Quality of Life Comparison


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


live 22.3 years longer

In Afghanistan, the average life expectancy is 52 years (50 years for men, 53 years for women). In Peru, that number is 74 years (72 years for men, 76 years for women).

be 3.6 times more likely to be obese

In Afghanistan, 5.5% of adults are obese. In Peru, that number is 19.7% of people.


make 6.7 times more money

Afghanistan has a GDP per capita of $2,000, while in Peru, the GDP per capita is $13,300.

be 72.0% less likely to be unemployed

In Afghanistan, 23.9% of adults are unemployed. In Peru, that number is 6.7%.

be 58.3% less likely to be live below the poverty line

In Afghanistan, 54.5% live below the poverty line. In Peru, however, that number is 22.7%.

spend 50.0% more on taxes

Afghanistan has a top tax rate of 20.0%. In Peru, the top tax rate is 30.0%.


be 82.8% less likely to die during childbirth

In Afghanistan, approximately 396.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Peru, 68.0 women do.

be 2.5 times more likely to be literate

In Afghanistan, the literacy rate is 38.2%. In Peru, it is 94.2%.

be 83.4% less likely to die during infancy

In Afghanistan, approximately 110.6 children die before they reach the age of one. In Peru, on the other hand, 18.4 children do.

have 53.0% fewer children

In Afghanistan, there are approximately 37.9 babies per 1,000 people. In Peru, there are 17.8 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 2.1 times more likely to have access to electricity

In Afghanistan, 43% of people have electricity access (83% in urban areas, and 32% in rural areas). In Peru, that number is 91% of people on average (98% in urban areas, and 73% in rural areas).

be 4.3 times more likely to have internet access

In Afghanistan, approximately 10.6% of the population has internet access. In Peru, about 45.5% do.

be 56.8% more likely to have access to improved drinking water

In Afghanistan, approximately 55% of people have improved drinking water access (78% in urban areas, and 47% in rural areas). In Peru, that number is 87% of people on average (91% in urban areas, and 69% in rural areas).


spend 32.9% less on healthcare

Afghanistan spends 8.2% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Peru, that number is 5.5% of GDP.

spend 18.7% more on education

Afghanistan spends 3.2% of its total GDP on education. Peru spends 3.8% of total GDP on education.

Peru: At a glance

Peru is a sovereign country in South America, with a total land area of approximately 1,279,996 sq km. Ancient Peru was the seat of several prominent Andean civilizations, most notably that of the Incas whose empire was captured by Spanish conquistadors in 1533. Peruvian independence was declared in 1821, and remaining Spanish forces were defeated in 1824. After a dozen years of military rule, Peru returned to democratic leadership in 1980, but experienced economic problems and the growth of a violent insurgency. President Alberto FUJIMORI's election in 1990 ushered in a decade that saw a dramatic turnaround in the economy and significant progress in curtailing guerrilla activity. Nevertheless, the president's increasing reliance on authoritarian measures and an economic slump in the late 1990s generated mounting dissatisfaction with his regime, which led to his resignation in 2000. A caretaker government oversaw new elections in the spring of 2001, which installed Alejandro TOLEDO Manrique as the new head of government - Peru's first democratically elected president of indigenous ethnicity. The presidential election of 2006 saw the return of Alan GARCIA Perez who, after a disappointing presidential term from 1985 to 1990, oversaw a robust economic rebound. In June 2011, former army officer Ollanta HUMALA Tasso was elected president, defeating Keiko FUJIMORI Higuchi, the daughter of Alberto FUJIMORI. Since his election, HUMALA has carried on the sound, market-oriented economic policies of the three preceding administrations.

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

The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Afghanistan Revenue Department, Superintendencia Nacional de Aduanas y de Administración Tributaria.


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