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


live 2.7 years longer

In Greenland, the average life expectancy is 73 years (71 years for men, 76 years for women) as of 2020. In China, that number is 76 years (74 years for men, 78 years for women) as of 2020.


be 57.1% less likely to be unemployed

In Greenland, 9.1% of adults are unemployed as of 2015. In China, that number is 3.9% as of 2017.

be 79.6% less likely to live below the poverty line

In Greenland, 16.2% live below the poverty line as of 2015. In China, however, that number is 3.3% as of 2016.

make 56.5% less money

Greenland has a GDP per capita of $41,800 as of 2015, while in China, the GDP per capita is $18,200 as of 2018.


be 37.3% more likely to die during infancy

In Greenland, approximately 8.3 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In China, on the other hand, 11.4 children do as of 2020.

have 17.7% fewer children

In Greenland, there are approximately 14.1 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In China, there are 11.6 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 21.8% less likely to have internet access

In Greenland, approximately 69.5% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In China, about 54.3% do as of 2018.


see 67.1% less coastline

Greenland has a total of 44,087 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.
Read more

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

Share this


Join the Elsewhere community and ask a question about China. It's a free, question-and-answer based forum to discuss what life is like in countries and cities around the world.