Quality of Life Comparison


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


live 25.8 years longer

In Afghanistan, the average life expectancy is 53 years (51 years for men, 54 years for women) as of 2020. In Kuwait, that number is 79 years (77 years for men, 80 years for women) as of 2020.

be 6.9 times more likely to be obese

In Afghanistan, 5.5% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Kuwait, that number is 37.9% of people as of 2016.


make 32.9 times more money

Afghanistan has a GDP per capita of $2,000 as of 2017, while in Kuwait, the GDP per capita is $65,800 as of 2017.

be 95.4% less likely to be unemployed

In Afghanistan, 23.9% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Kuwait, that number is 1.1% as of 2017.


be 98.1% less likely to die during childbirth

In Afghanistan, approximately 638.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Kuwait, 12.0 women do as of 2017.

be 2.2 times more likely to be literate

In Afghanistan, the literacy rate is 43.0% as of 2018. In Kuwait, it is 96.1% as of 2018.

be 93.8% less likely to die during infancy

In Afghanistan, approximately 104.3 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Kuwait, on the other hand, 6.5 children do as of 2020.

have 51.0% fewer children

In Afghanistan, there are approximately 36.7 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Kuwait, there are 18.0 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 18.9% more likely to have access to electricity

In Afghanistan, approximately 84% of the population has electricity access as of 2012. In Kuwait, 100% of the population do as of 2016.

be 7.4 times more likely to have internet access

In Afghanistan, approximately 13.5% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Kuwait, about 99.6% do as of 2018.

be 42.5% more likely to have access to improved drinking water

In Afghanistan, approximately 70% of people have improved drinking water access as of 2017. In Kuwait, 100% of people do as of 2017.

Kuwait: At a glance

Kuwait is a sovereign country in Middle East, with a total land area of approximately 17,818 sq km. Britain oversaw foreign relations and defense for the ruling Kuwaiti AL-SABAH dynasty from 1899 until independence in 1961. Kuwait was attacked and overrun by Iraq on 2 August 1990. Following several weeks of aerial bombardment, a US-led, UN coalition began a ground assault on 23 February 1991 that liberated Kuwait in four days. Kuwait spent more than $5 billion to repair oil infrastructure damaged during 1990-91. The AL-SABAH family has ruled since returning to power in 1991 and reestablished an elected legislature that in recent years has become increasingly assertive. The country witnessed the historic election in 2009 of four women to its National Assembly. Amid the 2010-11 uprisings and protests across the Arab world, stateless Arabs, known as bidun, staged small protests in February and March 2011 demanding citizenship, jobs, and other benefits available to Kuwaiti nationals. Youth activist groups - supported by opposition legislators - rallied repeatedly in 2011 for the prime minister's dismissal amid allegations of widespread government corruption. Demonstrators forced the prime minister to resign in late 2011. In late 2012, Kuwait witnessed unprecedented protests in response to the Amir's changes to the electoral law by decree reducing the number of votes per person from four to one. The opposition, led by a coalition of Sunni Islamists, tribalists, some liberals, and myriad youth groups, largely boycotted legislative elections in 2012 and 2013 ushering in legislatures more amenable to the government's agenda. Since 2006, the Amir has dissolved the National Assembly on five occasions (the Constitutional Court annulled the Assembly in June 2012 and again in June 2013) and shuffled the cabinet over a dozen times, usually citing political stagnation and gridlock between the legislature and the government.

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


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