Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 8.2 years less


In Hong Kong, the average life expectancy is 83 years (80 years for men, 86 years for women) as of 2020. In Bulgaria, that number is 75 years (72 years for men, 78 years for women) as of 2020.

Economy

pay a 33.3% lower top tax rate


Hong Kong has a top tax rate of 15.0% as of 2016. In Bulgaria, the top tax rate is 10.0% as of 2016.

make 66.2% less money


Hong Kong has a GDP per capita of $64,500 as of 2018, while in Bulgaria, the GDP per capita is $21,800 as of 2017.

be 100.0% more likely to be unemployed


In Hong Kong, 3.1% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Bulgaria, that number is 6.2% as of 2017.

be 17.6% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In Hong Kong, 19.9% live below the poverty line as of 2016. In Bulgaria, however, that number is 23.4% as of 2016.

Life

be 3.0 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 Bulgaria, on the other hand, 8.1 children do as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 27.6% less likely to have internet access


In Hong Kong, approximately 89.4% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Bulgaria, about 64.8% do as of 2018.

Expenditures

spend 24.2% more on education


Hong Kong spends 3.3% of its total GDP on education as of 2018. Bulgaria spends 4.1% of total GDP on education as of 2013.

Geography

see 51.7% less coastline


Hong Kong has a total of 733 km of coastline. In Bulgaria, that number is 354 km.

Bulgaria: At a glance

Bulgaria is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 108,489 sq km. The Bulgars, a Central Asian Turkic tribe, merged with the local Slavic inhabitants in the late 7th century to form the first Bulgarian state. In succeeding centuries, Bulgaria struggled with the Byzantine Empire to assert its place in the Balkans, but by the end of the 14th century the country was overrun by the Ottoman Turks. Northern Bulgaria attained autonomy in 1878 and all of Bulgaria became independent from the Ottoman Empire in 1908. Having fought on the losing side in both World Wars, Bulgaria fell within the Soviet sphere of influence and became a People's Republic in 1946. Communist domination ended in 1990, when Bulgaria held its first multiparty election since World War II and began the contentious process of moving toward political democracy and a market economy while combating inflation, unemployment, corruption, and crime. The country joined NATO in 2004 and the EU in 2007.

How big is Bulgaria 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, National Revenue Agency, Bulgaria, Inland Revenue Department, Hong Kong.

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