Quality of Life Comparison


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


be 10.6% less likely to be obese

In Hungary, 26.4% of adults are obese. In Latvia, that number is 23.6% of people.

live 1.4 years less

In Hungary, the average life expectancy is 76 years (72 years for men, 80 years for women). In Latvia, that number is 75 years (70 years for men, 80 years for women).


be 2.0 times more likely to be unemployed

In Hungary, 4.4% of adults are unemployed. In Latvia, that number is 9.0%.

be 71.1% more likely to be live below the poverty line

In Hungary, 14.9% live below the poverty line. In Latvia, however, that number is 25.5%.

spend 53.3% more on taxes

Hungary has a top tax rate of 15.0%. In Latvia, the top tax rate is 23.0%.


spend 20.3% less on healthcare

Hungary spends 7.4% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Latvia, that number is 5.9% of GDP.

spend 15.2% more on education

Hungary spends 4.6% of its total GDP on education. Latvia spends 5.3% of total GDP on education.

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 Hungary? 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, National Tax and Customs Administration of Hungary.


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