Quality of life comparison
If you lived in Zambia instead of China, you would:
live 9.8 years less
In China, the average life expectancy is 76 years (74 years for men, 81 years for women) as of 2020. In Zambia, that number is 66 years (65 years for men, 68 years for women) as of 2022.
be 30.6% more likely to be obese
In China, 6.2% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Zambia, that number is 8.1% of people as of 2016.
pay a 22.2% lower top tax rate
China has a top tax rate of 45.0% as of 2016. In Zambia, the top tax rate is 35.0% as of 2016.
make 79.9% less money
China has a GDP per capita of $16,400 as of 2020, while in Zambia, the GDP per capita is $3,300 as of 2020.
be 4.1 times more likely to be unemployed
In China, 3.6% of adults are unemployed as of 2019. In Zambia, that number is 15.0% as of 2008.
be 90.7 times more likely to live below the poverty line
In China, 0.6% live below the poverty line as of 2019. In Zambia, however, that number is 54.4% as of 2015.
have 3.5 times more children
In China, there are approximately 9.9 babies per 1,000 people as of 2022. In Zambia, there are 34.9 babies per 1,000 people as of 2022.
be 7.3 times more likely to die during childbirth
In China, approximately 29.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Zambia, 213.0 women do as of 2017.
be 10.4% less likely to be literate
In China, the literacy rate is 96.8% as of 2018. In Zambia, it is 86.7% as of 2018.
be 5.5 times more likely to die during infancy
In China, approximately 6.8 children (per 1,000 live births) die before they reach the age of one as of 2022. In Zambia, on the other hand, 37.1 children do as of 2022.
be 63.0% less likely to have access to electricity
In China, approximately 100% of the population has electricity access as of 2020. In Zambia, 37% of the population do as of 2019.
be 71.4% less likely to have internet access
In China, approximately 70.0% of the population has internet access as of 2020. In Zambia, about 20.0% do as of 2020.
be 24.7% less likely to have access to improved drinking water
In China, approximately 95% of people have improved drinking water access (97% in urban areas, and 92% in rural areas) as of 2020. In Zambia, that number is 72% of people on average (90% in urban areas, and 57% in rural areas) as of 2020.
spend 28.6% more on education
China spends 3.5% of its total GDP on education as of 2018. Zambia spends 4.5% of total GDP on education as of 2019.
The statistics above were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Zambia Revenue Authority, State Administration of Taxation.
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