Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 2.8 years longer


In China, the average life expectancy is 76 years (74 years for men, 78 years for women). In Albania, that number is 78 years (76 years for men, 81 years for women).

be 3.5 times more likely to be obese


In China, 6.2% of adults are obese. In Albania, that number is 21.7% of people.

Economy

spend 48.9% less on taxes


China has a top tax rate of 45.0%. In Albania, the top tax rate is 23.0%.

make 25.1% less money


China has a GDP per capita of $16,700, while in Albania, the GDP per capita is $12,500.

be 3.6 times more likely to be unemployed


In China, 3.9% of adults are unemployed. In Albania, that number is 14.0%.

be 4.3 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In China, 3.3% live below the poverty line. In Albania, however, that number is 14.3%.

Basic Needs

be 24.8% more likely to have internet access


In China, approximately 53.2% of the population has internet access. In Albania, about 66.4% do.

be 12.5% less likely to have access to improved drinking water


In China, approximately 96% of people have improved drinking water access (98% in urban areas, and 93% in rural areas). In Albania, that number is 84% of people on average (84% in urban areas, and 82% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 49.1% more on healthcare


China spends 5.5% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Albania, that number is 8.2% of GDP.

Geography

see 97.5% less coastline


China has a total of 14,500 km of coastline. In Albania, that number is 362 km.

Albania: At a glance

Albania is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 27,398 sq km. Albania declared its independence from the Ottoman Empire in 1912, but was conquered by Italy in 1939, and occupied by Germany in 1943. Communist partisans took over the country in 1944. Albania allied itself first with the USSR (until 1960), and then with China (to 1978). In the early 1990s, Albania ended 46 years of xenophobic communist rule and established a multiparty democracy. The transition has proven challenging as successive governments have tried to deal with high unemployment, widespread corruption, dilapidated infrastructure, powerful organized crime networks, and combative political opponents. Albania has made progress in its democratic development since first holding multiparty elections in 1991, but deficiencies remain. International observers judged elections to be largely free and fair since the restoration of political stability following the collapse of pyramid schemes in 1997; however, each of Albania's post-communist elections have been marred by claims of electoral fraud. The 2009 general elections resulted in a coalition government, the first such in the country's history. In 2013, general elections achieved a peaceful transition of power and a second successive coalition government. Albania joined NATO in April 2009 and is a potential candidate for EU accession. Although Albania's economy continues to grow, it has slowed, and the country is still one of the poorest in Europe. A large informal economy and an inadequate energy and transportation infrastructure remain obstacles.

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


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Albanian Taxation Office, State Administration of Taxation.

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