Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 22.8 years longer


In Afghanistan, the average life expectancy is 53 years (51 years for men, 54 years for women) as of 2020. In Thailand, that number is 76 years (72 years for men, 79 years for women) as of 2020.

be 11.0 times more likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Afghanistan, 0.1% of people are living with AIDS/HIV as of 2018. In Thailand, that number is 1.1% of people as of 2018.

be 81.8% more likely to be obese


In Afghanistan, 5.5% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Thailand, that number is 10.0% of people as of 2016.

Economy

make 8.9 times more money


Afghanistan has a GDP per capita of $2,000 as of 2017, while in Thailand, the GDP per capita is $17,900 as of 2017.

be 97.1% less likely to be unemployed


In Afghanistan, 23.9% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Thailand, that number is 0.7% as of 2017.

be 86.8% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Afghanistan, 54.5% live below the poverty line as of 2017. In Thailand, however, that number is 7.2% as of 2015.

pay a 75.0% higher top tax rate


Afghanistan has a top tax rate of 20.0% as of 2016. In Thailand, the top tax rate is 35.0% as of 2016.

Life

be 94.2% less likely to die during childbirth


In Afghanistan, approximately 638.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Thailand, 37.0 women do as of 2017.

be 2.2 times more likely to be literate


In Afghanistan, the literacy rate is 43.0% as of 2018. In Thailand, it is 92.9% as of 2015.

be 91.8% less likely to die during infancy


In Afghanistan, approximately 104.3 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Thailand, on the other hand, 8.6 children do as of 2020.

have 70.8% fewer children


In Afghanistan, there are approximately 36.7 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Thailand, there are 10.7 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 18.9% more likely to have access to electricity


In Afghanistan, approximately 84% of the population has electricity access as of 2012. In Thailand, 100% of the population do as of 2016.

be 4.2 times more likely to have internet access


In Afghanistan, approximately 13.5% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Thailand, about 56.8% do as of 2018.

be 42.5% 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 Thailand, that number is 100% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas) as of 2017.

Thailand: At a glance

Thailand is a sovereign country in East/Southeast Asia, with a total land area of approximately 510,890 sq km. A unified Thai kingdom was established in the mid-14th century. Known as Siam until 1939, Thailand is the only Southeast Asian country never to have been taken over by a European power. A bloodless revolution in 1932 led to a constitutional monarchy. In alliance with Japan during World War II, Thailand became a US treaty ally in 1954 after sending troops to Korea and later fighting alongside the United States in Vietnam. Thailand since 2005 has experienced several rounds of political turmoil including a military coup in 2006 that ousted then Prime Minister THAKSIN Chinnawat, followed by large-scale street protests by competing political factions in 2008, 2009, and 2010. THAKSIN's youngest sister, YINGLAK Chinnawat, in 2011 led the Puea Thai Party to an electoral win and assumed control of the government. A blanket amnesty bill for individuals involved in street protests, altered at the last minute to include all political crimes - including all convictions against THAKSIN - triggered months of large-scale anti-government protests in Bangkok beginning in November 2013. In early May 2014 YINGLAK was removed from office and in late May 2014 the Royal Thai Army staged a coup against the caretaker government. Thailand has also experienced violence associated with the ethno-nationalist insurgency in Thailand's southern Malay-Muslim majority provinces. Since January 2004, thousands have been killed and wounded in the insurgency.

How big is Thailand 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, The Revenue Department, Government of Thailand.

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