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

Health

be 97.9% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS

In Kenya, 4.7% of people are living with AIDS/HIV as of 2018. In Afghanistan, that number is 0.1% of people as of 2018.

be 22.5% less likely to be obese

In Kenya, 7.1% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Afghanistan, that number is 5.5% of people as of 2016.

live 16.2 years less

In Kenya, the average life expectancy is 69 years (67 years for men, 71 years for women) as of 2020. In Afghanistan, that number is 53 years (51 years for men, 54 years for women) as of 2020.

Economy

be 40.2% less likely to be unemployed

In Kenya, 40.0% of adults are unemployed as of 2013. In Afghanistan, that number is 23.9% as of 2017.

pay a 33.3% lower top tax rate

Kenya has a top tax rate of 30.0% as of 2016. In Afghanistan, the top tax rate is 20.0% as of 2016.

make 42.9% less money

Kenya has a GDP per capita of $3,500 as of 2017, while in Afghanistan, the GDP per capita is $2,000 as of 2017.

be 51.0% more likely to live below the poverty line

In Kenya, 36.1% live below the poverty line as of 2016. In Afghanistan, however, that number is 54.5% as of 2017.

Life

have 34.9% more children

In Kenya, there are approximately 27.2 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Afghanistan, there are 36.7 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

be 86.5% more likely to die during childbirth

In Kenya, approximately 342.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Afghanistan, 638.0 women do as of 2017.

be 47.2% less likely to be literate

In Kenya, the literacy rate is 81.5% as of 2018. In Afghanistan, it is 43.0% as of 2018.

be 3.5 times more likely to die during infancy

In Kenya, approximately 29.8 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Afghanistan, on the other hand, 104.3 children do as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 50.2% more likely to have access to electricity

In Kenya, approximately 56% of people have electricity access (78% in urban areas, and 39% in rural areas) as of 2017. In Afghanistan, that number is 84% of people on average (98% in urban areas, and 79% in rural areas) as of 2012.

be 24.3% less likely to have internet access

In Kenya, approximately 17.8% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Afghanistan, about 13.5% do as of 2018.

Expenditures

spend 21.2% less on education

Kenya spends 5.2% of its total GDP on education as of 2017. Afghanistan spends 4.1% of total GDP on education as of 2017.


The statistics above were calculated using the following data sources: Revenue Authority, The World Factbook, Afghanistan Revenue Department.

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.
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