Quality of Life Comparison


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


be 84.4% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS

In Tanzania, 4.5% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Latvia, that number is 0.7% of people.

live 12.1 years longer

In Tanzania, the average life expectancy is 63 years (61 years for men, 64 years for women). In Latvia, that number is 75 years (70 years for men, 80 years for women).

be 2.8 times more likely to be obese

In Tanzania, 8.4% of adults are obese. In Latvia, that number is 23.6% of people.


make 8.6 times more money

Tanzania has a GDP per capita of $3,200, while in Latvia, the GDP per capita is $27,600.

be 12.6% less likely to be unemployed

In Tanzania, 10.3% of adults are unemployed. In Latvia, that number is 9.0%.

spend 23.3% less on taxes

Tanzania has a top tax rate of 30.0%. In Latvia, the top tax rate is 23.0%.

be 11.8% more likely to be live below the poverty line

In Tanzania, 22.8% live below the poverty line. In Latvia, however, that number is 25.5%.


be 95.5% less likely to die during childbirth

In Tanzania, approximately 398.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Latvia, 18.0 women do.

be 28.2% more likely to be literate

In Tanzania, the literacy rate is 77.9%. In Latvia, it is 99.9%.

be 87.0% less likely to die during infancy

In Tanzania, approximately 39.9 children die before they reach the age of one. In Latvia, on the other hand, 5.2 children do.

have 72.8% less children

In Tanzania, there are approximately 35.6 babies per 1,000 people. In Latvia, there are 9.7 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 4.2 times more likely to have access to electricity

In Tanzania, 24% of the population has electricity access. In Latvia, 100% of the population do.

be 6.1 times more likely to have internet access

In Tanzania, approximately 13.0% of the population has internet access. In Latvia, about 79.9% do.

be 78.6% more likely to have access to improved drinking water

In Tanzania, approximately 56% of people have improved drinking water access (77% in urban areas, and 46% in rural areas). In Latvia, that number is 99% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 98% in rural areas).


spend 51.4% more on education

Tanzania spends 3.5% of its total GDP on education. Latvia spends 5.3% of total GDP on education.


see 65.0% less coastline

Tanzania has a total of 1,424 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 Tanzania? See an in-depth size comparison.

The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: Tanzania Revenue Authority, The World Factbook, State Revenue Service, Latvia.


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