Quality of Life Comparison


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


live 24.3 years longer

In Afghanistan, the average life expectancy is 52 years (50 years for men, 53 years for women). In Venezuela, that number is 76 years (73 years for men, 79 years for women).

be 4.7 times more likely to be obese

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


make 6.0 times more money

Afghanistan has a GDP per capita of $2,000, while in Venezuela, the GDP per capita is $12,100.

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

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

be 10.5% more likely to be unemployed

In Afghanistan, 23.9% of adults are unemployed. In Venezuela, that number is 26.4%.

spend 70.0% more on taxes

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


be 76.0% less likely to die during childbirth

In Afghanistan, approximately 396.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Venezuela, 95.0 women do.

be 2.5 times more likely to be literate

In Afghanistan, the literacy rate is 38.2%. In Venezuela, it is 97.1%.

be 89.0% less likely to die during infancy

In Afghanistan, approximately 110.6 children die before they reach the age of one. In Venezuela, on the other hand, 12.2 children do.

have 50.4% fewer children

In Afghanistan, there are approximately 37.9 babies per 1,000 people. In Venezuela, there are 18.8 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 2.3 times more likely to have access to electricity

In Afghanistan, 43% of people have electricity access (83% in urban areas, and 32% in rural areas). In Venezuela, that number is 100% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 99% in rural areas).

be 5.7 times more likely to have internet access

In Afghanistan, approximately 10.6% of the population has internet access. In Venezuela, about 60.0% do.

be 68.4% 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 Venezuela, that number is 93% of people on average (95% in urban areas, and 78% in rural areas).


spend 35.4% less on healthcare

Afghanistan spends 8.2% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Venezuela, that number is 5.3% of GDP.

spend 2.2 times more on education

Afghanistan spends 3.2% of its total GDP on education. Venezuela spends 6.9% of total GDP on education.

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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