Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in South Korea instead of Italy, you would:

Health

be 76.4% less likely to be obese


In Italy, 19.9% of adults are obese. In South Korea, that number is 4.7% of people.

Economy

be 66.7% less likely to be unemployed


In Italy, 11.1% of adults are unemployed. In South Korea, that number is 3.7%.

be 51.8% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Italy, 29.9% live below the poverty line. In South Korea, however, that number is 14.4%.

spend 22.1% less on taxes


Italy has a top tax rate of 48.8%. In South Korea, the top tax rate is 38.0%.

Life

be 2.8 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Italy, approximately 4.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In South Korea, 11.0 women do.

Basic Needs

be 46.7% more likely to have internet access


In Italy, approximately 61.3% of the population has internet access. In South Korea, about 89.9% do.

Expenditures

spend 19.6% less on healthcare


Italy spends 9.2% of its total GDP on healthcare. In South Korea, that number is 7.4% of GDP.

spend 24.4% more on education


Italy spends 4.1% of its total GDP on education. South Korea spends 5.1% of total GDP on education.

Geography

see 68.2% less coastline


Italy has a total of 7,600 km of coastline. In South Korea, that number is 2,413 km.

South Korea: At a glance

South Korea (sometimes abbreviated ROK) is a sovereign country in East/Southeast Asia, with a total land area of approximately 96,920 sq km. An independent kingdom for much of its long history, Korea was occupied by Japan beginning in 1905 following the Russo-Japanese War. In 1910, Tokyo formally annexed the entire Peninsula. Korea regained its independence following Japan's surrender to the United States in 1945. After World War II, a democratic-based government (Republic of Korea, ROK) was set up in the southern half of the Korean Peninsula while a communist-style government was installed in the north (Democratic People's Republic of Korea, DPRK). During the Korean War (1950-53), US troops and UN forces fought alongside ROK soldiers to defend South Korea from a DPRK invasion supported by China and the Soviet Union. A 1953 armistice split the peninsula along a demilitarized zone at about the 38th parallel. PARK Chung-hee took over leadership of the country in a 1961 coup. During his regime, from 1961 to 1979, South Korea achieved rapid economic growth, with per capita income rising to roughly 17 times the level of North Korea. South Korea held its first free presidential election under a revised democratic constitution in 1987, with former ROK Army general ROH Tae-woo winning a close race. In 1993, KIM Young-sam (1993-98) became the first civilian president of South Korea's new democratic era. President KIM Dae-jung (1998-2003) won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2000 for his contributions to South Korean democracy and his "Sunshine" policy of engagement with North Korea. President PARK Geun-hye, daughter of former ROK President PARK Chung-hee, took office in February 2013 and is South Korea's first female leader. South Korea holds a non-permanent seat (2013-14) on the UN Security Council and will host the 2018 Winter Olympic Games. Serious tensions with North Korea have punctuated inter-Korean relations in recent years, including the North's attacks on a South Korean ship and island in 2010, nuclear and missile tests, and its temporary closure of the inter-Korean Kaesong Industrial Complex in 2013.

How big is South Korea 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, National Tax Service, South Korea.

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