Quality of Life Comparison


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


be 10.3% less likely to be obese

In Lithuania, 26.3% of adults are obese. In Latvia, that number is 23.6% of people.


make 14.6% less money

Lithuania has a GDP per capita of $32,300, while in Latvia, the GDP per capita is $27,600.

be 28.6% more likely to be unemployed

In Lithuania, 7.0% of adults are unemployed. In Latvia, that number is 9.0%.

be 14.9% more likely to be live below the poverty line

In Lithuania, 22.2% live below the poverty line. In Latvia, however, that number is 25.5%.

spend 53.3% more on taxes

Lithuania has a top tax rate of 15.0%. In Latvia, the top tax rate is 23.0%.


be 80.0% more likely to die during childbirth

In Lithuania, approximately 10.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Latvia, 18.0 women do.

be 36.8% more likely to die during infancy

In Lithuania, approximately 3.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Latvia, on the other hand, 5.2 children do.


spend 10.6% less on healthcare

Lithuania spends 6.6% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Latvia, that number is 5.9% of GDP.

spend 17.8% more on education

Lithuania spends 4.5% of its total GDP on education. Latvia spends 5.3% of total GDP on education.


see 5.5 times more coastline

Lithuania has a total of 90 km of coastline. In Latvia, that number is 498 km.

Latvia: At a glance

Latvia is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 62,249 sq km. The name "Latvia" originates from the ancient Latgalians, one of four eastern Baltic tribes that formed the ethnic core of the Latvian people (ca. 8th-12th centuries A.D.). The region subsequently came under the control of Germans, Poles, Swedes, and finally, Russians. A Latvian republic emerged following World War I, but it was annexed by the USSR in 1940 - an action never recognized by the US and many other countries. Latvia reestablished its independence in 1991 following the breakup of the Soviet Union. Although the last Russian troops left in 1994, the status of the Russian minority (some 28% of the population) remains of concern to Moscow. Latvia acceded to both NATO and the EU in the spring of 2004; it joined the eurozone in 2014.

How big is Latvia compared to Lithuania? 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, State Tax Inspectorate.


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