Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 24.2 years longer


In Afghanistan, the average life expectancy is 53 years (51 years for men, 54 years for women) as of 2020. In Tonga, that number is 77 years (75 years for men, 79 years for women) as of 2020.

be 8.8 times more likely to be obese


In Afghanistan, 5.5% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Tonga, that number is 48.2% of people as of 2016.

Economy

make 3.0 times more money


Afghanistan has a GDP per capita of $2,000 as of 2017, while in Tonga, the GDP per capita is $5,900 as of 2017.

be 95.4% less likely to be unemployed


In Afghanistan, 23.9% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Tonga, that number is 1.1% as of 2011.

be 58.7% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Afghanistan, 54.5% live below the poverty line as of 2017. In Tonga, however, that number is 22.5% as of 2010.

Life

be 91.8% less likely to die during childbirth


In Afghanistan, approximately 638.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Tonga, 52.0 women do as of 2017.

be 2.3 times more likely to be literate


In Afghanistan, the literacy rate is 43.0% as of 2018. In Tonga, it is 99.4% as of 2015.

be 90.1% less likely to die during infancy


In Afghanistan, approximately 104.3 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Tonga, on the other hand, 10.3 children do as of 2020.

have 42.8% fewer children


In Afghanistan, there are approximately 36.7 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Tonga, there are 21.0 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 15.3% more 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 Tonga, that number is 97% of people on average (99% in urban areas, and 97% in rural areas) as of 2016.

be 3.1 times more likely to have internet access


In Afghanistan, approximately 13.5% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Tonga, about 41.2% 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 Tonga, that number is 100% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas) as of 2017.

Tonga: At a glance

Tonga is a sovereign country in Australia-Oceania, with a total land area of approximately 717 sq km. Tonga - unique among Pacific nations - never completely lost its indigenous governance. The archipelagos of "The Friendly Islands" were united into a Polynesian kingdom in 1845. Tonga became a constitutional monarchy in 1875 and a British protectorate in 1900; it withdrew from the protectorate and joined the Commonwealth of Nations in 1970. Tonga remains the only monarchy in the Pacific.

How big is Tonga 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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