Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 1.0 years less


In China, the average life expectancy is 76 years (74 years for men, 78 years for women). In Latvia, that number is 75 years (70 years for men, 80 years for women).

be 3.8 times more likely to be obese


In China, 6.2% of adults are obese. In Latvia, that number is 23.6% of people.

Economy

make 65.3% more money


China has a GDP per capita of $16,700, while in Latvia, the GDP per capita is $27,600.

spend 48.9% less on taxes


China has a top tax rate of 45.0%. In Latvia, the top tax rate is 23.0%.

be 2.3 times more likely to be unemployed


In China, 3.9% of adults are unemployed. In Latvia, that number is 9.0%.

be 7.7 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In China, 3.3% live below the poverty line. In Latvia, however, that number is 25.5%.

Life

be 33.3% less likely to die during childbirth


In China, approximately 27.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Latvia, 18.0 women do.

be 56.7% less likely to die during infancy


In China, approximately 12.0 children die before they reach the age of one. In Latvia, on the other hand, 5.2 children do.

have 21.1% less children


In China, there are approximately 12.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Latvia, there are 9.7 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 50.2% more likely to have internet access


In China, approximately 53.2% of the population has internet access. In Latvia, about 79.9% do.

Geography

see 96.6% less coastline


China has a total of 14,500 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 China? 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, State Administration of Taxation.

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