Quality of Life Comparison


If you lived in Azerbaijan instead of Japan, you would:


live 12.5 years less

In Japan, the average life expectancy is 85 years (82 years for men, 89 years for women). In Azerbaijan, that number is 73 years (70 years for men, 76 years for women).

be 4.6 times more likely to be obese

In Japan, 4.3% of adults are obese. In Azerbaijan, that number is 19.9% of people.


be 69.6% less likely to be live below the poverty line

In Japan, 16.1% live below the poverty line. In Azerbaijan, however, that number is 4.9%.

spend 55.3% less on taxes

Japan has a top tax rate of 56.0%. In Azerbaijan, the top tax rate is 25.0%.

make 59.1% less money

Japan has a GDP per capita of $42,800, while in Azerbaijan, the GDP per capita is $17,500.

be 2.1 times more likely to be unemployed

In Japan, 2.9% of adults are unemployed. In Azerbaijan, that number is 6.0%.


have 2.1 times more children

In Japan, there are approximately 7.7 babies per 1,000 people. In Azerbaijan, there are 15.8 babies per 1,000 people.

be 5.0 times more likely to die during childbirth

In Japan, approximately 5.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Azerbaijan, 25.0 women do.

be 11.9 times more likely to die during infancy

In Japan, approximately 2.0 children die before they reach the age of one. In Azerbaijan, on the other hand, 23.8 children do.

Basic Needs

be 15.0% less likely to have internet access

In Japan, approximately 92.0% of the population has internet access. In Azerbaijan, about 78.2% do.

be 13.0% less likely to have access to improved drinking water

In Japan, approximately 100% of people have improved drinking water access (100% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas). In Azerbaijan, that number is 87% of people on average (95% in urban areas, and 78% in rural areas).


spend 16.7% less on education

Japan spends 3.6% of its total GDP on education. Azerbaijan spends 3.0% of total GDP on education.

spend 41.2% less on healthcare

Japan spends 10.2% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Azerbaijan, that number is 6.0% of GDP.

Azerbaijan: At a glance

Azerbaijan is a sovereign country in Middle East, with a total land area of approximately 82,629 sq km. Azerbaijan - a nation with a majority-Turkic and majority-Shia Muslim population - was briefly independent (from 1918 to 1920) following the collapse of the Russian Empire; it was subsequently incorporated into the Soviet Union for seven decades. Azerbaijan has yet to resolve its conflict with Armenia over Nagorno-Karabakh, a primarily Armenian-populated region that Moscow recognized in 1923 as an autonomous republic within Soviet Azerbaijan after Armenia and Azerbaijan disputed the territory's status. Armenia and Azerbaijan began fighting over the area in 1988; the struggle escalated after both countries attained independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. By May 1994, when a cease-fire took hold, ethnic Armenian forces held not only Nagorno-Karabakh but also seven surrounding provinces in the territory of Azerbaijan. The OSCE Minsk Group, co-chaired by the United States, France, and Russia, is the framework established to mediate a peaceful resolution of the conflict. Corruption in the country is widespread, and the government, which eliminated presidential term limits in a 2009 referendum, has been accused of authoritarianism. Although the poverty rate has been reduced and infrastructure investment has increased substantially in recent years due to revenue from oil and gas production, reforms have not adequately addressed weaknesses in most government institutions, particularly in the education and health sectors.

How big is Azerbaijan compared to Japan? See an in-depth size comparison.

The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Ministry of Taxes, National Tax Agency Japan.


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