Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 6.7 years longer


In Kenya, the average life expectancy is 69 years (67 years for men, 71 years for women) as of 2020. In Turkey, that number is 76 years (73 years for men, 78 years for women) as of 2020.

be 4.5 times more likely to be obese


In Kenya, 7.1% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Turkey, that number is 32.1% of people as of 2016.

Economy

make 7.7 times more money


Kenya has a GDP per capita of $3,500 as of 2017, while in Turkey, the GDP per capita is $27,000 as of 2017.

be 72.8% less likely to be unemployed


In Kenya, 40.0% of adults are unemployed as of 2013. In Turkey, that number is 10.9% as of 2017.

be 39.3% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Kenya, 36.1% live below the poverty line as of 2016. In Turkey, however, that number is 21.9% as of 2015.

pay a 16.7% higher top tax rate


Kenya has a top tax rate of 30.0% as of 2016. In Turkey, the top tax rate is 35.0% as of 2016.

Life

be 95.0% less likely to die during childbirth


In Kenya, approximately 342.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Turkey, 17.0 women do as of 2017.

be 18.0% more likely to be literate


In Kenya, the literacy rate is 81.5% as of 2018. In Turkey, it is 96.2% as of 2017.

be 47.0% less likely to die during infancy


In Kenya, approximately 29.8 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Turkey, on the other hand, 15.8 children do as of 2020.

have 45.6% fewer children


In Kenya, there are approximately 27.2 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Turkey, there are 14.8 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 78.6% more likely to have access to electricity


In Kenya, approximately 56% of the population has electricity access as of 2017. In Turkey, 100% of the population do as of 2016.

be 4.0 times more likely to have internet access


In Kenya, approximately 17.8% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Turkey, about 71.0% do as of 2018.

be 45.4% more likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Kenya, approximately 68% of people have improved drinking water access (89% in urban areas, and 60% in rural areas) as of 2017. In Turkey, that number is 99% of people on average (99% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas) as of 2017.

Expenditures

spend 17.3% less on education


Kenya spends 5.2% of its total GDP on education as of 2017. Turkey spends 4.3% of total GDP on education as of 2015.

Geography

see 13.4 times more coastline


Kenya has a total of 536 km of coastline. In Turkey, that number is 7,200 km.

Turkey: At a glance

Turkey is a sovereign country in Middle East, with a total land area of approximately 769,632 sq km. Modern Turkey was founded in 1923 from the Anatolian remnants of the defeated Ottoman Empire by national hero Mustafa KEMAL, who was later honored with the title Ataturk or "Father of the Turks." Under his leadership, the country adopted wide-ranging social, legal, and political reforms. After a period of one-party rule, an experiment with multi-party politics led to the 1950 election victory of the opposition Democratic Party and the peaceful transfer of power. Since then, Turkish political parties have multiplied, but democracy has been fractured by periods of instability and intermittent military coups (1960, 1971, 1980), which in each case eventually resulted in a return of political power to civilians. In 1997, the military again helped engineer the ouster - popularly dubbed a "post-modern coup" - of the then Islamic-oriented government. Turkey intervened militarily on Cyprus in 1974 to prevent a Greek takeover of the island and has since acted as patron state to the "Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus," which only Turkey recognizes. A separatist insurgency begun in 1984 by the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) - now known as the Kurdistan People's Congress or Kongra-Gel (KGK) - has dominated the Turkish military's attention and claimed more than 30,000 lives. After the capture of the group's leader in 1999, the insurgents largely withdrew from Turkey mainly to northern Iraq. In 2013, KGK and the Turkish Government agreed to a ceasefire that continues despite slow progress in ongoing peace talks. Turkey joined the UN in 1945 and in 1952 it became a member of NATO. In 1964, Turkey became an associate member of the European Community. Over the past decade, it has undertaken many reforms to strengthen its democracy and economy; it began accession membership talks with the European Union in 2005.

How big is Turkey compared to Kenya? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: Revenue Authority, The World Factbook, Revenue Administration, Government of Turkey.

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