Quality of Life Comparison


If you lived in Albania instead of Turkey, you would:


live 3.5 years longer

In Turkey, the average life expectancy is 75 years (73 years for men, 78 years for women). In Albania, that number is 78 years (76 years for men, 81 years for women).

be 32.4% less likely to be obese

In Turkey, 32.1% of adults are obese. In Albania, that number is 21.7% of people.


be 34.7% less likely to be live below the poverty line

In Turkey, 21.9% live below the poverty line. In Albania, however, that number is 14.3%.

spend 34.3% less on taxes

Turkey has a top tax rate of 35.0%. In Albania, the top tax rate is 23.0%.

make 53.5% less money

Turkey has a GDP per capita of $26,900, while in Albania, the GDP per capita is $12,500.

be 25.0% more likely to be unemployed

In Turkey, 11.2% of adults are unemployed. In Albania, that number is 14.0%.


be 32.4% less likely to die during infancy

In Turkey, approximately 17.6 children die before they reach the age of one. In Albania, on the other hand, 11.9 children do.

be 81.2% more likely to die during childbirth

In Turkey, approximately 16.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Albania, 29.0 women do.

have 15.9% fewer children

In Turkey, there are approximately 15.7 babies per 1,000 people. In Albania, there are 13.2 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 13.9% more likely to have internet access

In Turkey, approximately 58.3% of the population has internet access. In Albania, about 66.4% do.

be 16.4% less likely to have access to improved drinking water

In Turkey, approximately 100% of people have improved drinking water access (100% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas). In Albania, that number is 84% of people on average (84% in urban areas, and 82% in rural areas).


spend 20.5% less on education

Turkey spends 4.4% of its total GDP on education. Albania spends 3.5% of total GDP on education.

spend 51.9% more on healthcare

Turkey spends 5.4% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Albania, that number is 8.2% of GDP.


see 95.0% less coastline

Turkey has a total of 7,200 km of coastline. In Albania, that number is 362 km.

Albania: At a glance

Albania is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 27,398 sq km. Albania declared its independence from the Ottoman Empire in 1912, but was conquered by Italy in 1939, and occupied by Germany in 1943. Communist partisans took over the country in 1944. Albania allied itself first with the USSR (until 1960), and then with China (to 1978). In the early 1990s, Albania ended 46 years of xenophobic communist rule and established a multiparty democracy. The transition has proven challenging as successive governments have tried to deal with high unemployment, widespread corruption, dilapidated infrastructure, powerful organized crime networks, and combative political opponents. Albania has made progress in its democratic development since first holding multiparty elections in 1991, but deficiencies remain. International observers judged elections to be largely free and fair since the restoration of political stability following the collapse of pyramid schemes in 1997; however, each of Albania's post-communist elections have been marred by claims of electoral fraud. The 2009 general elections resulted in a coalition government, the first such in the country's history. In 2013, general elections achieved a peaceful transition of power and a second successive coalition government. Albania joined NATO in April 2009 and is a potential candidate for EU accession. Although Albania's economy continues to grow, it has slowed, and the country is still one of the poorest in Europe. A large informal economy and an inadequate energy and transportation infrastructure remain obstacles.

How big is Albania compared to Turkey? See an in-depth size comparison.

The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Albanian Taxation Office, Revenue Administration, Government of Turkey.


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