Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Marshall Islands instead of Afghanistan, you would:

Health

live 21.3 years longer


In Afghanistan, the average life expectancy is 53 years (51 years for men, 54 years for women) as of 2020. In Marshall Islands, that number is 74 years (72 years for men, 76 years for women) as of 2020.

be 9.6 times more likely to be obese


In Afghanistan, 5.5% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Marshall Islands, that number is 52.9% of people as of 2016.

Economy

make 80.0% more money


Afghanistan has a GDP per capita of $2,000 as of 2017, while in Marshall Islands, the GDP per capita is $3,600 as of 2017.

be 50.6% more likely to be unemployed


In Afghanistan, 23.9% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Marshall Islands, that number is 36.0% as of 2006.

Life

be 2.3 times more likely to be literate


In Afghanistan, the literacy rate is 43.0% as of 2018. In Marshall Islands, it is 98.3% as of 2011.

be 83.3% less likely to die during infancy


In Afghanistan, approximately 104.3 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Marshall Islands, on the other hand, 17.4 children do as of 2020.

have 37.9% fewer children


In Afghanistan, there are approximately 36.7 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Marshall Islands, there are 22.8 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 10.7% more likely to have access to electricity


In Afghanistan, approximately 84% of people have electricity access (98% in urban areas, and 79% in rural areas) as of 2012. In Marshall Islands, that number is 93% of people on average (95% in urban areas, and 89% in rural areas) as of 2016.

be 2.9 times more likely to have internet access


In Afghanistan, approximately 13.5% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Marshall Islands, about 38.7% do as of 2018.

be 42.2% 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 Marshall Islands, that number is 100% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas) as of 2017.

Marshall Islands: At a glance

Marshall Islands (sometimes abbreviated RMI) is a sovereign country in Australia-Oceania, with a total land area of approximately 181 sq km. After almost four decades under US administration as the easternmost part of the UN Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, the Marshall Islands attained independence in 1986 under a Compact of Free Association. Compensation claims continue as a result of US nuclear testing on some of the atolls between 1947 and 1962. The Marshall Islands hosts the US Army Kwajalein Atoll (USAKA) Reagan Missile Test Site, a key installation in the US missile defense network.

How big is Marshall Islands 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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