Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 23.4 years longer


In Afghanistan, the average life expectancy is 53 years (51 years for men, 54 years for women) as of 2020. In Solomon Islands, that number is 76 years (74 years for men, 79 years for women) as of 2020.

be 4.1 times more likely to be obese


In Afghanistan, 5.5% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Solomon Islands, that number is 22.5% of people as of 2016.

Economy

make 10.0% more money


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

Life

be 83.7% less likely to die during childbirth


In Afghanistan, approximately 638.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Solomon Islands, 104.0 women do as of 2017.

be 87.2% less likely to die during infancy


In Afghanistan, approximately 104.3 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Solomon Islands, on the other hand, 13.4 children do as of 2020.

have 35.7% fewer children


In Afghanistan, there are approximately 36.7 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Solomon Islands, there are 23.6 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 43.0% 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 Solomon Islands, that number is 48% of people on average (70% in urban areas, and 42% in rural areas) as of 2016.

be 11.7% less likely to have internet access


In Afghanistan, approximately 13.5% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Solomon Islands, about 11.9% do as of 2018.

Expenditures

spend 2.4 times more on education


Afghanistan spends 4.1% of its total GDP on education as of 2017. Solomon Islands spends 9.9% of total GDP on education as of 2010.

Solomon Islands: At a glance

Solomon Islands is a sovereign country in Australia-Oceania, with a total land area of approximately 27,986 sq km. The UK established a protectorate over the Solomon Islands in the 1890s. Some of the most bitter fighting of World War II occurred on this archipelago. Self-government was achieved in 1976 and independence two years later. Ethnic violence, government malfeasance, and endemic crime have undermined stability and civil society. In June 2003, then Prime Minister Sir Allan KEMAKEZA sought the assistance of Australia in reestablishing law and order; the following month, an Australian-led multinational force arrived to restore peace and disarm ethnic militias. The Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands (RAMSI) has generally been effective in restoring law and order and rebuilding government institutions.

How big is Solomon 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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