Quality of Life Comparison


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


live 3.6 years longer

In Kazakhstan, the average life expectancy is 71 years (66 years for men, 76 years for women). In Latvia, that number is 75 years (70 years for men, 80 years for women).

be 12.4% more likely to be obese

In Kazakhstan, 21.0% of adults are obese. In Latvia, that number is 23.6% of people.


be 80.0% more likely to be unemployed

In Kazakhstan, 5.0% of adults are unemployed. In Latvia, that number is 9.0%.

be 9.8 times more likely to live below the poverty line

In Kazakhstan, 2.6% live below the poverty line. In Latvia, however, that number is 25.5%.

spend 2.3 times more on taxes

Kazakhstan has a top tax rate of 10.0%. In Latvia, the top tax rate is 23.0%.


be 73.5% less likely to die during infancy

In Kazakhstan, approximately 19.6 children die before they reach the age of one. In Latvia, on the other hand, 5.2 children do.

be 50.0% more likely to die during childbirth

In Kazakhstan, approximately 12.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Latvia, 18.0 women do.

have 46.4% fewer children

In Kazakhstan, there are approximately 18.1 babies per 1,000 people. In Latvia, there are 9.7 babies per 1,000 people.


spend 76.7% more on education

Kazakhstan spends 3.0% of its total GDP on education. Latvia spends 5.3% of total GDP on education.

spend 34.1% more on healthcare

Kazakhstan spends 4.4% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Latvia, that number is 5.9% of GDP.

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 Kazakhstan? 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, Tax Committee of the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Kazakhstan.


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