Quality of Life Comparison

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

Health

live 11.7 years less


In China, the average life expectancy is 76 years (74 years for men, 78 years for women). In Namibia, that number is 64 years (62 years for men, 66 years for women).

be 2.8 times more likely to be obese


In China, 6.2% of adults are obese. In Namibia, that number is 17.2% of people.

Economy

spend 17.8% less on taxes


China has a top tax rate of 45.0%. In Namibia, the top tax rate is 37.0%.

make 32.3% less money


China has a GDP per capita of $16,700, while in Namibia, the GDP per capita is $11,300.

be 8.7 times more likely to be unemployed


In China, 3.9% of adults are unemployed. In Namibia, that number is 34.0%.

be 8.7 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In China, 3.3% live below the poverty line. In Namibia, however, that number is 28.7%.

Life

be 15.0% less likely to be literate


In China, the literacy rate is 96.4%. In Namibia, it is 81.9%.

have 2.2 times more children


In China, there are approximately 12.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Namibia, there are 27.3 babies per 1,000 people.

be 9.8 times more likely to die during childbirth


In China, approximately 27.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Namibia, 265.0 women do.

be 2.9 times more likely to die during infancy


In China, approximately 12.0 children die before they reach the age of one. In Namibia, on the other hand, 35.1 children do.

Basic Needs

be 68.0% 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 Namibia, that number is 32% of people on average (50% in urban areas, and 17% in rural areas).

be 41.7% less likely to have internet access


In China, approximately 53.2% of the population has internet access. In Namibia, about 31.0% do.

Expenditures

spend 61.8% more on healthcare


China spends 5.5% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Namibia, that number is 8.9% of GDP.

Geography

see 89.2% less coastline


China has a total of 14,500 km of coastline. In Namibia, that number is 1,572 km.

Namibia: At a glance

Namibia is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 823,290 sq km. South Africa occupied the German colony of South-West Africa during World War I and administered it as a mandate until after World War II, when it annexed the territory. In 1966 the Marxist South-West Africa People's Organization (SWAPO) guerrilla group launched a war of independence for the area that became Namibia, but it was not until 1988 that South Africa agreed to end its administration in accordance with a UN peace plan for the entire region. Namibia has been governed by SWAPO since the country won independence in 1990. Hifikepunye POHAMBA was elected president in November 2004 in a landslide victory replacing Sam NUJOMA who led the country during its first 14 years of self rule. POHAMBA was reelected in November 2009.

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


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

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