Quality of Life Comparison


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


be 18.3% less likely to be obese

In Malta, 28.9% of adults are obese. In Latvia, that number is 23.6% of people.

live 5.8 years less

In Malta, the average life expectancy is 80 years (78 years for men, 83 years for women). In Latvia, that number is 75 years (70 years for men, 80 years for women).


spend 34.3% less on taxes

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

make 34.3% less money

Malta has a GDP per capita of $42,000, while in Latvia, the GDP per capita is $27,600.

be 2.0 times more likely to be unemployed

In Malta, 4.4% of adults are unemployed. In Latvia, that number is 9.0%.

be 56.4% more likely to be live below the poverty line

In Malta, 16.3% live below the poverty line. In Latvia, however, that number is 25.5%.


be 100.0% more likely to die during childbirth

In Malta, approximately 9.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Latvia, 18.0 women do.

be 48.6% more likely to die during infancy

In Malta, approximately 3.5 children die before they reach the age of one. In Latvia, on the other hand, 5.2 children do.


spend 26.4% less on education

Malta spends 7.2% of its total GDP on education. Latvia spends 5.3% of total GDP on education.

spend 39.2% less on healthcare

Malta spends 9.7% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Latvia, that number is 5.9% of GDP.


see 2.5 times more coastline

Malta has a total of 197 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 Malta? 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, Government of Malta - Inland Revenue.


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