Quality of Life Comparison


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


live 1.2 years longer

In China, the average life expectancy is 76 years (74 years for men, 78 years for women). In Estonia, that number is 77 years (72 years for men, 82 years for women).

be 3.4 times more likely to be obese

In China, 6.2% of adults are obese. In Estonia, that number is 21.2% of people.


make 90.4% more money

China has a GDP per capita of $16,700, while in Estonia, the GDP per capita is $31,800.

spend 55.6% less on taxes

China has a top tax rate of 45.0%. In Estonia, the top tax rate is 20.0%.

be 51.3% more likely to be unemployed

In China, 3.9% of adults are unemployed. In Estonia, that number is 5.9%.

be 6.4 times more likely to live below the poverty line

In China, 3.3% live below the poverty line. In Estonia, however, that number is 21.1%.


be 66.7% less likely to die during childbirth

In China, approximately 27.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Estonia, 9.0 women do.

be 68.3% less likely to die during infancy

In China, approximately 12.0 children die before they reach the age of one. In Estonia, on the other hand, 3.8 children do.

have 17.9% less children

In China, there are approximately 12.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Estonia, there are 10.1 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 63.9% more likely to have internet access

In China, approximately 53.2% of the population has internet access. In Estonia, about 87.2% do.


spend 16.4% more on healthcare

China spends 5.5% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Estonia, that number is 6.4% of GDP.


see 73.8% less coastline

China has a total of 14,500 km of coastline. In Estonia, that number is 3,794 km.

Estonia: At a glance

Estonia is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 42,388 sq km. After centuries of Danish, Swedish, German, and Russian rule, Estonia attained independence in 1918. Forcibly incorporated into the USSR in 1940 - an action never recognized by the US - it regained its freedom in 1991 with the collapse of the Soviet Union. Since the last Russian troops left in 1994, Estonia has been free to promote economic and political ties with the West. It joined both NATO and the EU in the spring of 2004, formally joined the OECD in late 2010, and adopted the euro as its official currency on 1 January 2011.

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

The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: Estonian Tax and Customs Board, The World Factbook, State Administration of Taxation.


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