Quality of Life Comparison


If you lived in Latvia instead of Zimbabwe, you would:


be 94.7% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS

In Zimbabwe, 13.3% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Latvia, that number is 0.7% of people.

live 14.3 years longer

In Zimbabwe, the average life expectancy is 60 years (58 years for men, 62 years for women). In Latvia, that number is 75 years (70 years for men, 80 years for women).

be 52.3% more likely to be obese

In Zimbabwe, 15.5% of adults are obese. In Latvia, that number is 23.6% of people.


make 12.0 times more money

Zimbabwe has a GDP per capita of $2,300, while in Latvia, the GDP per capita is $27,600.

be 20.4% less likely to be unemployed

In Zimbabwe, 11.3% of adults are unemployed. In Latvia, that number is 9.0%.

be 64.7% less likely to be live below the poverty line

In Zimbabwe, 72.3% live below the poverty line. In Latvia, however, that number is 25.5%.

spend 54.0% less on taxes

Zimbabwe has a top tax rate of 50.0%. In Latvia, the top tax rate is 23.0%.


be 95.9% less likely to die during childbirth

In Zimbabwe, approximately 443.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Latvia, 18.0 women do.

be 15.5% more likely to be literate

In Zimbabwe, the literacy rate is 86.5%. In Latvia, it is 99.9%.

be 84.1% less likely to die during infancy

In Zimbabwe, approximately 32.7 children die before they reach the age of one. In Latvia, on the other hand, 5.2 children do.

have 71.6% less children

In Zimbabwe, there are approximately 34.2 babies per 1,000 people. In Latvia, there are 9.7 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 2.5 times more likely to have access to electricity

In Zimbabwe, 40% of the population has electricity access. In Latvia, 100% of the population do.

be 3.5 times more likely to have internet access

In Zimbabwe, approximately 23.1% of the population has internet access. In Latvia, about 79.9% do.

be 29.1% more likely to have access to improved drinking water

In Zimbabwe, approximately 77% of people have improved drinking water access (97% in urban areas, and 67% in rural areas). In Latvia, that number is 99% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 98% in rural areas).


spend 36.9% less on education

Zimbabwe spends 8.4% of its total GDP on education. Latvia spends 5.3% of total GDP on education.

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 Zimbabwe? 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, Zimbabwe Revenue Authority.


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