Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Albania instead of United States, you would:

Health

be 40.1% less likely to be obese


In United States, 36.2% of adults are obese. In Albania, that number is 21.7% of people.

live 1.5 years less


In United States, the average life expectancy is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women). In Albania, that number is 78 years (76 years for men, 81 years for women).

Economy

spend 41.9% less on taxes


United States has a top tax rate of 39.6%. In Albania, the top tax rate is 23.0%.

make 79.0% less money


United States has a GDP per capita of $59,500, while in Albania, the GDP per capita is $12,500.

be 3.2 times more likely to be unemployed


In United States, 4.4% of adults are unemployed. In Albania, that number is 14.0%.

Life

be 2.1 times more likely to die during childbirth


In United States, approximately 14.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Albania, 29.0 women do.

be 2.1 times more likely to die during infancy


In United States, approximately 5.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Albania, on the other hand, 11.9 children do.

Basic Needs

be 12.9% less likely to have internet access


In United States, approximately 76.2% of the population has internet access. In Albania, about 66.4% do.

be 15.7% less likely to have access to improved drinking water


In United States, approximately 99% of people have improved drinking water access (99% in urban areas, and 98% in rural areas). In Albania, that number is 84% of people on average (84% in urban areas, and 82% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 30.0% less on education


United States spends 5.0% of its total GDP on education. Albania spends 3.5% of total GDP on education.

spend 52.0% less on healthcare


United States spends 17.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Albania, that number is 8.2% of GDP.

Geography

see 98.2% less coastline


United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In Albania, that number is 362 km.

Learn more about Albania

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 United States? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Internal Revenue Service, Albanian Taxation Office.