Quality of Life Comparison

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If you lived in Uzbekistan instead of Tajikistan, you would:

Health

live 5.9 years longer


In Tajikistan, the average life expectancy is 68 years (65 years for men, 71 years for women). In Uzbekistan, that number is 74 years (71 years for men, 77 years for women).

be 16.9% more likely to be obese


In Tajikistan, 14.2% of adults are obese. In Uzbekistan, that number is 16.6% of people.

Economy

make 2.2 times more money


Tajikistan has a GDP per capita of $3,200, while in Uzbekistan, the GDP per capita is $6,900.

be 55.6% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Tajikistan, 31.5% live below the poverty line. In Uzbekistan, however, that number is 14.0%.

be 2.0 times more likely to be unemployed


In Tajikistan, 2.4% of adults are unemployed. In Uzbekistan, that number is 4.9%.

spend 76.9% more on taxes


Tajikistan has a top tax rate of 13.0%. In Uzbekistan, the top tax rate is 23.0%.

Life

be 43.4% less likely to die during infancy


In Tajikistan, approximately 31.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Uzbekistan, on the other hand, 18.0 children do.

have 27.9% less children


In Tajikistan, there are approximately 23.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Uzbekistan, there are 16.8 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 2.3 times more likely to have internet access


In Tajikistan, approximately 20.5% of the population has internet access. In Uzbekistan, about 46.8% do.

be 18.3% more likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Tajikistan, approximately 74% of people have improved drinking water access (93% in urban areas, and 67% in rural areas). In Uzbekistan, that number is 87% of people on average (98% in urban areas, and 81% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 15.9% less on healthcare


Tajikistan spends 6.9% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Uzbekistan, that number is 5.8% of GDP.

Uzbekistan: At a glance

Uzbekistan is a sovereign country in Central Asia, with a total land area of approximately 425,400 sq km. Russia conquered the territory of present-day Uzbekistan in the late 19th century. Stiff resistance to the Red Army after the Bolshevik Revolution was eventually suppressed and a socialist republic established in 1924. During the Soviet era, intensive production of "white gold" (cotton) and grain led to overuse of agrochemicals and the depletion of water supplies, which have left the land degraded and the Aral Sea and certain rivers half dry. Independent since 1991, the country has lessened its dependence on the cotton monoculture by diversifying agricultural production while developing its mineral and petroleum export capacity and increasing its manufacturing base. However, longserving septuagenarian President Islom KARIMOV, who rose through the ranks of the Soviet-era State Planning Committee (Gosplan), remains wedded to the concepts of a command economy, creating a challenging environment for foreign investment. Current concerns include post-KARIMOV succession, terrorism by Islamic militants, economic stagnation, and the curtailment of human rights and democratization.

How big is Uzbekistan compared to Tajikistan? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: National Center of Legislation under the President of the Republic of Tajikistan, The World Factbook, State Tax Committee.

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