Quality of life comparison
If you lived in China instead of Lesotho, you would:
live 16.5 years longer
In Lesotho, the average life expectancy is 60 years (58 years for men, 62 years for women) as of 2022. In China, that number is 76 years (74 years for men, 81 years for women) as of 2020.
be 62.7% less likely to be obese
In Lesotho, 16.6% of adults are obese as of 2016. In China, that number is 6.2% of people as of 2016.
make 7.1 times more money
Lesotho has a GDP per capita of $2,300 as of 2020, while in China, the GDP per capita is $16,400 as of 2020.
be 87.0% less likely to be unemployed
In Lesotho, 28.1% of adults are unemployed as of 2014. In China, that number is 3.6% as of 2019.
be 98.8% less likely to live below the poverty line
In Lesotho, 49.7% live below the poverty line as of 2017. In China, however, that number is 0.6% as of 2019.
pay a 50.0% higher top tax rate
Lesotho has a top tax rate of 30.0% as of 2016. In China, the top tax rate is 45.0% as of 2016.
be 94.7% less likely to die during childbirth
In Lesotho, approximately 544.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In China, 29.0 women do as of 2017.
be 21.9% more likely to be literate
In Lesotho, the literacy rate is 79.4% as of 2015. In China, it is 96.8% as of 2018.
be 86.0% less likely to die during infancy
In Lesotho, approximately 48.4 children (per 1,000 live births) die before they reach the age of one as of 2022. In China, on the other hand, 6.8 children do as of 2022.
have 57.1% fewer children
In Lesotho, there are approximately 23.1 babies per 1,000 people as of 2022. In China, there are 9.9 babies per 1,000 people as of 2022.
be 2.8 times more likely to have access to electricity
In Lesotho, approximately 36% of the population has electricity access as of 2019. In China, 100% of the population do as of 2020.
be 62.8% more likely to have internet access
In Lesotho, approximately 43.0% of the population has internet access as of 2020. In China, about 70.0% do as of 2020.
be 15.1% more likely to have access to improved drinking water
In Lesotho, approximately 83% of people have improved drinking water access (96% in urban areas, and 77% in rural areas) as of 2020. In China, that number is 95% of people on average (97% in urban areas, and 92% in rural areas) as of 2020.
spend 52.7% less on education
Lesotho spends 7.4% of its total GDP on education as of 2020. China spends 3.5% of total GDP on education as of 2018.
spend 52.2% less on healthcare
Lesotho spends 11.3% of its total GDP on healthcare as of 2019. In China, that number is 5.4% of GDP as of 2019.
The statistics above were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Ministry of Finance, State Administration of Taxation.
China: At a glance
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