Quality of Life Comparison


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


be 23.7% less likely to be obese

In Turkmenistan, 18.6% of adults are obese. In Tajikistan, that number is 14.2% of people.

live 2.3 years less

In Turkmenistan, the average life expectancy is 70 years (67 years for men, 74 years for women). In Tajikistan, that number is 68 years (65 years for men, 71 years for women).


be 78.2% less likely to be unemployed

In Turkmenistan, 11.0% of adults are unemployed. In Tajikistan, that number is 2.4%.

make 82.3% less money

Turkmenistan has a GDP per capita of $18,100, while in Tajikistan, the GDP per capita is $3,200.

be 157.5 times more likely to live below the poverty line

In Turkmenistan, 0.2% live below the poverty line. In Tajikistan, however, that number is 31.5%.


be 23.8% less likely to die during childbirth

In Turkmenistan, approximately 42.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Tajikistan, 32.0 women do.

have 22.0% more children

In Turkmenistan, there are approximately 19.1 babies per 1,000 people. In Tajikistan, there are 23.3 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 13.9% more likely to have internet access

In Turkmenistan, approximately 18.0% of the population has internet access. In Tajikistan, about 20.5% do.


spend 73.3% more on education

Turkmenistan spends 3.0% of its total GDP on education. Tajikistan spends 5.2% of total GDP on education.

spend 3.3 times more on healthcare

Turkmenistan spends 2.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Tajikistan, that number is 6.9% of GDP.

Tajikistan: At a glance

Tajikistan is a sovereign country in Central Asia, with a total land area of approximately 141,510 sq km. The Tajik people came under Russian rule in the 1860s and 1870s, but Russia's hold on Central Asia weakened following the Revolution of 1917. Bands of indigenous guerrillas (called "basmachi") fiercely contested Bolshevik control of the area, which was not fully reestablished until 1925. Tajikistan was first created as an autonomous republic within Uzbekistan in 1924, but the USSR designated Tajikistan a separate republic in 1929 and transferred to it much of present-day Sughd province. Ethnic Uzbeks form a substantial minority in Tajikistan. Tajikistan became independent in 1991 following the breakup of the Soviet Union, and experienced a civil war between regional factions from 1992 to 1997. Tajikistan endured several domestic security incidents during 2010-12, including armed conflict between government forces and local strongmen in the Rasht Valley and between government forces and criminal groups in Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast. The country remains the poorest in the former Soviet sphere. Tajikistan became a member of the World Trade Organization in March 2013. However, its economy continues to face major challenges, including dependence on remittances from Tajikistanis working in Russia, pervasive corruption, and the major role narcotrafficking plays in the country's informal economy.

How big is Tajikistan compared to Turkmenistan? 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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