Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 7.6 years less


In China, the average life expectancy is 76 years (74 years for men, 78 years for women). In Pakistan, that number is 68 years (66 years for men, 70 years for women).

be 38.7% more likely to be obese


In China, 6.2% of adults are obese. In Pakistan, that number is 8.6% of people.

Economy

spend 55.6% less on taxes


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

make 67.7% less money


China has a GDP per capita of $16,700, while in Pakistan, the GDP per capita is $5,400.

be 53.8% more likely to be unemployed


In China, 3.9% of adults are unemployed. In Pakistan, that number is 6.0%.

Life

be 39.9% less likely to be literate


In China, the literacy rate is 96.4%. In Pakistan, it is 57.9%.

have 78.0% more children


In China, there are approximately 12.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Pakistan, there are 21.9 babies per 1,000 people.

be 6.6 times more likely to die during childbirth


In China, approximately 27.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Pakistan, 178.0 women do.

be 4.3 times more likely to die during infancy


In China, approximately 12.0 children die before they reach the age of one. In Pakistan, on the other hand, 52.1 children do.

Basic Needs

be 26.9% 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 Pakistan, that number is 73% of people on average (91% in urban areas, and 62% in rural areas).

be 70.9% less likely to have internet access


In China, approximately 53.2% of the population has internet access. In Pakistan, about 15.5% do.

Expenditures

spend 52.7% less on healthcare


China spends 5.5% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Pakistan, that number is 2.6% of GDP.

Geography

see 92.8% less coastline


China has a total of 14,500 km of coastline. In Pakistan, that number is 1,046 km.

Pakistan: At a glance

Pakistan is a sovereign country in South Asia, with a total land area of approximately 770,875 sq km. The Indus Valley civilization, one of the oldest in the world and dating back at least 5,000 years, spread over much of what is presently Pakistan. During the second millennium B.C., remnants of this culture fused with the migrating Indo-Aryan peoples. The area underwent successive invasions in subsequent centuries from the Persians, Greeks, Scythians, Arabs (who brought Islam), Afghans, and Turks. The Mughal Empire flourished in the 16th and 17th centuries; the British came to dominate the region in the 18th century. The separation in 1947 of British India into the Muslim state of Pakistan (with West and East sections) and largely Hindu India was never satisfactorily resolved, and India and Pakistan fought two wars - in 1947-48 and 1965 - over the disputed Kashmir territory. A third war between these countries in 1971 - in which India capitalized on Islamabad's marginalization of Bengalis in Pakistani politics - resulted in East Pakistan becoming the separate nation of Bangladesh. In response to Indian nuclear weapons testing, Pakistan conducted its own tests in 1998. India-Pakistan relations have been rocky since the November 2008 Mumbai attacks, but both countries are taking small steps to put relations back on track. In February 2008, Pakistan held parliamentary elections and in September 2008, after the resignation of former President MUSHARRAF, elected Asif Ali ZARDARI to the presidency. Pakistani government and military leaders are struggling to control domestic insurgents, many of whom are located in the tribal areas adjacent to the border with Afghanistan.

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


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Federal Board of Revenue, Government of Pakistan, State Administration of Taxation.

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