Quality of Life Comparison


If you lived in Latvia instead of Chile, you would:


be 15.7% less likely to be obese

In Chile, 28.0% of adults are obese. In Latvia, that number is 23.6% of people.

live 4.2 years less

In Chile, the average life expectancy is 79 years (76 years for men, 82 years for women). In Latvia, that number is 75 years (70 years for men, 80 years for women).


make 12.7% more money

Chile has a GDP per capita of $24,500, while in Latvia, the GDP per capita is $27,600.

spend 42.5% less on taxes

Chile has a top tax rate of 40.0%. In Latvia, the top tax rate is 23.0%.

be 28.6% more likely to be unemployed

In Chile, 7.0% of adults are unemployed. In Latvia, that number is 9.0%.

be 77.1% more likely to be live below the poverty line

In Chile, 14.4% live below the poverty line. In Latvia, however, that number is 25.5%.


be 18.2% less likely to die during childbirth

In Chile, approximately 22.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Latvia, 18.0 women do.

be 21.2% less likely to die during infancy

In Chile, approximately 6.6 children die before they reach the age of one. In Latvia, on the other hand, 5.2 children do.

have 28.7% less children

In Chile, there are approximately 13.6 babies per 1,000 people. In Latvia, there are 9.7 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 21.1% more likely to have internet access

In Chile, approximately 66.0% of the population has internet access. In Latvia, about 79.9% do.


spend 24.4% less on healthcare

Chile spends 7.8% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Latvia, that number is 5.9% of GDP.


see 92.3% less coastline

Chile has a total of 6,435 km of coastline. In Latvia, that number is 498 km.

Latvia: At a glance

Latvia is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 62,249 sq km. The name "Latvia" originates from the ancient Latgalians, one of four eastern Baltic tribes that formed the ethnic core of the Latvian people (ca. 8th-12th centuries A.D.). The region subsequently came under the control of Germans, Poles, Swedes, and finally, Russians. A Latvian republic emerged following World War I, but it was annexed by the USSR in 1940 - an action never recognized by the US and many other countries. Latvia reestablished its independence in 1991 following the breakup of the Soviet Union. Although the last Russian troops left in 1994, the status of the Russian minority (some 28% of the population) remains of concern to Moscow. Latvia acceded to both NATO and the EU in the spring of 2004; it joined the eurozone in 2014.

How big is Latvia compared to Chile? See an in-depth size comparison.

The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: State Revenue Service, Latvia, The World Factbook, Chilean Tax Administration.


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