Quality of Life Comparison


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


live 7.6 years longer

In Latvia, the average life expectancy is 75 years (70 years for men, 80 years for women). In Australia, that number is 82 years (80 years for men, 85 years for women).

be 22.9% more likely to be obese

In Latvia, 23.6% of adults are obese. In Australia, that number is 29.0% of people.


make 82.2% more money

Latvia has a GDP per capita of $27,600, while in Australia, the GDP per capita is $50,300.

be 37.8% less likely to be unemployed

In Latvia, 9.0% of adults are unemployed. In Australia, that number is 5.6%.

spend 95.7% more on taxes

Latvia has a top tax rate of 23.0%. In Australia, the top tax rate is 45.0%.


be 66.7% less likely to die during childbirth

In Latvia, approximately 18.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Australia, 6.0 women do.

be 17.3% less likely to die during infancy

In Latvia, approximately 5.2 children die before they reach the age of one. In Australia, on the other hand, 4.3 children do.

have 24.7% more children

In Latvia, there are approximately 9.7 babies per 1,000 people. In Australia, there are 12.1 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 10.4% more likely to have internet access

In Latvia, approximately 79.9% of the population has internet access. In Australia, about 88.2% do.


spend 59.3% more on healthcare

Latvia spends 5.9% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Australia, that number is 9.4% of GDP.


see 51.7 times more coastline

Latvia has a total of 498 km of coastline. In Australia, that number is 25,760 km.

Australia: At a glance

Australia is a sovereign country in Australia-Oceania, with a total land area of approximately 7,682,300 sq km. Prehistoric settlers arrived on the continent from Southeast Asia at least 40,000 years before the first Europeans began exploration in the 17th century. No formal territorial claims were made until 1770, when Capt. James COOK took possession of the east coast in the name of Great Britain (all of Australia was claimed as British territory in 1829 with the creation of the colony of Western Australia). Six colonies were created in the late 18th and 19th centuries; they federated and became the Commonwealth of Australia in 1901. The new country took advantage of its natural resources to rapidly develop agricultural and manufacturing industries and to make a major contribution to the Allied effort in World Wars I and II. In recent decades, Australia has become an internationally competitive, advanced market economy due in large part to economic reforms adopted in the 1980s and its location in one of the fastest growing regions of the world economy. Long-term concerns include aging of the population, pressure on infrastructure, and environmental issues such as floods, droughts, and bushfires. Australia is the driest inhabited continent on earth, making it particularly vulnerable to the challenges of climate change. Australia is home to 10 per cent of the world's biodiversity, and a great number of its flora and fauna exist nowhere else in the world. In January 2013, Australia assumed a nonpermanent seat on the UN Security Council for the 2013-14 term.

How big is Australia compared to Latvia? 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, Australian Taxation Office.


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