Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 4.2 years less


In Hong Kong, the average life expectancy is 83 years (80 years for men, 86 years for women) as of 2020. In Albania, that number is 79 years (76 years for men, 82 years for women) as of 2020.

Economy

be 28.1% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Hong Kong, 19.9% live below the poverty line as of 2016. In Albania, however, that number is 14.3% as of 2012.

make 80.6% less money


Hong Kong has a GDP per capita of $64,500 as of 2018, while in Albania, the GDP per capita is $12,500 as of 2017.

be 4.5 times more likely to be unemployed


In Hong Kong, 3.1% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Albania, that number is 13.8% as of 2017.

pay a 53.3% higher top tax rate


Hong Kong has a top tax rate of 15.0% as of 2016. In Albania, the top tax rate is 23.0% as of 2016.

Life

have 54.8% more children


In Hong Kong, there are approximately 8.4 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Albania, there are 13.0 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

be 4.0 times more likely to die during infancy


In Hong Kong, approximately 2.7 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Albania, on the other hand, 10.8 children do as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 19.6% less likely to have internet access


In Hong Kong, approximately 89.4% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Albania, about 71.8% do as of 2018.

Expenditures

spend 21.2% more on education


Hong Kong spends 3.3% of its total GDP on education as of 2018. Albania spends 4.0% of total GDP on education as of 2016.

Geography

see 50.6% less coastline


Hong Kong has a total of 733 km of coastline. In Albania, that number is 362 km.

Albania: At a glance

Albania is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 27,398 sq km. Albania declared its independence from the Ottoman Empire in 1912, but was conquered by Italy in 1939, and occupied by Germany in 1943. Communist partisans took over the country in 1944. Albania allied itself first with the USSR (until 1960), and then with China (to 1978). In the early 1990s, Albania ended 46 years of xenophobic communist rule and established a multiparty democracy. The transition has proven challenging as successive governments have tried to deal with high unemployment, widespread corruption, dilapidated infrastructure, powerful organized crime networks, and combative political opponents. Albania has made progress in its democratic development since first holding multiparty elections in 1991, but deficiencies remain. International observers judged elections to be largely free and fair since the restoration of political stability following the collapse of pyramid schemes in 1997; however, each of Albania's post-communist elections have been marred by claims of electoral fraud. The 2009 general elections resulted in a coalition government, the first such in the country's history. In 2013, general elections achieved a peaceful transition of power and a second successive coalition government. Albania joined NATO in April 2009 and is a potential candidate for EU accession. Although Albania's economy continues to grow, it has slowed, and the country is still one of the poorest in Europe. A large informal economy and an inadequate energy and transportation infrastructure remain obstacles.

How big is Albania compared to Hong Kong? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Albanian Taxation Office, Inland Revenue Department, Hong Kong.

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