Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 1.1 years longer


In France, the average life expectancy is 82 years (79 years for men, 85 years for women). In Hong Kong, that number is 83 years (80 years for men, 86 years for women).

Economy

make 40.2% more money


France has a GDP per capita of $43,800, while in Hong Kong, the GDP per capita is $61,400.

be 67.4% less likely to be unemployed


In France, 9.5% of adults are unemployed. In Hong Kong, that number is 3.1%.

spend 70.1% less on taxes


France has a top tax rate of 50.2%. In Hong Kong, the top tax rate is 15.0%.

be 40.1% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In France, 14.2% live below the poverty line. In Hong Kong, however, that number is 19.9%.

Life

be 15.6% less likely to die during infancy


In France, approximately 3.2 children die before they reach the age of one. In Hong Kong, on the other hand, 2.7 children do.

have 27.0% fewer children


In France, there are approximately 12.2 babies per 1,000 people. In Hong Kong, there are 8.9 babies per 1,000 people.

Expenditures

spend 40.0% less on education


France spends 5.5% of its total GDP on education. Hong Kong spends 3.3% of total GDP on education.

Geography

see 78.6% less coastline


France has a total of 3,427 km of coastline. In Hong Kong, that number is 733 km.

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 France? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Direction Générale des Finances Publiques, Inland Revenue Department, Hong Kong.

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