Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Latvia instead of United Kingdom, you would:

Health

be 15.1% less likely to be obese


In United Kingdom, 27.8% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Latvia, that number is 23.6% of people as of 2016.

live 5.7 years less


In United Kingdom, the average life expectancy is 81 years (79 years for men, 84 years for women) as of 2020. In Latvia, that number is 75 years (71 years for men, 80 years for women) as of 2020.

Economy

pay a 48.9% lower top tax rate


United Kingdom has a top tax rate of 45.0% as of 2016. In Latvia, the top tax rate is 23.0% as of 2016.

make 37.5% less money


United Kingdom has a GDP per capita of $44,300 as of 2017, while in Latvia, the GDP per capita is $27,700 as of 2017.

be 97.7% more likely to be unemployed


In United Kingdom, 4.4% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Latvia, that number is 8.7% as of 2017.

be 70.0% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In United Kingdom, 15.0% live below the poverty line as of 2013. In Latvia, however, that number is 25.5% as of 2015.

Life

be 2.7 times more likely to die during childbirth


In United Kingdom, approximately 7.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Latvia, 19.0 women do as of 2017.

be 22.0% more likely to die during infancy


In United Kingdom, approximately 4.1 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Latvia, on the other hand, 5.0 children do as of 2020.

have 22.7% fewer children


In United Kingdom, there are approximately 11.9 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Latvia, there are 9.2 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 11.9% less likely to have internet access


In United Kingdom, approximately 94.9% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Latvia, about 83.6% do as of 2018.

Geography

see 96.0% less coastline


United Kingdom has a total of 12,429 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 United Kingdom? See an in-depth size comparison.


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

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