Quality of Life Comparison


If you lived in New Zealand instead of Costa Rica, you would:


live 2.6 years longer

In Costa Rica, the average life expectancy is 79 years (76 years for men, 82 years for women). In New Zealand, that number is 81 years (79 years for men, 84 years for women).

be 19.8% more likely to be obese

In Costa Rica, 25.7% of adults are obese. In New Zealand, that number is 30.8% of people.


make 2.3 times more money

Costa Rica has a GDP per capita of $16,900, while in New Zealand, the GDP per capita is $38,900.

be 39.5% less likely to be unemployed

In Costa Rica, 8.1% of adults are unemployed. In New Zealand, that number is 4.9%.

spend 2.2 times more on taxes

Costa Rica has a top tax rate of 15.0%. In New Zealand, the top tax rate is 33.0%.


be 56.0% less likely to die during childbirth

In Costa Rica, approximately 25.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In New Zealand, 11.0 women do.

be 45.0% less likely to die during infancy

In Costa Rica, approximately 8.0 children die before they reach the age of one. In New Zealand, on the other hand, 4.4 children do.

have 14.8% fewer children

In Costa Rica, there are approximately 15.5 babies per 1,000 people. In New Zealand, there are 13.2 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 34.1% more likely to have internet access

In Costa Rica, approximately 66.0% of the population has internet access. In New Zealand, about 88.5% do.


spend 11.3% less on education

Costa Rica spends 7.1% of its total GDP on education. New Zealand spends 6.3% of total GDP on education.

spend 18.3% more on healthcare

Costa Rica spends 9.3% of its total GDP on healthcare. In New Zealand, that number is 11.0% of GDP.


see 11.7 times more coastline

Costa Rica has a total of 1,290 km of coastline. In New Zealand, that number is 15,134 km.

New Zealand: At a glance

New Zealand (sometimes abbreviated NZ) is a sovereign country in Australia-Oceania, with a total land area of approximately 264,537 sq km. The Polynesian Maori reached New Zealand in about A.D. 800. In 1840, their chieftains entered into a compact with Britain, the Treaty of Waitangi, in which they ceded sovereignty to Queen Victoria while retaining territorial rights. That same year, the British began the first organized colonial settlement. A series of land wars between 1843 and 1872 ended with the defeat of the native peoples. The British colony of New Zealand became an independent dominion in 1907 and supported the UK militarily in both world wars. New Zealand's full participation in a number of defense alliances lapsed by the 1980s. In recent years, the government has sought to address longstanding Maori grievances.

How big is New Zealand compared to Costa Rica? See an in-depth size comparison.

The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, New Zealand Inland Revenue Department, Directorate General of Taxation of Costa Rica.


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