Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 2.3 years less


In Ecuador, the average life expectancy is 77 years (74 years for men, 80 years for women). In Latvia, that number is 75 years (70 years for men, 80 years for women).

be 18.6% more likely to be obese


In Ecuador, 19.9% of adults are obese. In Latvia, that number is 23.6% of people.

Economy

make 2.4 times more money


Ecuador has a GDP per capita of $11,500, while in Latvia, the GDP per capita is $27,600.

spend 34.3% less on taxes


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

be 95.7% more likely to be unemployed


In Ecuador, 4.6% of adults are unemployed. In Latvia, that number is 9.0%.

Life

be 71.9% less likely to die during childbirth


In Ecuador, approximately 64.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Latvia, 18.0 women do.

be 68.3% less likely to die during infancy


In Ecuador, approximately 16.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Latvia, on the other hand, 5.2 children do.

have 45.8% less children


In Ecuador, there are approximately 17.9 babies per 1,000 people. In Latvia, there are 9.7 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 47.7% more likely to have internet access


In Ecuador, approximately 54.1% of the population has internet access. In Latvia, about 79.9% do.

be 14.3% more likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Ecuador, approximately 87% of people have improved drinking water access (93% in urban areas, and 76% in rural areas). In Latvia, that number is 99% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 98% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 35.9% less on healthcare


Ecuador spends 9.2% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Latvia, that number is 5.9% of GDP.

Geography

see 77.7% less coastline


Ecuador has a total of 2,237 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 Ecuador? 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, Servicio de Rentas Internas del Ecuador.

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