Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 5.1 years less


In China, the average life expectancy is 76 years (74 years for men, 78 years for women) as of 2020. In Venezuela, that number is 71 years (68 years for men, 75 years for women) as of 2020.

be 4.1 times more likely to be obese


In China, 6.2% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Venezuela, that number is 25.6% of people as of 2016.

Economy

pay a 24.4% lower top tax rate


China has a top tax rate of 45.0% as of 2016. In Venezuela, the top tax rate is 34.0% as of 2016.

make 31.3% less money


China has a GDP per capita of $18,200 as of 2018, while in Venezuela, the GDP per capita is $12,500 as of 2017.

be 6.9 times more likely to be unemployed


In China, 3.9% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Venezuela, that number is 27.1% as of 2017.

be 6.0 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In China, 3.3% live below the poverty line as of 2016. In Venezuela, however, that number is 19.7% as of 2015.

Life

have 54.3% more children


In China, there are approximately 11.6 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Venezuela, there are 17.9 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

be 4.3 times more likely to die during childbirth


In China, approximately 29.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Venezuela, 125.0 women do as of 2017.

be 2.4 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 Venezuela, on the other hand, 27.9 children do as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 32.6% more likely to have internet access


In China, approximately 54.3% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Venezuela, about 72.0% do as of 2018.

Geography

see 80.7% less coastline


China has a total of 14,500 km of coastline. In Venezuela, that number is 2,800 km.

Venezuela: At a glance

Venezuela is a sovereign country in South America, with a total land area of approximately 882,050 sq km. Venezuela was one of three countries that emerged from the collapse of Gran Colombia in 1830 (the others being Ecuador and New Granada, which became Colombia). For most of the first half of the 20th century, Venezuela was ruled by generally benevolent military strongmen, who promoted the oil industry and allowed for some social reforms. Democratically elected governments have held sway since 1959. Hugo CHAVEZ, president from 1999 to 2013, sought to implement his "21st Century Socialism," which purported to alleviate social ills while at the same time attacking capitalist globalization and existing democratic institutions. His hand-picked successor, President Nicolas MADURO, continues CHAVEZ's socialist programs. Current concerns include: a weakening of democratic institutions, political polarization, a politicized military, rampant violent crime, overdependence on the petroleum industry with its price fluctuations, foreign exchange controls that discourage private-sector investment, high inflation, a decline in the quality of fundamental houman rights, and widespread scarcity of consumer goods.

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


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Ministerio del Poder Popular de Finanzas, SENIAT, State Administration of Taxation.

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