If you lived in Latvia instead of New Zealand, you would:

Health

be 23.4% less likely to be obese

In New Zealand, 30.8% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Latvia, that number is 23.6% of people as of 2016.

live 6.7 years less

In New Zealand, the average life expectancy is 82 years (80 years for men, 84 years for women) as of 2020. In Latvia, that number is 75 years (71 years for men, 80 years for women) as of 2020.

Economy

pay a 30.3% lower top tax rate

New Zealand has a top tax rate of 33.0% as of 2016. In Latvia, the top tax rate is 23.0% as of 2016.

make 29.0% less money

New Zealand has a GDP per capita of $39,000 as of 2017, while in Latvia, the GDP per capita is $27,700 as of 2017.

be 85.1% more likely to be unemployed

In New Zealand, 4.7% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Latvia, that number is 8.7% as of 2017.

Life

be 2.1 times more likely to die during childbirth

In New Zealand, approximately 9.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Latvia, 19.0 women do as of 2017.

be 42.9% more likely to die during infancy

In New Zealand, approximately 3.5 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Latvia, on the other hand, 5.0 children do as of 2020.

have 28.1% fewer children

In New Zealand, there are approximately 12.8 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Latvia, there are 9.2 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Expenditures

spend 17.2% less on education

New Zealand spends 6.4% of its total GDP on education as of 2016. Latvia spends 5.3% of total GDP on education as of 2015.

Geography

see 96.7% less coastline

New Zealand has a total of 15,134 km of coastline. In Latvia, that number is 498 km.


The statistics above were calculated using the following data sources: State Revenue Service, Latvia, The World Factbook, New Zealand Inland Revenue Department.

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.
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