Quality of Life Comparison


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


live 7.5 years less

In Japan, the average life expectancy is 85 years (82 years for men, 89 years for women). In Lebanon, that number is 78 years (76 years for men, 79 years for women).

be 7.4 times more likely to be obese

In Japan, 4.3% of adults are obese. In Lebanon, that number is 32.0% of people.


spend 64.3% less on taxes

Japan has a top tax rate of 56.0%. In Lebanon, the top tax rate is 20.0%.

make 54.7% less money

Japan has a GDP per capita of $42,800, while in Lebanon, the GDP per capita is $19,400.

be 77.6% more likely to be live below the poverty line

In Japan, 16.1% live below the poverty line. In Lebanon, however, that number is 28.6%.


have 85.7% more children

In Japan, there are approximately 7.7 babies per 1,000 people. In Lebanon, there are 14.3 babies per 1,000 people.

be 3.0 times more likely to die during childbirth

In Japan, approximately 5.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Lebanon, 15.0 women do.

be 3.7 times more likely to die during infancy

In Japan, approximately 2.0 children die before they reach the age of one. In Lebanon, on the other hand, 7.4 children do.

Basic Needs

be 17.3% less likely to have internet access

In Japan, approximately 92.0% of the population has internet access. In Lebanon, about 76.1% do.


spend 30.6% less on education

Japan spends 3.6% of its total GDP on education. Lebanon spends 2.5% of total GDP on education.

spend 37.3% less on healthcare

Japan spends 10.2% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Lebanon, that number is 6.4% of GDP.


see 99.2% less coastline

Japan has a total of 29,751 km of coastline. In Lebanon, that number is 225 km.

Lebanon: At a glance

Lebanon is a sovereign country in Middle East, with a total land area of approximately 10,230 sq km. Following World War I, France acquired a mandate over the northern portion of the former Ottoman Empire province of Syria. The French demarcated the region of Lebanon in 1920 and granted this area independence in 1943. Since independence the country has been marked by periods of political turmoil interspersed with prosperity built on its position as a regional center for finance and trade. The country's 1975-90 civil war that resulted in an estimated 120,000 fatalities, was followed by years of social and political instability. Sectarianism is a key element of Lebanese political life. Neighboring Syria has long influenced Lebanon's foreign policy and internal policies, and its military occupied Lebanon from 1976 until 2005. The Lebanon-based Hizballah militia and Israel continued attacks and counterattacks against each other after Syria's withdrawal, and fought a brief war in 2006. Lebanon's borders with Syria and Israel remain unresolved.

How big is Lebanon 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, Lebanon, National Tax Agency Japan.


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