Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Latvia instead of Papua New Guinea, you would:

Health

live 7.4 years longer


In Papua New Guinea, the average life expectancy is 67 years (65 years for men, 70 years for women). In Latvia, that number is 75 years (70 years for men, 80 years for women).

be 10.8% more likely to be obese


In Papua New Guinea, 21.3% of adults are obese. In Latvia, that number is 23.6% of people.

Economy

make 7.5 times more money


Papua New Guinea has a GDP per capita of $3,700, while in Latvia, the GDP per capita is $27,600.

be 31.1% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Papua New Guinea, 37.0% live below the poverty line. In Latvia, however, that number is 25.5%.

spend 45.2% less on taxes


Papua New Guinea has a top tax rate of 42.0%. In Latvia, the top tax rate is 23.0%.

be 3.6 times more likely to be unemployed


In Papua New Guinea, 2.5% of adults are unemployed. In Latvia, that number is 9.0%.

Life

be 91.6% less likely to die during childbirth


In Papua New Guinea, approximately 215.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Latvia, 18.0 women do.

be 55.6% more likely to be literate


In Papua New Guinea, the literacy rate is 64.2%. In Latvia, it is 99.9%.

be 85.7% less likely to die during infancy


In Papua New Guinea, approximately 36.3 children die before they reach the age of one. In Latvia, on the other hand, 5.2 children do.

have 59.1% less children


In Papua New Guinea, there are approximately 23.7 babies per 1,000 people. In Latvia, there are 9.7 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 5.6 times more likely to have access to electricity


In Papua New Guinea, 18% of the population has electricity access. In Latvia, 100% of the population do.

be 8.3 times more likely to have internet access


In Papua New Guinea, approximately 9.6% of the population has internet access. In Latvia, about 79.9% do.

be 2.5 times more likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Papua New Guinea, approximately 40% of people have improved drinking water access (88% in urban areas, and 33% in rural areas). In Latvia, that number is 99% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 98% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 37.2% more on healthcare


Papua New Guinea spends 4.3% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Latvia, that number is 5.9% of GDP.

Geography

see 90.3% less coastline


Papua New Guinea has a total of 5,152 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 Papua New Guinea? 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, Internal Revenue Commission, Papua New Guinea.

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