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

Health

live 30.2 years less

In Hong Kong, the average life expectancy is 83 years (80 years for men, 86 years for women) as of 2020. In Lesotho, that number is 53 years (53 years for men, 53 years for women) as of 2020.

Economy

make 94.9% less money

Hong Kong has a GDP per capita of $64,500 as of 2018, while in Lesotho, the GDP per capita is $3,300 as of 2017.

be 9.1 times more likely to be unemployed

In Hong Kong, 3.1% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Lesotho, that number is 28.1% as of 2014.

be 2.9 times more likely to live below the poverty line

In Hong Kong, 19.9% live below the poverty line as of 2016. In Lesotho, however, that number is 57.0% as of 2016.

pay a 100.0% higher top tax rate

Hong Kong has a top tax rate of 15.0% as of 2016. In Lesotho, the top tax rate is 30.0% as of 2016.

Life

have 2.8 times more children

In Hong Kong, there are approximately 8.4 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Lesotho, there are 23.2 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

be 15.4 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 Lesotho, on the other hand, 41.5 children do as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 70.3% less likely to have access to electricity

In Hong Kong, approximately 100% of the population has electricity access as of 2016. In Lesotho, 30% of the population do as of 2017.

be 67.6% less likely to have internet access

In Hong Kong, approximately 89.4% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Lesotho, about 29.0% do as of 2018.

be 21.8% less likely to have access to improved drinking water

In Hong Kong, approximately 100% of people have improved drinking water access as of 2017. In Lesotho, 78% of people do as of 2017.

Expenditures

spend 93.9% more on education

Hong Kong spends 3.3% of its total GDP on education as of 2018. Lesotho spends 6.4% of total GDP on education as of 2018.


The statistics above were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Ministry of Finance, Inland Revenue Department, Hong Kong.

Lesotho: At a glance

Lesotho is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 30,355 sq km. Basutoland was renamed the Kingdom of Lesotho upon independence from the UK in 1966. The Basuto National Party ruled the country during its first two decades. King MOSHOESHOE was exiled in 1990, but returned to Lesotho in 1992 and was reinstated in 1995 and subsequently succeeded by his son, King LETSIE III, in 1996. Constitutional government was restored in 1993 after seven years of military rule. In 1998, violent protests and a military mutiny following a contentious election prompted a brief but bloody intervention by South African and Batswana military forces under the aegis of the Southern African Development Community. Subsequent constitutional reforms restored relative political stability. Peaceful parliamentary elections were held in 2002, but the National Assembly elections of February 2007 were hotly contested and aggrieved parties disputed how the electoral law was applied to award proportional seats in the Assembly. In May 2012, competitive elections involving 18 parties saw Prime Minister Motsoahae Thomas THABANE form a coalition government - the first in the country's history - that ousted the 14-year incumbent, Pakalitha MOSISILI, who peacefully transferred power the following month.
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