Quality of life comparison
If you lived in India instead of Afghanistan, you would:
live 16.9 years longer
In Afghanistan, the average life expectancy is 53 years (51 years for men, 54 years for women) as of 2020. In India, that number is 70 years (68 years for men, 71 years for women) as of 2020.
be 29.1% less likely to be obese
In Afghanistan, 5.5% of adults are obese as of 2016. In India, that number is 3.9% of people as of 2016.
make 3.6 times more money
Afghanistan has a GDP per capita of $2,000 as of 2017, while in India, the GDP per capita is $7,200 as of 2017.
be 64.4% less likely to be unemployed
In Afghanistan, 23.9% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In India, that number is 8.5% as of 2017.
be 59.8% less likely to live below the poverty line
In Afghanistan, 54.5% live below the poverty line as of 2017. In India, however, that number is 21.9% as of 2011.
pay a 77.7% higher top tax rate
Afghanistan has a top tax rate of 20.0% as of 2016. In India, the top tax rate is 35.5% as of 2016.
be 77.3% less likely to die during childbirth
In Afghanistan, approximately 638.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In India, 145.0 women do as of 2017.
be 73.0% more likely to be literate
In Afghanistan, the literacy rate is 43.0% as of 2018. In India, it is 74.4% as of 2018.
be 66.1% less likely to die during infancy
In Afghanistan, approximately 104.3 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In India, on the other hand, 35.4 children do as of 2020.
have 50.4% fewer children
In Afghanistan, there are approximately 36.7 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In India, there are 18.2 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.
be 2.6 times more likely to have internet access
In Afghanistan, approximately 13.5% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In India, about 34.5% do as of 2018.
be 32.1% more likely to have access to improved drinking water
In Afghanistan, approximately 70% of people have improved drinking water access (96% in urban areas, and 61% in rural areas) as of 2017. In India, that number is 93% of people on average (96% in urban areas, and 91% in rural areas) as of 2017.
The statistics above were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Afghanistan Revenue Department, Ministry of Finance, Government of India.
India: At a glance
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