Quality of Life Comparison


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


live 2.3 years longer

In Latvia, the average life expectancy is 75 years (70 years for men, 80 years for women). In Ecuador, that number is 77 years (74 years for men, 80 years for women).

be 15.7% less likely to be obese

In Latvia, 23.6% of adults are obese. In Ecuador, that number is 19.9% of people.


be 48.9% less likely to be unemployed

In Latvia, 9.0% of adults are unemployed. In Ecuador, that number is 4.6%.

make 58.3% less money

Latvia has a GDP per capita of $27,600, while in Ecuador, the GDP per capita is $11,500.

spend 52.2% more on taxes

Latvia has a top tax rate of 23.0%. In Ecuador, the top tax rate is 35.0%.


have 84.5% more children

In Latvia, there are approximately 9.7 babies per 1,000 people. In Ecuador, there are 17.9 babies per 1,000 people.

be 3.6 times more likely to die during childbirth

In Latvia, approximately 18.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Ecuador, 64.0 women do.

be 3.2 times more likely to die during infancy

In Latvia, approximately 5.2 children die before they reach the age of one. In Ecuador, on the other hand, 16.4 children do.

Basic Needs

be 32.3% less likely to have internet access

In Latvia, approximately 79.9% of the population has internet access. In Ecuador, about 54.1% do.

be 12.5% less likely to have access to improved drinking water

In Latvia, approximately 99% of people have improved drinking water access (100% in urban areas, and 98% in rural areas). In Ecuador, that number is 87% of people on average (93% in urban areas, and 76% in rural areas).


spend 55.9% more on healthcare

Latvia spends 5.9% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Ecuador, that number is 9.2% of GDP.


see 4.5 times more coastline

Latvia has a total of 498 km of coastline. In Ecuador, that number is 2,237 km.

Ecuador: At a glance

Ecuador is a sovereign country in South America, with a total land area of approximately 276,841 sq km. What is now Ecuador formed part of the northern Inca Empire until the Spanish conquest in 1533. Quito became a seat of Spanish colonial government in 1563 and part of the Viceroyalty of New Granada in 1717. The territories of the Viceroyalty - New Granada (Colombia), Venezuela, and Quito - gained their independence between 1819 and 1822 and formed a federation known as Gran Colombia. When Quito withdrew in 1830, the traditional name was changed in favor of the "Republic of the Equator." Between 1904 and 1942, Ecuador lost territories in a series of conflicts with its neighbors. A border war with Peru that flared in 1995 was resolved in 1999. Although Ecuador marked 30 years of civilian governance in 2004, the period was marred by political instability. Protests in Quito contributed to the mid-term ouster of three of Ecuador's last four democratically elected presidents. In late 2008, voters approved a new constitution, Ecuador's 20th since gaining independence. General elections were held in February 2013, and voters re-elected President Rafael CORREA.

How big is Ecuador 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, Servicio de Rentas Internas del Ecuador.


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