Quality of life comparison
If you lived in South Korea instead of Ireland, you would:
live 1.3 years longer
In Ireland, the average life expectancy is 82 years (79 years for men, 84 years for women) as of 2022. In South Korea, that number is 83 years (80 years for men, 86 years for women) as of 2022.
be 81.4% less likely to be obese
In Ireland, 25.3% of adults are obese as of 2016. In South Korea, that number is 4.7% of people as of 2016.
be 24.5% less likely to be unemployed
In Ireland, 5.0% of adults are unemployed as of 2019. In South Korea, that number is 3.8% as of 2019.
pay a 20.8% lower top tax rate
Ireland has a top tax rate of 48.0% as of 2016. In South Korea, the top tax rate is 38.0% as of 2016.
make 52.8% less money
Ireland has a GDP per capita of $89,700 as of 2020, while in South Korea, the GDP per capita is $42,300 as of 2020.
be 17.3% less likely to die during infancy
In Ireland, approximately 3.5 children (per 1,000 live births) die before they reach the age of one as of 2022. In South Korea, on the other hand, 2.9 children do as of 2022.
be 2.2 times more likely to die during childbirth
In Ireland, approximately 5.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In South Korea, 11.0 women do as of 2017.
have 43.8% fewer children
In Ireland, there are approximately 12.3 babies per 1,000 people as of 2022. In South Korea, there are 6.9 babies per 1,000 people as of 2022.
spend 32.4% more on education
Ireland spends 3.4% of its total GDP on education as of 2018. South Korea spends 4.5% of total GDP on education as of 2018.
spend 22.4% more on healthcare
Ireland spends 6.7% of its total GDP on healthcare as of 2019. In South Korea, that number is 8.2% of GDP as of 2019.
see 66.6% more coastline
Ireland has a total of 1,448 km of coastline. In South Korea, that number is 2,413 km.
The statistics above were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, The Office of the Revenue Commissioners, National Tax Service, South Korea.
South Korea: At a glance
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