Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Afghanistan instead of Iceland, you would:

Health

be 74.9% less likely to be obese


In Iceland, 21.9% of adults are obese. In Afghanistan, that number is 5.5% of people.

live 31.4 years less


In Iceland, the average life expectancy is 83 years (81 years for men, 85 years for women). In Afghanistan, that number is 52 years (50 years for men, 53 years for women).

Economy

spend 56.8% less on taxes


Iceland has a top tax rate of 46.3%. In Afghanistan, the top tax rate is 20.0%.

make 96.1% less money


Iceland has a GDP per capita of $51,800, while in Afghanistan, the GDP per capita is $2,000.

be 8.5 times more likely to be unemployed


In Iceland, 2.8% of adults are unemployed. In Afghanistan, that number is 23.9%.

Life

have 2.8 times more children


In Iceland, there are approximately 13.7 babies per 1,000 people. In Afghanistan, there are 37.9 babies per 1,000 people.

be 132.0 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Iceland, approximately 3.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Afghanistan, 396.0 women do.

be 52.7 times more likely to die during infancy


In Iceland, approximately 2.1 children die before they reach the age of one. In Afghanistan, on the other hand, 110.6 children do.

Basic Needs

be 57.0% less likely to have access to electricity


In Iceland, 100% of the population has electricity access. In Afghanistan, 43% of the population do.

be 89.2% less likely to have internet access


In Iceland, approximately 98.2% of the population has internet access. In Afghanistan, about 10.6% do.

be 44.7% less likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Iceland, approximately 100% of people have improved drinking water access (100% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas). In Afghanistan, that number is 55% of people on average (78% in urban areas, and 47% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 59.0% less on education


Iceland spends 7.8% of its total GDP on education. Afghanistan spends 3.2% of total GDP on education.

Afghanistan: At a glance

Afghanistan is a sovereign country in South Asia, with a total land area of approximately 652,230 sq km. Ahmad Shah DURRANI unified the Pashtun tribes and founded Afghanistan in 1747. The country served as a buffer between the British and Russian Empires until it won independence from notional British control in 1919. A brief experiment in democracy ended in a 1973 coup and a 1978 communist counter-coup. The Soviet Union invaded in 1979 to support the tottering Afghan communist regime, touching off a long and destructive war. The USSR withdrew in 1989 under relentless pressure by internationally supported anti-communist mujahedin rebels. A series of subsequent civil wars saw Kabul finally fall in 1996 to the Taliban, a hardline Pakistani-sponsored movement that emerged in 1994 to end the country's civil war and anarchy. Following the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks, a US, Allied, and anti-Taliban Northern Alliance military action toppled the Taliban for sheltering Osama BIN LADIN. The UN-sponsored Bonn Conference in 2001 established a process for political reconstruction that included the adoption of a new constitution, a presidential election in 2004, and National Assembly elections in 2005. In December 2004, Hamid KARZAI became the first democratically elected president of Afghanistan and the National Assembly was inaugurated the following December. KARZAI was re-elected in August 2009 for a second term. Despite gains toward building a stable central government, a resurgent Taliban and continuing provincial instability - particularly in the south and the east - remain serious challenges for the Afghan Government.

How big is Afghanistan compared to Iceland? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Afghanistan Revenue Department, Directorate of Internal Revenue.

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