Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 3.1 years longer


In China, the average life expectancy is 76 years (74 years for men, 78 years for women). In Panama, that number is 79 years (76 years for men, 82 years for women).

be 3.7 times more likely to be obese


In China, 6.2% of adults are obese. In Panama, that number is 22.7% of people.

Economy

make 52.1% more money


China has a GDP per capita of $16,700, while in Panama, the GDP per capita is $25,400.

spend 44.4% less on taxes


China has a top tax rate of 45.0%. In Panama, the top tax rate is 25.0%.

be 41.0% more likely to be unemployed


In China, 3.9% of adults are unemployed. In Panama, that number is 5.5%.

be 7.0 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In China, 3.3% live below the poverty line. In Panama, however, that number is 23.0%.

Life

be 17.5% less likely to die during infancy


In China, approximately 12.0 children die before they reach the age of one. In Panama, on the other hand, 9.9 children do.

have 45.5% more children


In China, there are approximately 12.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Panama, there are 17.9 babies per 1,000 people.

be 3.5 times more likely to die during childbirth


In China, approximately 27.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Panama, 94.0 women do.

Expenditures

spend 45.5% more on healthcare


China spends 5.5% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Panama, that number is 8.0% of GDP.

Geography

see 82.8% less coastline


China has a total of 14,500 km of coastline. In Panama, that number is 2,490 km.

Panama: At a glance

Panama is a sovereign country in Central America/Caribbean, with a total land area of approximately 74,340 sq km. Explored and settled by the Spanish in the 16th century, Panama broke with Spain in 1821 and joined a union of Colombia, Ecuador, and Venezuela - named the Republic of Gran Colombia. When the latter dissolved in 1830, Panama remained part of Colombia. With US backing, Panama seceded from Colombia in 1903 and promptly signed a treaty with the US allowing for the construction of a canal and US sovereignty over a strip of land on either side of the structure (the Panama Canal Zone). The Panama Canal was built by the US Army Corps of Engineers between 1904 and 1914. In 1977, an agreement was signed for the complete transfer of the Canal from the US to Panama by the end of the century. Certain portions of the Zone and increasing responsibility over the Canal were turned over in the subsequent decades. With US help, dictator Manuel NORIEGA was deposed in 1989. The entire Panama Canal, the area supporting the Canal, and remaining US military bases were transferred to Panama by the end of 1999. In October 2006, Panamanians approved an ambitious plan (estimated to cost $5.3 billion) to expand the Canal. The project, which began in 2007 and could double the Canal's capacity, is expected to be completed in 2015.

How big is Panama 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 Directorate of Revenues, Panama, State Administration of Taxation.

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