Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in United Kingdom instead of Hong Kong, you would:

Health

live 2.1 years less


In Hong Kong, the average life expectancy is 83 years (80 years for men, 86 years for women) as of 2020. In United Kingdom, that number is 81 years (79 years for men, 84 years for women) as of 2020.

Economy

be 24.6% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Hong Kong, 19.9% live below the poverty line as of 2016. In United Kingdom, however, that number is 15.0% as of 2013.

make 31.3% less money


Hong Kong has a GDP per capita of $64,500 as of 2018, while in United Kingdom, the GDP per capita is $44,300 as of 2017.

be 41.9% more likely to be unemployed


In Hong Kong, 3.1% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In United Kingdom, that number is 4.4% as of 2017.

pay a 3.0 times higher top tax rate


Hong Kong has a top tax rate of 15.0% as of 2016. In United Kingdom, the top tax rate is 45.0% as of 2016.

Life

have 41.7% more children


In Hong Kong, there are approximately 8.4 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In United Kingdom, there are 11.9 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

be 51.9% 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 United Kingdom, on the other hand, 4.1 children do as of 2020.

Expenditures

spend 66.7% more on education


Hong Kong spends 3.3% of its total GDP on education as of 2018. United Kingdom spends 5.5% of total GDP on education as of 2016.

Geography

see 17.0 times more coastline


Hong Kong has a total of 733 km of coastline. In United Kingdom, that number is 12,429 km.

United Kingdom: At a glance

United Kingdom (sometimes abbreviated UK) is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 241,930 sq km. The United Kingdom has historically played a leading role in developing parliamentary democracy and in advancing literature and science. At its zenith in the 19th century, the British Empire stretched over one-fourth of the earth's surface. The first half of the 20th century saw the UK's strength seriously depleted in two world wars and the Irish Republic's withdrawal from the union. The second half witnessed the dismantling of the Empire and the UK rebuilding itself into a modern and prosperous European nation. As one of five permanent members of the UN Security Council and a founding member of NATO and the Commonwealth, the UK pursues a global approach to foreign policy. The UK is also an active member of the EU, although it chose to remain outside the Economic and Monetary Union. The Scottish Parliament, the National Assembly for Wales, and the Northern Ireland Assembly were established in 1999. The latter was suspended until May 2007 due to wrangling over the peace process, but devolution was fully completed in March 2010.

How big is United Kingdom 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, HM Revenue & Customs, Inland Revenue Department, Hong Kong.

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