Quality of life comparison
If you lived in United Kingdom instead of Afghanistan, you would:
live 28.3 years longer
In Afghanistan, the average life expectancy is 54 years (52 years for men, 55 years for women) as of 2022. In United Kingdom, that number is 82 years (80 years for men, 84 years for women) as of 2022.
be 5.1 times more likely to be obese
In Afghanistan, 5.5% of adults are obese as of 2016. In United Kingdom, that number is 27.8% of people as of 2016.
make 20.8 times more money
Afghanistan has a GDP per capita of $2,000 as of 2020, while in United Kingdom, the GDP per capita is $41,600 as of 2020.
be 86.7% less likely to be unemployed
In Afghanistan, 23.9% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In United Kingdom, that number is 3.2% as of 2019.
be 65.9% less likely to live below the poverty line
In Afghanistan, 54.5% live below the poverty line as of 2017. In United Kingdom, however, that number is 18.6% as of 2017.
pay a 2.2 times higher top tax rate
Afghanistan has a top tax rate of 20.0% as of 2016. In United Kingdom, the top tax rate is 45.0% as of 2016.
be 98.9% less likely to die during childbirth
In Afghanistan, approximately 638.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In United Kingdom, 7.0 women do as of 2017.
be 96.4% less likely to die during infancy
In Afghanistan, approximately 104.9 children (per 1,000 live births) die before they reach the age of one as of 2022. In United Kingdom, on the other hand, 3.8 children do as of 2022.
have 69.6% fewer children
In Afghanistan, there are approximately 35.5 babies per 1,000 people as of 2022. In United Kingdom, there are 10.8 babies per 1,000 people as of 2022.
be 5.3 times more likely to have internet access
In Afghanistan, approximately 18.0% of the population has internet access as of 2020. In United Kingdom, about 95.0% do as of 2020.
be 30.7% more likely to have access to improved drinking water
In Afghanistan, approximately 76% of people have improved drinking water access (100% in urban areas, and 68% in rural areas) as of 2020. In United Kingdom, that number is 100% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas) as of 2020.
spend 22.7% less on healthcare
Afghanistan spends 13.2% of its total GDP on healthcare as of 2019. In United Kingdom, that number is 10.2% of GDP as of 2019.
spend 62.5% more on education
Afghanistan spends 3.2% of its total GDP on education as of 2019. United Kingdom spends 5.2% of total GDP on education as of 2018.
The statistics above were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Afghanistan Revenue Department, HM Revenue & Customs.
United Kingdom: At a glance
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