Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 46.6% less likely to be obese


In Australia, 29.0% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Zimbabwe, that number is 15.5% of people as of 2016.

be 127.0 times more likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Australia, 0.1% of people are living with AIDS/HIV as of 2018. In Zimbabwe, that number is 12.7% of people as of 2018.

live 20.4 years less


In Australia, the average life expectancy is 83 years (80 years for men, 85 years for women) as of 2020. In Zimbabwe, that number is 62 years (60 years for men, 64 years for women) as of 2020.

Economy

make 95.4% less money


Australia has a GDP per capita of $50,400 as of 2017, while in Zimbabwe, the GDP per capita is $2,300 as of 2017.

be 2.0 times more likely to be unemployed


In Australia, 5.6% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Zimbabwe, that number is 11.3% as of 2014.

pay a 11.1% higher top tax rate


Australia has a top tax rate of 45.0% as of 2016. In Zimbabwe, the top tax rate is 50.0% as of 2016.

Life

have 2.7 times more children


In Australia, there are approximately 12.4 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Zimbabwe, there are 33.6 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

be 76.3 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Australia, approximately 6.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Zimbabwe, 458.0 women do as of 2017.

be 9.8 times more likely to die during infancy


In Australia, approximately 3.1 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Zimbabwe, on the other hand, 30.3 children do as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 66.0% less likely to have access to electricity


In Australia, approximately 100% of the population has electricity access as of 2016. In Zimbabwe, 34% of the population do as of 2017.

be 68.7% less likely to have internet access


In Australia, approximately 86.5% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Zimbabwe, about 27.1% do as of 2018.

be 22.7% less likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Australia, approximately 100% of people have improved drinking water access (100% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas) as of 2017. In Zimbabwe, that number is 77% of people on average (98% in urban areas, and 67% in rural areas) as of 2017.

Expenditures

spend 15.1% more on education


Australia spends 5.3% of its total GDP on education as of 2016. Zimbabwe spends 6.1% of total GDP on education as of 2014.

Zimbabwe: At a glance

Zimbabwe is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 386,847 sq km. The UK annexed Southern Rhodesia from the [British] South Africa Company in 1923. A 1961 constitution was formulated that favored whites in power. In 1965 the government unilaterally declared its independence, but the UK did not recognize the act and demanded more complete voting rights for the black African majority in the country (then called Rhodesia). UN sanctions and a guerrilla uprising finally led to free elections in 1979 and independence (as Zimbabwe) in 1980. Robert MUGABE, the nation's first prime minister, has been the country's only ruler (as president since 1987) and has dominated the country's political system since independence. His chaotic land redistribution campaign, which began in 1997 and intensified after 2000, caused an exodus of white farmers, crippled the economy, and ushered in widespread shortages of basic commodities. Ignoring international condemnation, MUGABE rigged the 2002 presidential election to ensure his reelection. In April 2005, the capital city of Harare embarked on Operation Restore Order, ostensibly an urban rationalization program, which resulted in the destruction of the homes or businesses of 700,000 mostly poor supporters of the opposition. President MUGABE in June 2007 instituted price controls on all basic commodities causing panic buying and leaving store shelves empty for months; a period of increasing hyperinflation ensued. General elections held in March 2008 contained irregularities but still amounted to a censure of the ZANU-PF-led government with the opposition winning a majority of seats in parliament. MDC-T opposition leader Morgan TSVANGIRAI won the most votes in the presidential polls, but not enough to win outright. In the lead up to a run-off election in late June 2008, considerable violence enacted against opposition party members led to the withdrawal of TSVANGIRAI from the ballot. Extensive evidence of violence and intimidation resulted in international condemnation of the process. Difficult negotiations over a power-sharing "government of national unity," in which MUGABE remained president and TSVANGIRAI became prime minister, were finally settled in February 2009, although the leaders failed to agree upon many key outstanding governmental issues. MUGABE was reelected president in June 2013 in balloting that was severely flawed and internationally condemned. As a prerequisite to holding the elections, Zimbabwe enacted a new constitution by referendum, although many provisions in the new constitution have yet to be codified in law.

How big is Zimbabwe compared to Australia? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Australian Taxation Office, Zimbabwe Revenue Authority.

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