Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 23.6 years less


In China, the average life expectancy is 76 years (74 years for men, 78 years for women). In Gabon, that number is 52 years (52 years for men, 52 years for women).

be 2.4 times more likely to be obese


In China, 6.2% of adults are obese. In Gabon, that number is 15.0% of people.

Economy

make 15.0% more money


China has a GDP per capita of $16,700, while in Gabon, the GDP per capita is $19,200.

spend 22.2% less on taxes


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

be 7.2 times more likely to be unemployed


In China, 3.9% of adults are unemployed. In Gabon, that number is 28.0%.

be 10.4 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In China, 3.3% live below the poverty line. In Gabon, however, that number is 34.3%.

Life

be 13.7% less likely to be literate


In China, the literacy rate is 96.4%. In Gabon, it is 83.2%.

have 2.8 times more children


In China, there are approximately 12.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Gabon, there are 34.2 babies per 1,000 people.

be 10.8 times more likely to die during childbirth


In China, approximately 27.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Gabon, 291.0 women do.

be 3.7 times more likely to die during infancy


In China, approximately 12.0 children die before they reach the age of one. In Gabon, on the other hand, 44.1 children do.

Basic Needs

be 10.9% 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 Gabon, that number is 89% of people on average (97% in urban areas, and 38% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 38.2% less on healthcare


China spends 5.5% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Gabon, that number is 3.4% of GDP.

Geography

see 93.9% less coastline


China has a total of 14,500 km of coastline. In Gabon, that number is 885 km.

Gabon: At a glance

Gabon is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 257,667 sq km. El Hadj Omar BONGO Ondimba - one of the longest-serving heads of state in the world - dominated the country's political scene for four decades (1967-2009) following independence from France in 1960. President BONGO introduced a nominal multiparty system and a new constitution in the early 1990s. However, allegations of electoral fraud during local elections in December 2002 and the presidential elections in 2005 exposed the weaknesses of formal political structures in Gabon. Following President BONGO's death in 2009, new elections brought Ali BONGO Ondimba, son of the former president, to power. Despite constrained political conditions, Gabon's small population, abundant natural resources, and considerable foreign support have helped make it one of the more stable African countries.

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


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, General Direction of Taxes, State Administration of Taxation.

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