Quality of Life Comparison


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


live 30.1 years longer

In Afghanistan, the average life expectancy is 52 years (50 years for men, 53 years for women). In Spain, that number is 82 years (79 years for men, 85 years for women).

be 4.3 times more likely to be obese

In Afghanistan, 5.5% of adults are obese. In Spain, that number is 23.8% of people.


make 19.1 times more money

Afghanistan has a GDP per capita of $2,000, while in Spain, the GDP per capita is $38,300.

be 28.5% less likely to be unemployed

In Afghanistan, 23.9% of adults are unemployed. In Spain, that number is 17.1%.

be 61.3% less likely to be live below the poverty line

In Afghanistan, 54.5% live below the poverty line. In Spain, however, that number is 21.1%.

spend 2.2 times more on taxes

Afghanistan has a top tax rate of 20.0%. In Spain, the top tax rate is 45.0%.


be 98.7% less likely to die during childbirth

In Afghanistan, approximately 396.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Spain, 5.0 women do.

be 2.6 times more likely to be literate

In Afghanistan, the literacy rate is 38.2%. In Spain, it is 98.3%.

be 97.0% less likely to die during infancy

In Afghanistan, approximately 110.6 children die before they reach the age of one. In Spain, on the other hand, 3.3 children do.

have 75.7% fewer children

In Afghanistan, there are approximately 37.9 babies per 1,000 people. In Spain, there are 9.2 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 2.3 times more likely to have access to electricity

In Afghanistan, 43% of the population has electricity access. In Spain, 100% of the population do.

be 7.6 times more likely to have internet access

In Afghanistan, approximately 10.6% of the population has internet access. In Spain, about 80.6% do.

be 80.8% 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 Spain, that number is 100% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas).


spend 34.4% more on education

Afghanistan spends 3.2% of its total GDP on education. Spain spends 4.3% of total GDP on education.

Spain: At a glance

Spain is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 498,980 sq km. Spain's powerful world empire of the 16th and 17th centuries ultimately yielded command of the seas to England. Subsequent failure to embrace the mercantile and industrial revolutions caused the country to fall behind Britain, France, and Germany in economic and political power. Spain remained neutral in World War I and II but suffered through a devastating civil war (1936-39). A peaceful transition to democracy following the death of dictator Francisco FRANCO in 1975, and rapid economic modernization (Spain joined the EU in 1986) gave Spain a dynamic and rapidly growing economy and made it a global champion of freedom and human rights. More recently the government has had to focus on measures to reverse a severe economic recession that began in mid-2008. Austerity measures implemented to reduce a large budget deficit and reassure foreign investors have led to one of the highest unemployment rates in Europe.

How big is Spain 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, Agencia Tributaria, Spain.


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