Quality of Life Comparison


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


live 5.3 years longer

In Philippines, the average life expectancy is 69 years (66 years for men, 73 years for women). In Latvia, that number is 75 years (70 years for men, 80 years for women).

be 3.7 times more likely to be obese

In Philippines, 6.4% of adults are obese. In Latvia, that number is 23.6% of people.


make 3.3 times more money

Philippines has a GDP per capita of $8,300, while in Latvia, the GDP per capita is $27,600.

spend 28.1% less on taxes

Philippines has a top tax rate of 32.0%. In Latvia, the top tax rate is 23.0%.

be 57.9% more likely to be unemployed

In Philippines, 5.7% of adults are unemployed. In Latvia, that number is 9.0%.

be 18.1% more likely to be live below the poverty line

In Philippines, 21.6% live below the poverty line. In Latvia, however, that number is 25.5%.


be 84.2% less likely to die during childbirth

In Philippines, approximately 114.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Latvia, 18.0 women do.

be 75.7% less likely to die during infancy

In Philippines, approximately 21.4 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 Philippines, there are approximately 23.7 babies per 1,000 people. In Latvia, there are 9.7 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 13.6% more likely to have access to electricity

In Philippines, 88% of the population has electricity access. In Latvia, 100% of the population do.

be 44.0% more likely to have internet access

In Philippines, approximately 55.5% of the population has internet access. In Latvia, about 79.9% do.


spend 96.3% more on education

Philippines spends 2.7% of its total GDP on education. Latvia spends 5.3% of total GDP on education.

spend 25.5% more on healthcare

Philippines spends 4.7% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Latvia, that number is 5.9% of GDP.


see 98.6% less coastline

Philippines has a total of 36,289 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 Philippines? 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, Bureau of Internal Revenue.


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