Quality of life comparison
If you lived in Hong Kong instead of Afghanistan, you would:
live 30.4 years longer
In Afghanistan, the average life expectancy is 53 years (51 years for men, 54 years for women) as of 2020. In Hong Kong, that number is 83 years (80 years for men, 86 years for women) as of 2020.
make 32.2 times more money
Afghanistan has a GDP per capita of $2,000 as of 2017, while in Hong Kong, the GDP per capita is $64,500 as of 2018.
be 87.0% less likely to be unemployed
In Afghanistan, 23.9% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Hong Kong, that number is 3.1% as of 2017.
be 63.5% less likely to live below the poverty line
In Afghanistan, 54.5% live below the poverty line as of 2017. In Hong Kong, however, that number is 19.9% as of 2016.
pay a 25.0% lower top tax rate
Afghanistan has a top tax rate of 20.0% as of 2016. In Hong Kong, the top tax rate is 15.0% as of 2016.
be 97.4% less likely to die during infancy
In Afghanistan, approximately 104.3 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Hong Kong, on the other hand, 2.7 children do as of 2020.
have 77.1% fewer children
In Afghanistan, there are approximately 36.7 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Hong Kong, there are 8.4 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.
be 18.9% more likely to have access to electricity
In Afghanistan, approximately 84% of the population has electricity access as of 2012. In Hong Kong, 100% of the population do as of 2016.
be 6.6 times more likely to have internet access
In Afghanistan, approximately 13.5% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Hong Kong, about 89.4% do as of 2018.
be 42.5% more likely to have access to improved drinking water
In Afghanistan, approximately 70% of people have improved drinking water access as of 2017. In Hong Kong, 100% of people do as of 2017.
spend 19.5% less on education
Afghanistan spends 4.1% of its total GDP on education as of 2017. Hong Kong spends 3.3% of total GDP on education as of 2018.
The statistics above were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Afghanistan Revenue Department, Inland Revenue Department, Hong Kong.
Hong Kong: At a glance
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