Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 1.3 years longer


In China, the average life expectancy is 76 years (74 years for men, 78 years for women). In Algeria, that number is 77 years (76 years for men, 78 years for women).

be 4.4 times more likely to be obese


In China, 6.2% of adults are obese. In Algeria, that number is 27.4% of people.

Economy

spend 22.2% less on taxes


China has a top tax rate of 45.0%. In Algeria, the top tax rate is 35.0%.

be 3.0 times more likely to be unemployed


In China, 3.9% of adults are unemployed. In Algeria, that number is 11.7%.

be 7.0 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In China, 3.3% live below the poverty line. In Algeria, however, that number is 23.0%.

Life

have 80.5% more children


In China, there are approximately 12.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Algeria, there are 22.2 babies per 1,000 people.

be 5.2 times more likely to die during childbirth


In China, approximately 27.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Algeria, 140.0 women do.

be 16.8% less likely to be literate


In China, the literacy rate is 96.4%. In Algeria, it is 80.2%.

be 63.3% more likely to die during infancy


In China, approximately 12.0 children die before they reach the age of one. In Algeria, on the other hand, 19.6 children do.

Basic Needs

be 19.4% less likely to have internet access


In China, approximately 53.2% of the population has internet access. In Algeria, about 42.9% 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 Algeria, that number is 84% of people on average (84% in urban areas, and 82% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 30.9% more on healthcare


China spends 5.5% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Algeria, that number is 7.2% of GDP.

Geography

see 93.1% less coastline


China has a total of 14,500 km of coastline. In Algeria, that number is 998 km.

Algeria: At a glance

Algeria is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 2,381,741 sq km. After more than a century of rule by France, Algerians fought through much of the 1950s to achieve independence in 1962. Algeria's primary political party, the National Liberation Front (FLN), was established in 1954 as part of the struggle for independence and has largely dominated politics since. The Government of Algeria in 1988 instituted a multi-party system in response to public unrest, but the surprising first round success of the Islamic Salvation Front (FIS) in the December 1991 balloting led the Algerian army to intervene and postpone the second round of elections to prevent what the secular elite feared would be an extremist-led government from assuming power. The army began a crackdown on the FIS that spurred FIS supporters to begin attacking government targets. Fighting escalated into an insurgency, which saw intense violence from 1992-98, resulting in over 100,000 deaths - many attributed to indiscriminate massacres of villagers by extremists. The government gained the upper hand by the late-1990s, and FIS's armed wing, the Islamic Salvation Army, disbanded in January 2000. Abdelaziz BOUTEFLIKA, with the backing of the military, won the presidency in 1999 in an election widely viewed as fraudulent. He was reelected to a second term in 2004 and overwhelmingly won a third term in 2009, after the government amended the constitution in 2008 to remove presidential term limits. Longstanding problems continue to face BOUTEFLIKA, including large-scale unemployment, a shortage of housing, unreliable electrical and water supplies, government inefficiencies and corruption, and the continuing activities of extremist militants. The Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat (GSPC) in 2006 merged with al-Qa'ida to form al-Qa'ida in the Lands of the Islamic Maghreb, which has launched an ongoing series of kidnappings and bombings targeting the Algerian Government and Western interests. The government in 2011 introduced some political reforms in response to the Arab Spring, including lifting the 19-year-old state of emergency restrictions and increasing women's quotas for elected assemblies. Parliamentary elections in May 2012 and municipal and provincial elections in November 2012 saw continued dominance by the FLN, with Islamist opposition parties performing poorly. Political protest activity in the country remained low in 2013, but small, sometimes violent socioeconomic demonstrations by disparate groups continued to be a common occurrence. Parliament in 2014 is expected to revise the constitution.

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


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, State Administration of Taxation, Direction Générale des Impôts, Algeria.

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