Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 36.0% more likely to be obese


In Latvia, 23.6% of adults are obese. In Turkey, that number is 32.1% of people.

Economy

be 14.1% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Latvia, 25.5% live below the poverty line. In Turkey, however, that number is 21.9%.

be 24.4% more likely to be unemployed


In Latvia, 9.0% of adults are unemployed. In Turkey, that number is 11.2%.

spend 52.2% more on taxes


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

Life

have 61.9% more children


In Latvia, there are approximately 9.7 babies per 1,000 people. In Turkey, there are 15.7 babies per 1,000 people.

be 3.4 times more likely to die during infancy


In Latvia, approximately 5.2 children die before they reach the age of one. In Turkey, on the other hand, 17.6 children do.

Basic Needs

be 27.0% less likely to have internet access


In Latvia, approximately 79.9% of the population has internet access. In Turkey, about 58.3% do.

Expenditures

spend 17.0% less on education


Latvia spends 5.3% of its total GDP on education. Turkey spends 4.4% of total GDP on education.

Geography

see 14.5 times more coastline


Latvia has a total of 498 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 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, Revenue Administration, Government of Turkey.

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