Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Afghanistan instead of Congo, Republic of the, you would:

Health

be 96.2% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Congo, Republic of the, 2.6% of people are living with AIDS/HIV as of 2018. In Afghanistan, that number is 0.1% of people as of 2018.

be 42.7% less likely to be obese


In Congo, Republic of the, 9.6% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Afghanistan, that number is 5.5% of people as of 2016.

live 8.5 years less


In Congo, Republic of the, the average life expectancy is 61 years (60 years for men, 63 years for women) as of 2020. In Afghanistan, that number is 53 years (51 years for men, 54 years for women) as of 2020.

Economy

be 33.6% less likely to be unemployed


In Congo, Republic of the, 36.0% of adults are unemployed as of 2014. In Afghanistan, that number is 23.9% as of 2017.

make 70.6% less money


Congo, Republic of the has a GDP per capita of $6,800 as of 2017, while in Afghanistan, the GDP per capita is $2,000 as of 2017.

be 17.2% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In Congo, Republic of the, 46.5% live below the poverty line as of 2011. In Afghanistan, however, that number is 54.5% as of 2017.

Life

have 12.6% more children


In Congo, Republic of the, there are approximately 32.6 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Afghanistan, there are 36.7 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

be 68.8% more likely to die during childbirth


In Congo, Republic of the, approximately 378.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Afghanistan, 638.0 women do as of 2017.

be 46.5% less likely to be literate


In Congo, Republic of the, the literacy rate is 80.3% as of 2018. In Afghanistan, it is 43.0% as of 2018.

be 2.1 times more likely to die during infancy


In Congo, Republic of the, approximately 50.7 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Afghanistan, on the other hand, 104.3 children do as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 48.6% more likely to have access to electricity


In Congo, Republic of the, approximately 57% of people have electricity access (74% in urban areas, and 23% in rural areas) as of 2017. In Afghanistan, that number is 84% of people on average (98% in urban areas, and 79% in rural areas) as of 2012.

be 56.1% more likely to have internet access


In Congo, Republic of the, approximately 8.7% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Afghanistan, about 13.5% do as of 2018.

be 16.1% less likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Congo, Republic of the, approximately 84% of people have improved drinking water access (98% in urban areas, and 56% in rural areas) as of 2017. In Afghanistan, that number is 70% of people on average (96% in urban areas, and 61% in rural areas) as of 2017.

Expenditures

spend 10.9% less on education


Congo, Republic of the spends 4.6% of its total GDP on education as of 2015. Afghanistan spends 4.1% of total GDP on education as of 2017.

Afghanistan: At a glance

Afghanistan is a sovereign country in South Asia, with a total land area of approximately 652,230 sq km. Ahmad Shah DURRANI unified the Pashtun tribes and founded Afghanistan in 1747. The country served as a buffer between the British and Russian Empires until it won independence from notional British control in 1919. A brief experiment in democracy ended in a 1973 coup and a 1978 communist counter-coup. The Soviet Union invaded in 1979 to support the tottering Afghan communist regime, touching off a long and destructive war. The USSR withdrew in 1989 under relentless pressure by internationally supported anti-communist mujahedin rebels. A series of subsequent civil wars saw Kabul finally fall in 1996 to the Taliban, a hardline Pakistani-sponsored movement that emerged in 1994 to end the country's civil war and anarchy. Following the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks, a US, Allied, and anti-Taliban Northern Alliance military action toppled the Taliban for sheltering Osama BIN LADIN. The UN-sponsored Bonn Conference in 2001 established a process for political reconstruction that included the adoption of a new constitution, a presidential election in 2004, and National Assembly elections in 2005. In December 2004, Hamid KARZAI became the first democratically elected president of Afghanistan and the National Assembly was inaugurated the following December. KARZAI was re-elected in August 2009 for a second term. Despite gains toward building a stable central government, a resurgent Taliban and continuing provincial instability - particularly in the south and the east - remain serious challenges for the Afghan Government.

How big is Afghanistan compared to Congo, Republic of the? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook.

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