Quality of Life Comparison


If you lived in China instead of Bhutan, you would:


live 5.1 years longer

In Bhutan, the average life expectancy is 71 years (70 years for men, 72 years for women). In China, that number is 76 years (74 years for men, 78 years for women).


make 92.0% more money

Bhutan has a GDP per capita of $8,700, while in China, the GDP per capita is $16,700.

be 72.5% less likely to be live below the poverty line

In Bhutan, 12.0% live below the poverty line. In China, however, that number is 3.3%.

be 21.9% more likely to be unemployed

In Bhutan, 3.2% of adults are unemployed. In China, that number is 3.9%.


be 81.8% less likely to die during childbirth

In Bhutan, approximately 148.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In China, 27.0 women do.

be 48.5% more likely to be literate

In Bhutan, the literacy rate is 64.9%. In China, it is 96.4%.

be 62.6% less likely to die during infancy

In Bhutan, approximately 32.1 children die before they reach the age of one. In China, on the other hand, 12.0 children do.

have 28.9% fewer children

In Bhutan, there are approximately 17.3 babies per 1,000 people. In China, there are 12.3 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 31.4% more likely to have access to electricity

In Bhutan, 76% of people have electricity access (100% in urban areas, and 53% in rural areas). In China, that number is 100% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas).

be 27.3% more likely to have internet access

In Bhutan, approximately 41.8% of the population has internet access. In China, about 53.2% do.


spend 52.8% more on healthcare

Bhutan spends 3.6% of its total GDP on healthcare. In China, that number is 5.5% of GDP.

China: At a glance

China (sometimes abbreviated PRC) is a sovereign country in East/Southeast Asia, with a total land area of approximately 9,326,410 sq km. For centuries China stood as a leading civilization, outpacing the rest of the world in the arts and sciences, but in the 19th and early 20th centuries, the country was beset by civil unrest, major famines, military defeats, and foreign occupation. After World War II, the communists under MAO Zedong established an autocratic socialist system that, while ensuring China's sovereignty, imposed strict controls over everyday life and cost the lives of tens of millions of people. After 1978, MAO's successor DENG Xiaoping and other leaders focused on market-oriented economic development and by 2000 output had quadrupled. For much of the population, living standards have improved dramatically and the room for personal choice has expanded, yet political controls remain tight. Since the early 1990s, China has increased its global outreach and participation in international organizations.

How big is China compared to Bhutan? See an in-depth size comparison.

The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook.


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