Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Kazakhstan instead of Canada, you would:

Health

be 28.6% less likely to be obese


In Canada, 29.4% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Kazakhstan, that number is 21.0% of people as of 2016.

live 11.4 years less


In Canada, the average life expectancy is 83 years (81 years for men, 86 years for women) as of 2020. In Kazakhstan, that number is 72 years (67 years for men, 77 years for women) as of 2020.

Economy

be 20.6% less likely to be unemployed


In Canada, 6.3% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Kazakhstan, that number is 5.0% as of 2017.

be 72.3% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Canada, 9.4% live below the poverty line as of 2008. In Kazakhstan, however, that number is 2.6% as of 2016.

pay a 69.7% lower top tax rate


Canada has a top tax rate of 33.0% as of 2016. In Kazakhstan, the top tax rate is 10.0% as of 2016.

make 45.7% less money


Canada has a GDP per capita of $48,400 as of 2017, while in Kazakhstan, the GDP per capita is $26,300 as of 2017.

Life

have 60.8% more children


In Canada, there are approximately 10.2 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Kazakhstan, there are 16.4 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

be 4.2 times more likely to die during infancy


In Canada, approximately 4.3 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Kazakhstan, on the other hand, 17.9 children do as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 13.3% less likely to have internet access


In Canada, approximately 91.0% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Kazakhstan, about 78.9% do as of 2018.

Expenditures

spend 47.2% less on education


Canada spends 5.3% of its total GDP on education as of 2011. Kazakhstan spends 2.8% of total GDP on education as of 2017.

Kazakhstan: At a glance

Kazakhstan is a sovereign country in Central Asia, with a total land area of approximately 2,699,700 sq km. Ethnic Kazakhs, a mix of Turkic and Mongol nomadic tribes who migrated to the region by the 13th century, were rarely united as a single nation. The area was conquered by Russia in the 18th century, and Kazakhstan became a Soviet Republic in 1936. During the 1950s and 1960s agricultural "Virgin Lands" program, Soviet citizens were encouraged to help cultivate Kazakhstan's northern pastures. This influx of immigrants (mostly Russians, but also some other deported nationalities) skewed the ethnic mixture and enabled non-ethnic Kazakhs to outnumber natives. Non-Muslim ethnic minorities departed Kazakhstan in large numbers from the mid-1990s through the mid-2000s and a national program has repatriated about a million ethnic Kazakhs back to Kazakhstan. These trends have allowed Kazakhs to become the titular majority again. This dramatic demographic shift has also undermined the previous religious diversity and made the country more than 70 percent Muslim. Kazakhstan's economy is larger than those of all the other Central Asian states largely due to the country's vast natural resources. Current issues include: developing a cohesive national identity; managing Islamic revivalism; expanding the development of the country's vast energy resources and exporting them to world markets; diversifying the economy outside the oil, gas, and mining sectors; enhancing Kazakhstan's economic competitiveness; developing a multiparty parliament and advancing political and social reform; and strengthening relations with neighboring states and other foreign powers.

How big is Kazakhstan compared to Canada? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Canada Revenue Agency, Tax Committee of the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

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