Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Albania instead of Ecuador, you would:

Health

live 1.5 years longer


In Ecuador, the average life expectancy is 77 years (74 years for men, 80 years for women). In Albania, that number is 78 years (76 years for men, 81 years for women).

Economy

spend 34.3% less on taxes


Ecuador has a top tax rate of 35.0%. In Albania, the top tax rate is 23.0%.

be 3.0 times more likely to be unemployed


In Ecuador, 4.6% of adults are unemployed. In Albania, that number is 14.0%.

Life

be 54.7% less likely to die during childbirth


In Ecuador, approximately 64.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Albania, 29.0 women do.

be 27.4% less likely to die during infancy


In Ecuador, approximately 16.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Albania, on the other hand, 11.9 children do.

have 26.3% less children


In Ecuador, there are approximately 17.9 babies per 1,000 people. In Albania, there are 13.2 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 22.7% more likely to have internet access


In Ecuador, approximately 54.1% of the population has internet access. In Albania, about 66.4% do.

Expenditures

spend 30.0% less on education


Ecuador spends 5.0% of its total GDP on education. Albania spends 3.5% of total GDP on education.

spend 10.9% less on healthcare


Ecuador spends 9.2% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Albania, that number is 8.2% of GDP.

Geography

see 83.8% less coastline


Ecuador has a total of 2,237 km of coastline. In Albania, that number is 362 km.

Albania: At a glance

Albania is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 27,398 sq km. Albania declared its independence from the Ottoman Empire in 1912, but was conquered by Italy in 1939, and occupied by Germany in 1943. Communist partisans took over the country in 1944. Albania allied itself first with the USSR (until 1960), and then with China (to 1978). In the early 1990s, Albania ended 46 years of xenophobic communist rule and established a multiparty democracy. The transition has proven challenging as successive governments have tried to deal with high unemployment, widespread corruption, dilapidated infrastructure, powerful organized crime networks, and combative political opponents. Albania has made progress in its democratic development since first holding multiparty elections in 1991, but deficiencies remain. International observers judged elections to be largely free and fair since the restoration of political stability following the collapse of pyramid schemes in 1997; however, each of Albania's post-communist elections have been marred by claims of electoral fraud. The 2009 general elections resulted in a coalition government, the first such in the country's history. In 2013, general elections achieved a peaceful transition of power and a second successive coalition government. Albania joined NATO in April 2009 and is a potential candidate for EU accession. Although Albania's economy continues to grow, it has slowed, and the country is still one of the poorest in Europe. A large informal economy and an inadequate energy and transportation infrastructure remain obstacles.

How big is Albania compared to Ecuador? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Albanian Taxation Office, Servicio de Rentas Internas del Ecuador.

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