Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 14.5% less likely to be obese


In China, 6.2% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Uganda, that number is 5.3% of people as of 2016.

live 7.9 years less


In China, the average life expectancy is 76 years (74 years for men, 78 years for women) as of 2020. In Uganda, that number is 68 years (66 years for men, 70 years for women) as of 2020.

Economy

pay a 11.1% lower top tax rate


China has a top tax rate of 45.0% as of 2016. In Uganda, the top tax rate is 40.0% as of 2016.

make 86.8% less money


China has a GDP per capita of $18,200 as of 2018, while in Uganda, the GDP per capita is $2,400 as of 2017.

be 2.4 times more likely to be unemployed


In China, 3.9% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Uganda, that number is 9.4% as of 2014.

be 6.5 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In China, 3.3% live below the poverty line as of 2016. In Uganda, however, that number is 21.4% as of 2017.

Life

have 3.6 times more children


In China, there are approximately 11.6 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Uganda, there are 42.3 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

be 12.9 times more likely to die during childbirth


In China, approximately 29.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Uganda, 375.0 women do as of 2017.

be 21.0% less likely to be literate


In China, the literacy rate is 96.8% as of 2018. In Uganda, it is 76.5% as of 2018.

be 2.9 times more likely to die during infancy


In China, approximately 11.4 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Uganda, on the other hand, 32.6 children do as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 80.0% less likely to have access to electricity


In China, approximately 100% of the population has electricity access as of 2016. In Uganda, 20% of the population do as of 2017.

be 56.3% less likely to have internet access


In China, approximately 54.3% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Uganda, about 23.7% do as of 2018.

be 12.9% less likely to have access to improved drinking water


In China, approximately 93% of people have improved drinking water access (98% in urban areas, and 88% in rural areas) as of 2017. In Uganda, that number is 81% of people on average (93% in urban areas, and 77% in rural areas) as of 2017.

Uganda: At a glance

Uganda is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 197,100 sq km. The colonial boundaries created by Britain to delimit Uganda grouped together a wide range of ethnic groups with different political systems and cultures. These differences prevented the establishment of a working political community after independence was achieved in 1962. The dictatorial regime of Idi AMIN (1971-79) was responsible for the deaths of some 300,000 opponents; guerrilla war and human rights abuses under Milton OBOTE (1980-85) claimed at least another 100,000 lives. The rule of Yoweri MUSEVENI since 1986 has brought relative stability and economic growth to Uganda. A constitutional referendum in 2005 cancelled a 19-year ban on multi-party politics.

How big is Uganda 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, Uganda Revenue Authority.

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