Nazi Germany in 1938 and subsequent occupation by the victorious Allies in 1945, Austria's status remained unclear for a decade. A State Treaty signed in 1955 ended the occupation, recognized Austria's independence, and forbade unification with Germany. A constitutional law that same year declared the country's "perpetual neutrality" as a condition for Soviet military withdrawal. The Soviet Union's collapse in 1991 and Austria's entry into the European Union in 1995 have altered the meaning of this neutrality. A prosperous, democratic country, Austria entered the EU Economic and Monetary Union in 1999.

How big is Austria 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, Federal Ministry of Finance.


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