Quality of Life Comparison


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


live 12.6 years longer

In Afghanistan, the average life expectancy is 52 years (50 years for men, 53 years for women). In Kenya, that number is 64 years (63 years for men, 66 years for women).

be 48.0 times more likely to be living with HIV/AIDS

In Afghanistan, 0.1% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Kenya, that number is 4.8% of people.

be 29.1% more likely to be obese

In Afghanistan, 5.5% of adults are obese. In Kenya, that number is 7.1% of people.


make 75.0% more money

Afghanistan has a GDP per capita of $2,000, while in Kenya, the GDP per capita is $3,500.

be 33.8% less likely to be live below the poverty line

In Afghanistan, 54.5% live below the poverty line. In Kenya, however, that number is 36.1%.

be 67.4% more likely to be unemployed

In Afghanistan, 23.9% of adults are unemployed. In Kenya, that number is 40.0%.

spend 50.0% more on taxes

Afghanistan has a top tax rate of 20.0%. In Kenya, the top tax rate is 30.0%.


be 2.0 times more likely to be literate

In Afghanistan, the literacy rate is 38.2%. In Kenya, it is 78.0%.

be 66.5% less likely to die during infancy

In Afghanistan, approximately 110.6 children die before they reach the age of one. In Kenya, on the other hand, 37.1 children do.

be 28.8% more likely to die during childbirth

In Afghanistan, approximately 396.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Kenya, 510.0 women do.

have 36.9% fewer children

In Afghanistan, there are approximately 37.9 babies per 1,000 people. In Kenya, there are 23.9 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 2.5 times more likely to have internet access

In Afghanistan, approximately 10.6% of the population has internet access. In Kenya, about 26.0% do.

be 14.3% 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 Kenya, that number is 63% of people on average (82% in urban areas, and 57% in rural areas).

be 53.5% less likely to have access to electricity

In Afghanistan, 43% of people have electricity access (83% in urban areas, and 32% in rural areas). In Kenya, that number is 20% of people on average (60% in urban areas, and 7% in rural areas).


spend 30.5% less on healthcare

Afghanistan spends 8.2% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Kenya, that number is 5.7% of GDP.

spend 65.6% more on education

Afghanistan spends 3.2% of its total GDP on education. Kenya spends 5.3% of total GDP on education.

Kenya: At a glance

Kenya is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 569,140 sq km. Founding president and liberation struggle icon Jomo KENYATTA led Kenya from independence in 1963 until his death in 1978, when President Daniel MOI took power in a constitutional succession. The country was a de facto one-party state from 1969 until 1982 when the ruling Kenya African National Union (KANU) made itself the sole legal party in Kenya. MOI acceded to internal and external pressure for political liberalization in late 1991. The ethnically fractured opposition failed to dislodge KANU from power in elections in 1992 and 1997, which were marred by violence and fraud, but were viewed as having generally reflected the will of the Kenyan people. President MOI stepped down in December 2002 following fair and peaceful elections. Mwai KIBAKI, running as the candidate of the multiethnic, united opposition group, the National Rainbow Coalition (NARC), defeated KANU candidate Uhuru KENYATTA and assumed the presidency following a campaign centered on an anticorruption platform. KIBAKI's NARC coalition splintered in 2005 over a constitutional review process. Government defectors joined with KANU to form a new opposition coalition, the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM), which defeated the government's draft constitution in a popular referendum in November 2005. KIBAKI's reelection in December 2007 brought charges of vote rigging from ODM candidate Raila ODINGA and unleashed two months of violence in which as many as 1,500 people died. African Union-sponsored mediation led by former UN Secretary General Kofi ANNAN in late February 2008 resulted in a power-sharing accord bringing ODINGA into the government in the restored position of prime minister. The power sharing accord included a broad reform agenda, the centerpiece of which was constitutional reform. In August 2010, Kenyans overwhelmingly adopted a new constitution in a national referendum. The new constitution introduced additional checks and balances to executive power and significant devolution of power and resources to 47 newly created counties. It also eliminated the position of prime minister following the first presidential election under the new constitution, which occurred on 4 March 2013. Uhuru KENYATTA, the son of founding president Jomo KENYATTA, won the March elections in the first round by a close margin and was sworn into office on 9 April 2013.

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


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