Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in China instead of French Polynesia, you would:

Health

live 1.7 years less


In French Polynesia, the average life expectancy is 77 years (75 years for men, 80 years for women). In China, that number is 76 years (74 years for men, 78 years for women).

Economy

be 82.1% less likely to be unemployed


In French Polynesia, 21.8% of adults are unemployed. In China, that number is 3.9%.

be 83.2% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In French Polynesia, 19.7% live below the poverty line. In China, however, that number is 3.3%.

Life

be 2.6 times more likely to die during infancy


In French Polynesia, approximately 4.6 children die before they reach the age of one. In China, on the other hand, 12.0 children do.

have 16.9% less children


In French Polynesia, there are approximately 14.8 babies per 1,000 people. In China, there are 12.3 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 69.3% more likely to have access to electricity


In French Polynesia, 59% of people have electricity access (72% in urban areas, and 45% in rural areas). In China, that number is 100% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas).

be 22.2% less likely to have internet access


In French Polynesia, approximately 68.4% of the population has internet access. In China, about 53.2% do.

Geography

see 5.7 times more coastline


French Polynesia has a total of 2,525 km of coastline. In China, that number is 14,500 km.

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 French Polynesia? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook.

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