Quality of Life Comparison

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

Health

live 12.4 years longer


In Botswana, the average life expectancy is 63 years (61 years for men, 66 years for women). In China, that number is 76 years (74 years for men, 78 years for women).

be 67.2% less likely to be obese


In Botswana, 18.9% of adults are obese. In China, that number is 6.2% of people.

Economy

be 80.5% less likely to be unemployed


In Botswana, 20.0% of adults are unemployed. In China, that number is 3.9%.

be 82.9% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Botswana, 19.3% live below the poverty line. In China, however, that number is 3.3%.

spend 80.0% more on taxes


Botswana has a top tax rate of 25.0%. In China, the top tax rate is 45.0%.

Life

be 79.1% less likely to die during childbirth


In Botswana, approximately 129.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In China, 27.0 women do.

be 59.5% less likely to die during infancy


In Botswana, approximately 29.6 children die before they reach the age of one. In China, on the other hand, 12.0 children do.

have 44.3% fewer children


In Botswana, there are approximately 22.1 babies per 1,000 people. In China, there are 12.3 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 51.4% more likely to have access to electricity


In Botswana, 66% of people have electricity access (75% in urban areas, and 54% in rural areas). In China, that number is 100% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas).

be 35.0% more likely to have internet access


In Botswana, approximately 39.4% of the population has internet access. In China, about 53.2% do.

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 Botswana? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Botswana Unified Revenue Service, State Administration of Taxation.

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