Quality of Life Comparison


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


live 8.3 years longer

In Latvia, the average life expectancy is 75 years (70 years for men, 80 years for women). In Hong Kong, that number is 83 years (80 years for men, 86 years for women).


make 2.2 times more money

Latvia has a GDP per capita of $27,600, while in Hong Kong, the GDP per capita is $61,400.

be 65.6% less likely to be unemployed

In Latvia, 9.0% of adults are unemployed. In Hong Kong, that number is 3.1%.

be 22.0% less likely to be live below the poverty line

In Latvia, 25.5% live below the poverty line. In Hong Kong, however, that number is 19.9%.

spend 34.8% less on taxes

Latvia has a top tax rate of 23.0%. In Hong Kong, the top tax rate is 15.0%.


be 48.1% less likely to die during infancy

In Latvia, approximately 5.2 children die before they reach the age of one. In Hong Kong, on the other hand, 2.7 children do.


spend 37.7% less on education

Latvia spends 5.3% of its total GDP on education. Hong Kong spends 3.3% of total GDP on education.


see 47.2% more coastline

Latvia has a total of 498 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 Latvia? See an in-depth size comparison.

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


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