Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Taiwan instead of Bangladesh, you would:

Health

live 6.8 years longer


In Bangladesh, the average life expectancy is 73 years (71 years for men, 76 years for women). In Taiwan, that number is 80 years (77 years for men, 84 years for women).

Economy

make 12.0 times more money


Bangladesh has a GDP per capita of $4,200, while in Taiwan, the GDP per capita is $50,300.

be 93.8% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Bangladesh, 24.3% live below the poverty line. In Taiwan, however, that number is 1.5%.

spend 50.0% more on taxes


Bangladesh has a top tax rate of 30.0%. In Taiwan, the top tax rate is 45.0%.

Life

be 86.4% less likely to die during infancy


In Bangladesh, approximately 31.7 children die before they reach the age of one. In Taiwan, on the other hand, 4.3 children do.

be 35.3% more likely to be literate


In Bangladesh, the literacy rate is 72.8%. In Taiwan, it is 98.5%.

have 55.9% less children


In Bangladesh, there are approximately 18.8 babies per 1,000 people. In Taiwan, there are 8.3 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 4.8 times more likely to have internet access


In Bangladesh, approximately 18.2% of the population has internet access. In Taiwan, about 88.0% do.

Geography

see 2.7 times more coastline


Bangladesh has a total of 580 km of coastline. In Taiwan, that number is 1,566 km.

Taiwan: At a glance

Taiwan is a sovereign country in East/Southeast Asia, with a total land area of approximately 32,260 sq km. In 1895, military defeat forced China's Qing Dynasty to cede Taiwan to Japan. Taiwan came under Chinese Nationalist control after World War II. Following the communist victory on the mainland in 1949, 2 million Nationalists fled to Taiwan and established a government using the 1947 constitution drawn up for all of China. Beginning in the 1950s, the ruling authorities gradually democratized and incorporated the local population within the governing structure. This process expanded rapidly in the 1980s. In 2000, Taiwan underwent its first peaceful transfer of power from the Nationalist (Kuomintang or KMT) to the Democratic Progressive Party. Throughout this period, the island prospered and became one of East Asia's economic "Tigers." The dominant political issues continue to be management of sensitive relations between Taiwan and China - specifically the question of Taiwan's eventual status - as well as domestic priorities for economic reform and growth.

How big is Taiwan compared to Bangladesh? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, National Board of Revenue (NBR), Bangladesh, Taxation Administration, Ministry of Finance, R.O.C..

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