Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Colombia instead of Kazakhstan, you would:

Health

live 4.8 years longer


In Kazakhstan, the average life expectancy is 71 years (66 years for men, 76 years for women). In Colombia, that number is 76 years (73 years for men, 79 years for women).

Economy

make 44.9% less money


Kazakhstan has a GDP per capita of $26,300, while in Colombia, the GDP per capita is $14,500.

be 2.1 times more likely to be unemployed


In Kazakhstan, 5.0% of adults are unemployed. In Colombia, that number is 10.5%.

be 10.8 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In Kazakhstan, 2.6% live below the poverty line. In Colombia, however, that number is 28.0%.

spend 3.3 times more on taxes


Kazakhstan has a top tax rate of 10.0%. In Colombia, the top tax rate is 33.0%.

Life

be 30.6% less likely to die during infancy


In Kazakhstan, approximately 19.6 children die before they reach the age of one. In Colombia, on the other hand, 13.6 children do.

be 5.3 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Kazakhstan, approximately 12.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Colombia, 64.0 women do.

have 11.0% less children


In Kazakhstan, there are approximately 18.1 babies per 1,000 people. In Colombia, there are 16.1 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 24.3% less likely to have internet access


In Kazakhstan, approximately 76.8% of the population has internet access. In Colombia, about 58.1% do.

Expenditures

spend 50.0% more on education


Kazakhstan spends 3.0% of its total GDP on education. Colombia spends 4.5% of total GDP on education.

spend 63.6% more on healthcare


Kazakhstan spends 4.4% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Colombia, that number is 7.2% of GDP.

Colombia: At a glance

Colombia is a sovereign country in South America, with a total land area of approximately 1,038,700 sq km. Colombia was one of the three countries that emerged from the collapse of Gran Colombia in 1830 (the others are Ecuador and Venezuela). A nearly five-decade long conflict between government forces and anti-government insurgent groups, principally the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) heavily funded by the drug trade, escalated during the 1990s. More than 31,000 former paramilitaries had demobilized by the end of 2006 and the United Self Defense Forces of Colombia as a formal organization had ceased to function. In the wake of the paramilitary demobilization, emerging criminal groups arose, whose members include some former paramilitaries. The insurgents lack the military or popular support necessary to overthrow the government, but continue attacks against civilians. Large areas of the countryside are under guerrilla influence or are contested by security forces. In November 2012, the Colombian Government started formal peace negotiations with the FARC aimed at reaching a definitive bilateral ceasefire and incorporating demobilized FARC members into mainstream society and politics. The Colombian Government has stepped up efforts to reassert government control throughout the country, and now has a presence in every one of its administrative departments. Despite decades of internal conflict and drug related security challenges, Colombia maintains relatively strong democratic institutions characterized by peaceful, transparent elections and the protection of civil liberties.

How big is Colombia compared to Kazakhstan? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Directorate of National Taxes and Customs (DIAN), Tax Committee of the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

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