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


live 8.5 years longer

In Gambia, the average life expectancy is 68 years (66 years for men, 69 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 39.8% less likely to be obese

In Gambia, 10.3% of adults are obese as of 2016. In China, that number is 6.2% of people as of 2016.


make 8.7 times more money

Gambia has a GDP per capita of $2,100 as of 2022, while in China, the GDP per capita is $18,200 as of 2022.

be 16.6% more likely to be unemployed

In Gambia, 4.3% of adults are unemployed as of 2022. In China, that number is 5.0% as of 2022.


be 95.0% less likely to die during childbirth

In Gambia, approximately 458.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2020. In China, 23.0 women do as of 2020.

be 66.6% more likely to be literate

In Gambia, the literacy rate is 58.1% as of 2021. In China, it is 96.8% as of 2018.

be 81.8% less likely to die during infancy

In Gambia, approximately 37.2 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 62.6% fewer children

In Gambia, there are approximately 27.3 babies per 1,000 people as of 2024. In China, there are 10.2 babies per 1,000 people as of 2024.

Basic Needs

be 57.2% more likely to have access to electricity

In Gambia, approximately 64% of the population has electricity access as of 2021. In China, 100% of the population do as of 2021.

be 2.2 times more likely to have internet access

In Gambia, approximately 33.0% of the population has internet access as of 2021. In China, about 73.0% do as of 2021.


spend 28.6% more on education

Gambia spends 2.8% of its total GDP on education as of 2020. China spends 3.6% of total GDP on education as of 2020.

spend 2.2 times more on healthcare

Gambia spends 2.6% of its total GDP on healthcare as of 2020. In China, that number is 5.6% of GDP as of 2020.


see 181.2 times more coastline

Gambia has a total of 80 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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