Quality of Life Comparison


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


make 61.2% more money

Italy has a GDP per capita of $38,100, while in Hong Kong, the GDP per capita is $61,400.

be 72.1% less likely to be unemployed

In Italy, 11.1% of adults are unemployed. In Hong Kong, that number is 3.1%.

be 33.4% less likely to be live below the poverty line

In Italy, 29.9% live below the poverty line. In Hong Kong, however, that number is 19.9%.

spend 69.3% less on taxes

Italy has a top tax rate of 48.8%. In Hong Kong, the top tax rate is 15.0%.


be 18.2% less likely to die during infancy

In Italy, approximately 3.3 children die before they reach the age of one. In Hong Kong, on the other hand, 2.7 children do.

Basic Needs

be 38.7% more likely to have internet access

In Italy, approximately 61.3% of the population has internet access. In Hong Kong, about 85.0% do.


spend 19.5% less on education

Italy spends 4.1% of its total GDP on education. Hong Kong spends 3.3% of total GDP on education.


see 90.4% less coastline

Italy has a total of 7,600 km of coastline. In Hong Kong, that number is 733 km.

Hong Kong: At a glance

Hong Kong (sometimes abbreviated HK) is a sovereign country in East/Southeast Asia, with a total land area of approximately 1,073 sq km. Occupied by the UK in 1841, Hong Kong was formally ceded by China the following year; various adjacent lands were added later in the 19th century. Pursuant to an agreement signed by China and the UK on 19 December 1984, Hong Kong became the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) of the People's Republic of China on 1 July 1997. In this agreement, China promised that, under its "one country, two systems" formula, China's socialist economic system would not be imposed on Hong Kong and that Hong Kong would enjoy a "high degree of autonomy" in all matters except foreign and defense affairs for the subsequent 50 years.

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

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


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