Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in India instead of Japan, you would:

Health

live 16.5 years less


In Japan, the average life expectancy is 85 years (82 years for men, 89 years for women). In India, that number is 69 years (68 years for men, 70 years for women).

Economy

spend 36.5% less on taxes


Japan has a top tax rate of 56.0%. In India, the top tax rate is 35.5%.

make 83.2% less money


Japan has a GDP per capita of $42,800, while in India, the GDP per capita is $7,200.

be 3.0 times more likely to be unemployed


In Japan, 2.9% of adults are unemployed. In India, that number is 8.8%.

be 36.0% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In Japan, 16.1% live below the poverty line. In India, however, that number is 21.9%.

Life

have 2.5 times more children


In Japan, there are approximately 7.7 babies per 1,000 people. In India, there are 19.0 babies per 1,000 people.

be 34.8 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Japan, approximately 5.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In India, 174.0 women do.

be 19.6 times more likely to die during infancy


In Japan, approximately 2.0 children die before they reach the age of one. In India, on the other hand, 39.1 children do.

Basic Needs

be 21.0% less likely to have access to electricity


In Japan, 100% of the population has electricity access. In India, 79% of the population do.

be 67.9% less likely to have internet access


In Japan, approximately 92.0% of the population has internet access. In India, about 29.5% do.

Expenditures

spend 53.9% less on healthcare


Japan spends 10.2% of its total GDP on healthcare. In India, that number is 4.7% of GDP.

Geography

see 76.5% less coastline


Japan has a total of 29,751 km of coastline. In India, that number is 7,000 km.

India: At a glance

India is a sovereign country in South Asia, with a total land area of approximately 2,973,193 sq km. The Indus Valley civilization, one of the world's oldest, flourished during the 3rd and 2nd millennia B.C. and extended into northwestern India. Aryan tribes from the northwest infiltrated the Indian subcontinent about 1500 B.C.; their merger with the earlier Dravidian inhabitants created the classical Indian culture. The Maurya Empire of the 4th and 3rd centuries B.C. - which reached its zenith under ASHOKA - united much of South Asia. The Golden Age ushered in by the Gupta dynasty (4th to 6th centuries A.D.) saw a flowering of Indian science, art, and culture. Islam spread across the subcontinent over a period of 700 years. In the 10th and 11th centuries, Turks and Afghans invaded India and established the Delhi Sultanate. In the early 16th century, the Emperor BABUR established the Mughal Dynasty which ruled India for more than three centuries. European explorers began establishing footholds in India during the 16th century. By the 19th century, Great Britain had become the dominant political power on the subcontinent. The British Indian Army played a vital role in both World Wars. Years of nonviolent resistance to British rule, led by Mohandas GANDHI and Jawaharlal NEHRU, eventually resulted in Indian independence, which was granted in 1947. Large-scale communal violence took place before and after the subcontinent partition into two separate states - India and Pakistan. The neighboring nations have fought three wars since independence, the last of which was in 1971 and resulted in East Pakistan becoming the separate nation of Bangladesh. India's nuclear weapons tests in 1998 emboldened Pakistan to conduct its own tests that same year. In November 2008, terrorists originating from Pakistan conducted a series of coordinated attacks in Mumbai, India's financial capital. Despite pressing problems such as significant overpopulation, environmental degradation, extensive poverty, and widespread corruption, economic growth following the launch of economic reforms in 1991 and a massive youthful population are driving India's emergence as a regional and global power.

How big is India compared to Japan? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Ministry of Finance, Government of India, National Tax Agency Japan.

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