Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 19.0 years longer


In Afghanistan, the average life expectancy is 53 years (51 years for men, 54 years for women) as of 2020. In Kyrgyzstan, that number is 72 years (68 years for men, 76 years for women) as of 2020.

be 3.0 times more likely to be obese


In Afghanistan, 5.5% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Kyrgyzstan, that number is 16.6% of people as of 2016.

Economy

make 85.0% more money


Afghanistan has a GDP per capita of $2,000 as of 2017, while in Kyrgyzstan, the GDP per capita is $3,700 as of 2017.

be 70.3% less likely to be unemployed


In Afghanistan, 23.9% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Kyrgyzstan, that number is 7.1% as of 2017.

be 41.1% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Afghanistan, 54.5% live below the poverty line as of 2017. In Kyrgyzstan, however, that number is 32.1% as of 2015.

Life

be 90.6% less likely to die during childbirth


In Afghanistan, approximately 638.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Kyrgyzstan, 60.0 women do as of 2017.

be 2.3 times more likely to be literate


In Afghanistan, the literacy rate is 43.0% as of 2018. In Kyrgyzstan, it is 99.6% as of 2018.

be 77.7% less likely to die during infancy


In Afghanistan, approximately 104.3 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Kyrgyzstan, on the other hand, 23.3 children do as of 2020.

have 43.9% fewer children


In Afghanistan, there are approximately 36.7 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Kyrgyzstan, there are 20.6 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 Kyrgyzstan, 100% of the population do as of 2016.

be 2.8 times more likely to have internet access


In Afghanistan, approximately 13.5% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Kyrgyzstan, about 38.0% do as of 2018.

be 27.2% 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 Kyrgyzstan, that number is 89% of people on average (97% in urban areas, and 84% in rural areas) as of 2017.

Expenditures

spend 75.6% more on education


Afghanistan spends 4.1% of its total GDP on education as of 2017. Kyrgyzstan spends 7.2% of total GDP on education as of 2017.

Kyrgyzstan: At a glance

Kyrgyzstan is a sovereign country in Central Asia, with a total land area of approximately 191,801 sq km. A Central Asian country of incredible natural beauty and proud nomadic traditions, most of Kyrgyzstan was formally annexed to Russia in 1876. The Kyrgyz staged a major revolt against the Tsarist Empire in 1916 in which almost one-sixth of the Kyrgyz population was killed. Kyrgyzstan became a Soviet republic in 1936 and achieved independence in 1991 when the USSR dissolved. Nationwide demonstrations in the spring of 2005 resulted in the ouster of President Askar AKAEV, who had run the country since 1990. Former prime minister Kurmanbek BAKIEV overwhelmingly won the presidential election in the summer of 2005. Over the next few years, he manipulated the parliament to accrue new powers for the presidency. In July 2009, after months of harassment against his opponents and media critics, BAKIEV won re-election in a presidential campaign that the international community deemed flawed. In April 2010, violent protests in Bishkek led to the collapse of the BAKIEV regime and his eventual fleeing to Minsk, Belarus. His successor, Roza OTUNBAEVA, served as transitional president until Almazbek ATAMBAEV was inaugurated in December 2011, marking the first peaceful transfer of presidential power in independent Kyrgyzstan's history. Continuing concerns include: the trajectory of democratization, endemic corruption, poor interethnic relations, and terrorism.

How big is Kyrgyzstan 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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