Quality of Life Comparison


If you lived in Zambia instead of Ukraine, you would:


be 66.4% less likely to be obese

In Ukraine, 24.1% of adults are obese. In Zambia, that number is 8.1% of people.

be 12.8 times more likely to be living with HIV/AIDS

In Ukraine, 0.9% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Zambia, that number is 11.5% of people.

live 19.4 years less

In Ukraine, the average life expectancy is 72 years (67 years for men, 77 years for women). In Zambia, that number is 53 years (51 years for men, 54 years for women).


make 54.0% less money

Ukraine has a GDP per capita of $8,700, while in Zambia, the GDP per capita is $4,000.

be 57.9% more likely to be unemployed

In Ukraine, 9.5% of adults are unemployed. In Zambia, that number is 15.0%.

be 14.3 times more likely to live below the poverty line

In Ukraine, 3.8% live below the poverty line. In Zambia, however, that number is 54.4%.

spend 94.4% more on taxes

Ukraine has a top tax rate of 18.0%. In Zambia, the top tax rate is 35.0%.


have 4.0 times more children

In Ukraine, there are approximately 10.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Zambia, there are 41.5 babies per 1,000 people.

be 9.3 times more likely to die during childbirth

In Ukraine, approximately 24.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Zambia, 224.0 women do.

be 36.5% less likely to be literate

In Ukraine, the literacy rate is 99.8%. In Zambia, it is 63.4%.

be 7.8 times more likely to die during infancy

In Ukraine, approximately 7.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Zambia, on the other hand, 61.1 children do.

Basic Needs

be 74.0% less likely to have access to electricity

In Ukraine, 100% of the population has electricity access. In Zambia, 26% of the population do.

be 51.4% less likely to have internet access

In Ukraine, approximately 52.5% of the population has internet access. In Zambia, about 25.5% do.

be 32.0% less likely to have access to improved drinking water

In Ukraine, approximately 96% of people have improved drinking water access (96% in urban areas, and 98% in rural areas). In Zambia, that number is 65% of people on average (86% in urban areas, and 51% in rural areas).


spend 81.4% less on education

Ukraine spends 5.9% of its total GDP on education. Zambia spends 1.1% of total GDP on education.

spend 29.6% less on healthcare

Ukraine spends 7.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Zambia, that number is 5.0% of GDP.

Zambia: At a glance

Zambia is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 743,398 sq km. The territory of Northern Rhodesia was administered by the [British] South Africa Company from 1891 until it was taken over by the UK in 1923. During the 1920s and 1930s, advances in mining spurred development and immigration. The name was changed to Zambia upon independence in 1964. In the 1980s and 1990s, declining copper prices, economic mismanagement and a prolonged drought hurt the economy. Elections in 1991 brought an end to one-party rule, but the subsequent vote in 1996 saw blatant harassment of opposition parties. The election in 2001 was marked by administrative problems with three parties filing a legal petition challenging the election of ruling party candidate Levy MWANAWASA. MWANAWASA was reelected in 2006 in an election that was deemed free and fair. Upon his abrupt death in August 2008, he was succeeded by his vice president, Rupiah BANDA, who subsequently won a special presidential by-election in October 2008. Michael SATA was elected president in September 2011.

How big is Zambia compared to Ukraine? See an in-depth size comparison.

The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Ministry of Revenue and Duties of Ukraine, Zambia Revenue Authority.


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