Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 22.6 years longer


In Afghanistan, the average life expectancy is 53 years (51 years for men, 54 years for women) as of 2020. In Latvia, that number is 75 years (71 years for men, 80 years for women) as of 2020.

be 4.3 times more likely to be obese


In Afghanistan, 5.5% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Latvia, that number is 23.6% of people as of 2016.

Economy

make 13.8 times more money


Afghanistan has a GDP per capita of $2,000 as of 2017, while in Latvia, the GDP per capita is $27,700 as of 2017.

be 63.6% less likely to be unemployed


In Afghanistan, 23.9% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Latvia, that number is 8.7% as of 2017.

be 53.2% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Afghanistan, 54.5% live below the poverty line as of 2017. In Latvia, however, that number is 25.5% as of 2015.

pay a 15.0% higher top tax rate


Afghanistan has a top tax rate of 20.0% as of 2016. In Latvia, the top tax rate is 23.0% as of 2016.

Life

be 97.0% less likely to die during childbirth


In Afghanistan, approximately 638.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Latvia, 19.0 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 Latvia, it is 99.9% as of 2015.

be 95.2% less likely to die during infancy


In Afghanistan, approximately 104.3 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Latvia, on the other hand, 5.0 children do as of 2020.

have 74.9% fewer children


In Afghanistan, there are approximately 36.7 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Latvia, there are 9.2 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 Latvia, 100% of the population do as of 2016.

be 6.2 times more likely to have internet access


In Afghanistan, approximately 13.5% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Latvia, about 83.6% do as of 2018.

be 40.5% 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 Latvia, that number is 99% of people on average (99% in urban areas, and 98% in rural areas) as of 2017.

Expenditures

spend 29.3% more on education


Afghanistan spends 4.1% of its total GDP on education as of 2017. Latvia spends 5.3% of total GDP on education as of 2015.

Latvia: At a glance

Latvia is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 62,249 sq km. The name "Latvia" originates from the ancient Latgalians, one of four eastern Baltic tribes that formed the ethnic core of the Latvian people (ca. 8th-12th centuries A.D.). The region subsequently came under the control of Germans, Poles, Swedes, and finally, Russians. A Latvian republic emerged following World War I, but it was annexed by the USSR in 1940 - an action never recognized by the US and many other countries. Latvia reestablished its independence in 1991 following the breakup of the Soviet Union. Although the last Russian troops left in 1994, the status of the Russian minority (some 28% of the population) remains of concern to Moscow. Latvia acceded to both NATO and the EU in the spring of 2004; it joined the eurozone in 2014.

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


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

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