Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 1.0 years less


In China, the average life expectancy is 76 years (74 years for men, 78 years for women). In Bulgaria, that number is 75 years (71 years for men, 78 years for women).

be 4.0 times more likely to be obese


In China, 6.2% of adults are obese. In Bulgaria, that number is 25.0% of people.

Economy

make 29.9% more money


China has a GDP per capita of $16,700, while in Bulgaria, the GDP per capita is $21,700.

spend 77.8% less on taxes


China has a top tax rate of 45.0%. In Bulgaria, the top tax rate is 10.0%.

be 59.0% more likely to be unemployed


In China, 3.9% of adults are unemployed. In Bulgaria, that number is 6.2%.

be 7.1 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In China, 3.3% live below the poverty line. In Bulgaria, however, that number is 23.4%.

Life

be 59.3% less likely to die during childbirth


In China, approximately 27.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Bulgaria, 11.0 women do.

be 30.0% less likely to die during infancy


In China, approximately 12.0 children die before they reach the age of one. In Bulgaria, on the other hand, 8.4 children do.

have 29.3% less children


In China, there are approximately 12.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Bulgaria, there are 8.7 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 12.4% more likely to have internet access


In China, approximately 53.2% of the population has internet access. In Bulgaria, about 59.8% do.

Expenditures

spend 52.7% more on healthcare


China spends 5.5% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Bulgaria, that number is 8.4% of GDP.

Geography

see 97.6% less coastline


China has a total of 14,500 km of coastline. In Bulgaria, that number is 354 km.

Bulgaria: At a glance

Bulgaria is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 108,489 sq km. The Bulgars, a Central Asian Turkic tribe, merged with the local Slavic inhabitants in the late 7th century to form the first Bulgarian state. In succeeding centuries, Bulgaria struggled with the Byzantine Empire to assert its place in the Balkans, but by the end of the 14th century the country was overrun by the Ottoman Turks. Northern Bulgaria attained autonomy in 1878 and all of Bulgaria became independent from the Ottoman Empire in 1908. Having fought on the losing side in both World Wars, Bulgaria fell within the Soviet sphere of influence and became a People's Republic in 1946. Communist domination ended in 1990, when Bulgaria held its first multiparty election since World War II and began the contentious process of moving toward political democracy and a market economy while combating inflation, unemployment, corruption, and crime. The country joined NATO in 2004 and the EU in 2007.

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


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, National Revenue Agency, Bulgaria, State Administration of Taxation.

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