Quality of Life Comparison


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


live 6.4 years longer

In China, the average life expectancy is 76 years (74 years for men, 78 years for women). In Sweden, that number is 82 years (80 years for men, 84 years for women).

be 3.3 times more likely to be obese

In China, 6.2% of adults are obese. In Sweden, that number is 20.6% of people.


make 3.1 times more money

China has a GDP per capita of $16,700, while in Sweden, the GDP per capita is $51,500.

be 69.2% more likely to be unemployed

In China, 3.9% of adults are unemployed. In Sweden, that number is 6.6%.

be 4.5 times more likely to live below the poverty line

In China, 3.3% live below the poverty line. In Sweden, however, that number is 15.0%.

spend 26.9% more on taxes

China has a top tax rate of 45.0%. In Sweden, the top tax rate is 57.1%.


be 85.2% less likely to die during childbirth

In China, approximately 27.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Sweden, 4.0 women do.

be 78.3% less likely to die during infancy

In China, approximately 12.0 children die before they reach the age of one. In Sweden, on the other hand, 2.6 children do.

Basic Needs

be 72.0% more likely to have internet access

In China, approximately 53.2% of the population has internet access. In Sweden, about 91.5% do.


spend 2.2 times more on healthcare

China spends 5.5% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Sweden, that number is 11.9% of GDP.


see 77.8% less coastline

China has a total of 14,500 km of coastline. In Sweden, that number is 3,218 km.

Sweden: At a glance

Sweden is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 410,335 sq km. A military power during the 17th century, Sweden has not participated in any war for almost two centuries. An armed neutrality was preserved in both world wars. Sweden's long-successful economic formula of a capitalist system intermixed with substantial welfare elements was challenged in the 1990s by high unemployment and in 2000-02 and 2009 by the global economic downturns, but fiscal discipline over the past several years has allowed the country to weather economic vagaries. Sweden joined the EU in 1995, but the public rejected the introduction of the euro in a 2003 referendum.

How big is Sweden 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, Skatteverket.


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