Quality of Life Comparison


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


live 14.7 years longer

In Afghanistan, the average life expectancy is 53 years (51 years for men, 54 years for women) as of 2020. In Kiribati, that number is 68 years (65 years for men, 70 years for women) as of 2020.

be 8.4 times more likely to be obese

In Afghanistan, 5.5% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Kiribati, that number is 46.0% of people as of 2016.


be 28.0% more likely to be unemployed

In Afghanistan, 23.9% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Kiribati, that number is 30.6% as of 2010.


be 85.6% less likely to die during childbirth

In Afghanistan, approximately 638.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Kiribati, 92.0 women do as of 2017.

be 72.0% less likely to die during infancy

In Afghanistan, approximately 104.3 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Kiribati, on the other hand, 29.2 children do as of 2020.

have 44.1% fewer children

In Afghanistan, there are approximately 36.7 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Kiribati, there are 20.5 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Kiribati: At a glance

Kiribati is a sovereign country in Australia-Oceania, with a total land area of approximately 811 sq km. The Gilbert Islands became a British protectorate in 1892 and a colony in 1915; they were captured by the Japanese in the Pacific War in 1941. The islands of Makin and Tarawa were the sites of major US amphibious victories over entrenched Japanese garrisons in 1943. The Gilbert Islands were granted self-rule by the UK in 1971 and complete independence in 1979 under the new name of Kiribati. The US relinquished all claims to the sparsely inhabited Phoenix and Line Island groups in a 1979 treaty of friendship with Kiribati.

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

The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook.


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