Quality of Life Comparison


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


live 6.5 years longer

In Afghanistan, the average life expectancy is 53 years (51 years for men, 54 years for women) as of 2020. In Niger, that number is 59 years (58 years for men, 61 years for women) as of 2020.


be 98.7% less likely to be unemployed

In Afghanistan, 23.9% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Niger, that number is 0.3% as of 2017.

be 16.7% less likely to be live below the poverty line

In Afghanistan, 54.5% live below the poverty line as of 2017. In Niger, however, that number is 45.4% as of 2014.

make 40.0% less money

Afghanistan has a GDP per capita of $2,000 as of 2017, while in Niger, the GDP per capita is $1,200 as of 2017.


be 20.2% less likely to die during childbirth

In Afghanistan, approximately 638.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Niger, 509.0 women do as of 2017.

be 35.1% less likely to die during infancy

In Afghanistan, approximately 104.3 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Niger, on the other hand, 67.7 children do as of 2020.

have 29.4% more children

In Afghanistan, there are approximately 36.7 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Niger, there are 47.5 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

be 55.6% less likely to be literate

In Afghanistan, the literacy rate is 43.0% as of 2018. In Niger, it is 19.1% as of 2015.

Basic Needs

be 80.7% less 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 Niger, that number is 16% of people on average (65% in urban areas, and 5% in rural areas) as of 2017.

be 61.1% less likely to have internet access

In Afghanistan, approximately 13.5% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Niger, about 5.2% do as of 2018.


spend 14.6% less on education

Afghanistan spends 4.1% of its total GDP on education as of 2017. Niger spends 3.5% of total GDP on education as of 2017.

Niger: At a glance

Niger is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 1,266,700 sq km. Niger became independent from France in 1960 and experienced single-party and military rule until 1991, when Gen. Ali SAIBOU was forced by public pressure to allow multiparty elections, which resulted in a democratic government in 1993. Political infighting brought the government to a standstill and in 1996 led to a coup by Col. Ibrahim BARE. In 1999, BARE was killed in a counter coup by military officers who restored democratic rule and held elections that brought Mamadou TANDJA to power in December of that year. TANDJA was reelected in 2004 and in 2009 spearheaded a constitutional amendment that would allow him to extend his term as president. In February 2010, a military coup deposed TANDJA, immediately suspended the constitution, and dissolved the Cabinet. ISSOUFOU Mahamadou emerged victorious from a crowded field in the election following the coup and was inaugurated in April 2011. Niger is one of the poorest countries in the world with minimal government services and insufficient funds to develop its resource base. The largely agrarian and subsistence-based economy is frequently disrupted by extended droughts common to the Sahel region of Africa. The Nigerien Movement for Justice, a predominantly ethnic Tuareg rebel group, emerged in February 2007, and attacked several military targets in Niger's northern region throughout 2007 and 2008. Successful government offensives in 2009 ended the rebellion. Niger is facing increased security concerns on its borders from various external threats including insecurity in Libya, spillover from the conflict in Mali, and violent extremism in northeastern Nigeria.

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


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