Quality of Life Comparison


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


be 4.1 times more likely to be obese

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


spend 24.4% less on taxes

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

make 27.5% less money

China has a GDP per capita of $16,700, while in Venezuela, the GDP per capita is $12,100.

be 6.8 times more likely to be unemployed

In China, 3.9% of adults are unemployed. In Venezuela, that number is 26.4%.

be 6.0 times more likely to live below the poverty line

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


have 52.8% more children

In China, there are approximately 12.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Venezuela, there are 18.8 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 Venezuela, 95.0 women do.

Basic Needs

be 12.8% more likely to have internet access

In China, approximately 53.2% of the population has internet access. In Venezuela, about 60.0% do.


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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