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

Health

live 9.2 years longer

In Eritrea, the average life expectancy is 67 years (64 years for men, 70 years for women) as of 2022. In China, that number is 76 years (74 years for men, 81 years for women) as of 2020.

be 24.0% more likely to be obese

In Eritrea, 5.0% of adults are obese as of 2016. In China, that number is 6.2% of people as of 2016.

Economy

make 10.2 times more money

Eritrea has a GDP per capita of $1,600 as of 2017, while in China, the GDP per capita is $16,400 as of 2020.

be 37.2% less likely to be unemployed

In Eritrea, 5.8% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In China, that number is 3.6% as of 2019.

be 98.8% less likely to live below the poverty line

In Eritrea, 50.0% live below the poverty line as of 2004. In China, however, that number is 0.6% as of 2019.

Life

be 94.0% less likely to die during childbirth

In Eritrea, approximately 480.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In China, 29.0 women do as of 2017.

be 26.4% more likely to be literate

In Eritrea, the literacy rate is 76.6% as of 2018. In China, it is 96.8% as of 2018.

be 83.7% less likely to die during infancy

In Eritrea, approximately 41.5 children (per 1,000 live births) die before they reach the age of one as of 2022. In China, on the other hand, 6.8 children do as of 2022.

have 63.3% fewer children

In Eritrea, there are approximately 27.0 babies per 1,000 people as of 2022. In China, there are 9.9 babies per 1,000 people as of 2022.

Basic Needs

be 2.1 times more likely to have access to electricity

In Eritrea, approximately 47% of the population has electricity access as of 2019. In China, 100% of the population do as of 2020.

be 70.0 times more likely to have internet access

In Eritrea, approximately 1.0% of the population has internet access as of 2019. In China, about 70.0% do as of 2020.

be 64.5% more likely to have access to improved drinking water

In Eritrea, approximately 58% of people have improved drinking water access (73% in urban areas, and 53% in rural areas) as of 2015. In China, that number is 95% of people on average (97% in urban areas, and 92% in rural areas) as of 2020.

Expenditures

spend 20.0% more on healthcare

Eritrea spends 4.5% of its total GDP on healthcare as of 2019. In China, that number is 5.4% of GDP as of 2019.

Geography

see 6.5 times more coastline

Eritrea has a total of 2,234 km of coastline. In China, that number is 14,500 km.


The statistics above were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook.

China: At a glance

China (sometimes abbreviated PRC) is a sovereign country in East/Southeast Asia, with a total land area of approximately 9,326,410 sq km. For centuries China stood as a leading civilization, outpacing the rest of the world in the arts and sciences, but in the 19th and early 20th centuries, the country was beset by civil unrest, major famines, military defeats, and foreign occupation. After World War II, the communists under MAO Zedong established an autocratic socialist system that, while ensuring China's sovereignty, imposed strict controls over everyday life and cost the lives of tens of millions of people. After 1978, MAO's successor DENG Xiaoping and other leaders focused on market-oriented economic development and by 2000 output had quadrupled. For much of the population, living standards have improved dramatically and the room for personal choice has expanded, yet political controls remain tight. Since the early 1990s, China has increased its global outreach and participation in international organizations.
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