Quality of Life Comparison


If you lived in Hong Kong instead of Ethiopia, you would:


live 20.4 years longer

In Ethiopia, the average life expectancy is 63 years (60 years for men, 65 years for women). In Hong Kong, that number is 83 years (80 years for men, 86 years for women).


make 27.9 times more money

Ethiopia has a GDP per capita of $2,200, while in Hong Kong, the GDP per capita is $61,400.

be 82.3% less likely to be unemployed

In Ethiopia, 17.5% of adults are unemployed. In Hong Kong, that number is 3.1%.

be 32.8% less likely to be live below the poverty line

In Ethiopia, 29.6% live below the poverty line. In Hong Kong, however, that number is 19.9%.

spend 57.1% less on taxes

Ethiopia has a top tax rate of 35.0%. In Hong Kong, the top tax rate is 15.0%.


be 94.6% less likely to die during infancy

In Ethiopia, approximately 49.6 children die before they reach the age of one. In Hong Kong, on the other hand, 2.7 children do.

have 75.6% fewer children

In Ethiopia, there are approximately 36.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Hong Kong, there are 8.9 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 4.2 times more likely to have access to electricity

In Ethiopia, 24% of the population has electricity access. In Hong Kong, 100% of the population do.

be 5.5 times more likely to have internet access

In Ethiopia, approximately 15.4% of the population has internet access. In Hong Kong, about 85.0% do.


spend 26.7% less on education

Ethiopia spends 4.5% of its total GDP on education. Hong Kong spends 3.3% of total GDP on education.

Hong Kong: At a glance

Hong Kong (sometimes abbreviated HK) is a sovereign country in East/Southeast Asia, with a total land area of approximately 1,073 sq km. Occupied by the UK in 1841, Hong Kong was formally ceded by China the following year; various adjacent lands were added later in the 19th century. Pursuant to an agreement signed by China and the UK on 19 December 1984, Hong Kong became the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) of the People's Republic of China on 1 July 1997. In this agreement, China promised that, under its "one country, two systems" formula, China's socialist economic system would not be imposed on Hong Kong and that Hong Kong would enjoy a "high degree of autonomy" in all matters except foreign and defense affairs for the subsequent 50 years.

How big is Hong Kong 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, Inland Revenue Department, Hong Kong.


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