Quality of Life Comparison


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


live 13.1 years longer

In Ethiopia, the average life expectancy is 63 years (60 years for men, 65 years for women). In China, that number is 76 years (74 years for men, 78 years for women).

be 37.8% more likely to be obese

In Ethiopia, 4.5% of adults are obese. In China, that number is 6.2% of people.


make 7.6 times more money

Ethiopia has a GDP per capita of $2,200, while in China, the GDP per capita is $16,700.

be 77.7% less likely to be unemployed

In Ethiopia, 17.5% of adults are unemployed. In China, that number is 3.9%.

be 88.9% less likely to be live below the poverty line

In Ethiopia, 29.6% live below the poverty line. In China, however, that number is 3.3%.

spend 28.6% more on taxes

Ethiopia has a top tax rate of 35.0%. In China, the top tax rate is 45.0%.


be 92.4% less likely to die during childbirth

In Ethiopia, approximately 353.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In China, 27.0 women do.

be 96.3% more likely to be literate

In Ethiopia, the literacy rate is 49.1%. In China, it is 96.4%.

be 75.8% less likely to die during infancy

In Ethiopia, approximately 49.6 children die before they reach the age of one. In China, on the other hand, 12.0 children do.

have 66.3% fewer children

In Ethiopia, there are approximately 36.5 babies per 1,000 people. In China, there are 12.3 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 4.2 times more likely to have access to electricity

In Ethiopia, 24% of people have electricity access (85% in urban areas, and 10% in rural areas). In China, that number is 100% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas).

be 3.5 times more likely to have internet access

In Ethiopia, approximately 15.4% of the population has internet access. In China, about 53.2% do.

be 66.7% more likely to have access to improved drinking water

In Ethiopia, approximately 57% of people have improved drinking water access (93% in urban areas, and 49% in rural areas). In China, that number is 96% of people on average (98% in urban areas, and 93% in rural areas).


spend 12.2% more on healthcare

Ethiopia spends 4.9% of its total GDP on healthcare. In China, that number is 5.5% of GDP.

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.

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

The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Ethiopian Revenues and Customs Authority, State Administration of Taxation.


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