Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 12.4 years less


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

be 3.0 times more likely to be obese


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

Economy

spend 44.4% less on taxes


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

be 5.1 times more likely to be unemployed


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

be 5.8 times more likely to live below the poverty line


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

Life

have 79.7% more children


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

be 4.8 times more likely to die during childbirth


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

be 2.5 times more likely to die during infancy


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

Basic Needs

be 33.9% less likely to have access to electricity


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

be 25.9% less likely to have internet access


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

Botswana: At a glance

Botswana is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 566,730 sq km. Formerly the British protectorate of Bechuanaland, Botswana adopted its new name upon independence in 1966. More than four decades of uninterrupted civilian leadership, progressive social policies, and significant capital investment have created one of the most stable economies in Africa. Mineral extraction, principally diamond mining, dominates economic activity, though tourism is a growing sector due to the country's conservation practices and extensive nature preserves. Botswana has one of the world's highest known rates of HIV/AIDS infection, but also one of Africa's most progressive and comprehensive programs for dealing with the disease.

How big is Botswana compared to China? 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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