Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 18.2 years longer


In Afghanistan, the average life expectancy is 53 years (51 years for men, 54 years for women) as of 2020. In Venezuela, that number is 71 years (68 years for men, 75 years for women) as of 2020.

be 4.7 times more likely to be obese


In Afghanistan, 5.5% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Venezuela, that number is 25.6% of people as of 2016.

Economy

make 6.2 times more money


Afghanistan has a GDP per capita of $2,000 as of 2017, while in Venezuela, the GDP per capita is $12,500 as of 2017.

be 63.9% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Afghanistan, 54.5% live below the poverty line as of 2017. In Venezuela, however, that number is 19.7% as of 2015.

be 13.4% more likely to be unemployed


In Afghanistan, 23.9% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Venezuela, that number is 27.1% as of 2017.

pay a 70.0% higher top tax rate


Afghanistan has a top tax rate of 20.0% as of 2016. In Venezuela, the top tax rate is 34.0% as of 2016.

Life

be 80.4% less likely to die during childbirth


In Afghanistan, approximately 638.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Venezuela, 125.0 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 Venezuela, it is 97.1% as of 2016.

be 73.3% less likely to die during infancy


In Afghanistan, approximately 104.3 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Venezuela, on the other hand, 27.9 children do as of 2020.

have 51.2% fewer children


In Afghanistan, there are approximately 36.7 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Venezuela, there are 17.9 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 18.4% 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 Venezuela, that number is 100% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 96% in rural areas) as of 2016.

be 5.3 times more likely to have internet access


In Afghanistan, approximately 13.5% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Venezuela, about 72.0% do as of 2018.

be 36.3% more likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Afghanistan, approximately 70% of people have improved drinking water access as of 2017. In Venezuela, 96% of people do as of 2017.

Expenditures

spend 68.3% more on education


Afghanistan spends 4.1% of its total GDP on education as of 2017. Venezuela spends 6.9% of total GDP on education as of 2009.

Venezuela: At a glance

Venezuela is a sovereign country in South America, with a total land area of approximately 882,050 sq km. Venezuela was one of three countries that emerged from the collapse of Gran Colombia in 1830 (the others being Ecuador and New Granada, which became Colombia). For most of the first half of the 20th century, Venezuela was ruled by generally benevolent military strongmen, who promoted the oil industry and allowed for some social reforms. Democratically elected governments have held sway since 1959. Hugo CHAVEZ, president from 1999 to 2013, sought to implement his "21st Century Socialism," which purported to alleviate social ills while at the same time attacking capitalist globalization and existing democratic institutions. His hand-picked successor, President Nicolas MADURO, continues CHAVEZ's socialist programs. Current concerns include: a weakening of democratic institutions, political polarization, a politicized military, rampant violent crime, overdependence on the petroleum industry with its price fluctuations, foreign exchange controls that discourage private-sector investment, high inflation, a decline in the quality of fundamental houman rights, and widespread scarcity of consumer goods.

How big is Venezuela 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, Ministerio del Poder Popular de Finanzas, SENIAT.

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