Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 6.1 years longer


In China, the average life expectancy is 76 years (74 years for men, 78 years for women) as of 2020. In France, that number is 82 years (79 years for men, 85 years for women) as of 2020.

be 3.5 times more likely to be obese


In China, 6.2% of adults are obese as of 2016. In France, that number is 21.6% of people as of 2016.

Economy

make 2.4 times more money


China has a GDP per capita of $18,200 as of 2018, while in France, the GDP per capita is $44,100 as of 2017.

be 2.4 times more likely to be unemployed


In China, 3.9% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In France, that number is 9.4% as of 2017.

be 4.3 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In China, 3.3% live below the poverty line as of 2016. In France, however, that number is 14.2% as of 2015.

pay a 11.6% higher top tax rate


China has a top tax rate of 45.0% as of 2016. In France, the top tax rate is 50.2% as of 2016.

Life

be 72.4% less likely to die during childbirth


In China, approximately 29.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In France, 8.0 women do as of 2017.

be 71.9% less likely to die during infancy


In China, approximately 11.4 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In France, on the other hand, 3.2 children do as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 51.1% more likely to have internet access


In China, approximately 54.3% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In France, about 82.0% do as of 2018.

Geography

see 66.5% less coastline


China has a total of 14,500 km of coastline. In France, that number is 4,853 km.

France: At a glance

France is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 549,970 sq km. France today is one of the most modern countries in the world and is a leader among European nations. It plays an influential global role as a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, NATO, the G-8, the G-20, the EU and other multilateral organizations. France rejoined NATO's integrated military command structure in 2009, reversing DE GAULLE's 1966 decision to take French forces out of NATO. Since 1958, it has constructed a hybrid presidential-parliamentary governing system resistant to the instabilities experienced in earlier, more purely parliamentary administrations. In recent decades, its reconciliation and cooperation with Germany have proved central to the economic integration of Europe, including the introduction of a common currency, the euro, in January 1999. In the early 21st century, five French overseas entities - French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Mayotte, and Reunion - became French regions and were made part of France proper.

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


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

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