Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 3.6 times more likely to be obese


In China, 6.2% of adults are obese. In Macedonia, that number is 22.4% of people.

Economy

spend 77.8% less on taxes


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

make 10.8% less money


China has a GDP per capita of $16,700, while in Macedonia, the GDP per capita is $14,900.

be 6.0 times more likely to be unemployed


In China, 3.9% of adults are unemployed. In Macedonia, that number is 23.4%.

be 6.5 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In China, 3.3% live below the poverty line. In Macedonia, however, that number is 21.5%.

Life

be 70.4% less likely to die during childbirth


In China, approximately 27.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Macedonia, 8.0 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 Macedonia, on the other hand, 7.4 children do.

Expenditures

spend 18.2% more on healthcare


China spends 5.5% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Macedonia, that number is 6.5% of GDP.

Macedonia: At a glance

Macedonia is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 25,433 sq km. Macedonia gained its independence peacefully from Yugoslavia in 1991. Greece's objection to the new state's use of what it considered a Hellenic name and symbols delayed international recognition, which occurred under the provisional designation of "the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia." In 1995, Greece lifted a 20-month trade embargo and the two countries agreed to normalize relations, but the issue of the name remained unresolved and negotiations for a solution are ongoing. Since 2004, the US and over 130 other nations have recognized Macedonia by its constitutional name, Republic of Macedonia. Ethnic Albanian grievances over perceived political and economic inequities escalated into an insurgency in 2001 that eventually led to the internationally brokered Ohrid Framework Agreement, which ended the fighting and established guidelines for constitutional amendments and the creation of new laws that enhanced the rights of minorities. Although Macedonia became an EU candidate in 2005, the country still faces challenges, including fully implementing the Framework Agreement, improving relations with Bulgaria, carrying out democratic reforms, and stimulating economic growth and development. Macedonia's membership in NATO was blocked by Greece at the Alliance's Summit of Bucharest in 2008.

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

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