Quality of Life Comparison


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


live 2.1 years longer

In China, the average life expectancy is 76 years (74 years for men, 78 years for women). In Lebanon, that number is 78 years (76 years for men, 79 years for women).

be 5.2 times more likely to be obese

In China, 6.2% of adults are obese. In Lebanon, that number is 32.0% of people.


make 16.2% more money

China has a GDP per capita of $16,700, while in Lebanon, the GDP per capita is $19,400.

spend 55.6% less on taxes

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

be 8.7 times more likely to live below the poverty line

In China, 3.3% live below the poverty line. In Lebanon, however, that number is 28.6%.


be 44.4% less likely to die during childbirth

In China, approximately 27.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Lebanon, 15.0 women do.

be 38.3% less likely to die during infancy

In China, approximately 12.0 children die before they reach the age of one. In Lebanon, on the other hand, 7.4 children do.

have 16.3% more children

In China, there are approximately 12.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Lebanon, there are 14.3 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 43.0% more likely to have internet access

In China, approximately 53.2% of the population has internet access. In Lebanon, about 76.1% do.


spend 16.4% more on healthcare

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


see 98.4% less coastline

China has a total of 14,500 km of coastline. In Lebanon, that number is 225 km.

Lebanon: At a glance

Lebanon is a sovereign country in Middle East, with a total land area of approximately 10,230 sq km. Following World War I, France acquired a mandate over the northern portion of the former Ottoman Empire province of Syria. The French demarcated the region of Lebanon in 1920 and granted this area independence in 1943. Since independence the country has been marked by periods of political turmoil interspersed with prosperity built on its position as a regional center for finance and trade. The country's 1975-90 civil war that resulted in an estimated 120,000 fatalities, was followed by years of social and political instability. Sectarianism is a key element of Lebanese political life. Neighboring Syria has long influenced Lebanon's foreign policy and internal policies, and its military occupied Lebanon from 1976 until 2005. The Lebanon-based Hizballah militia and Israel continued attacks and counterattacks against each other after Syria's withdrawal, and fought a brief war in 2006. Lebanon's borders with Syria and Israel remain unresolved.

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

The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: Ministry of Finance, Lebanon, The World Factbook, State Administration of Taxation.


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