Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 4.5 years longer


In China, the average life expectancy is 76 years (74 years for men, 78 years for women) as of 2020. In Taiwan, that number is 81 years (78 years for men, 84 years for women) as of 2020.

Economy

make 2.8 times more money


China has a GDP per capita of $18,200 as of 2018, while in Taiwan, the GDP per capita is $50,500 as of 2017.

be 54.5% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In China, 3.3% live below the poverty line as of 2016. In Taiwan, however, that number is 1.5% as of 2012.

Life

be 63.2% less likely to die during infancy


In China, approximately 11.4 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Taiwan, on the other hand, 4.2 children do as of 2020.

have 31.0% fewer children


In China, there are approximately 11.6 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Taiwan, there are 8.0 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 70.9% more likely to have internet access


In China, approximately 54.3% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Taiwan, about 92.8% do as of 2018.

Geography

see 89.2% less coastline


China has a total of 14,500 km of coastline. In Taiwan, that number is 1,566 km.

Taiwan: At a glance

Taiwan is a sovereign country in East/Southeast Asia, with a total land area of approximately 32,260 sq km. In 1895, military defeat forced China's Qing Dynasty to cede Taiwan to Japan. Taiwan came under Chinese Nationalist control after World War II. Following the communist victory on the mainland in 1949, 2 million Nationalists fled to Taiwan and established a government using the 1947 constitution drawn up for all of China. Beginning in the 1950s, the ruling authorities gradually democratized and incorporated the local population within the governing structure. This process expanded rapidly in the 1980s. In 2000, Taiwan underwent its first peaceful transfer of power from the Nationalist (Kuomintang or KMT) to the Democratic Progressive Party. Throughout this period, the island prospered and became one of East Asia's economic "Tigers." The dominant political issues continue to be management of sensitive relations between Taiwan and China - specifically the question of Taiwan's eventual status - as well as domestic priorities for economic reform and growth.

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


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook.

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