Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 2.3 years less


In Japan, the average life expectancy is 85 years (82 years for men, 89 years for women). In Hong Kong, that number is 83 years (80 years for men, 86 years for women).

Economy

make 43.5% more money


Japan has a GDP per capita of $42,800, while in Hong Kong, the GDP per capita is $61,400.

spend 73.2% less on taxes


Japan has a top tax rate of 56.0%. In Hong Kong, the top tax rate is 15.0%.

be 23.6% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In Japan, 16.1% live below the poverty line. In Hong Kong, however, that number is 19.9%.

Life

have 15.6% more children


In Japan, there are approximately 7.7 babies per 1,000 people. In Hong Kong, there are 8.9 babies per 1,000 people.

be 35.0% more likely to die during infancy


In Japan, approximately 2.0 children die before they reach the age of one. In Hong Kong, on the other hand, 2.7 children do.

Geography

see 97.5% less coastline


Japan has a total of 29,751 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 Japan? See an in-depth size comparison.


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

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