Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 30.0 years longer


In Lesotho, the average life expectancy is 53 years (53 years for men, 53 years for women). In Hong Kong, that number is 83 years (80 years for men, 86 years for women).

Economy

make 17.1 times more money


Lesotho has a GDP per capita of $3,600, while in Hong Kong, the GDP per capita is $61,400.

be 89.0% less likely to be unemployed


In Lesotho, 28.1% of adults are unemployed. In Hong Kong, that number is 3.1%.

be 65.1% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Lesotho, 57.0% live below the poverty line. In Hong Kong, however, that number is 19.9%.

spend 50.0% less on taxes


Lesotho has a top tax rate of 30.0%. In Hong Kong, the top tax rate is 15.0%.

Life

be 94.1% less likely to die during infancy


In Lesotho, approximately 46.1 children die before they reach the age of one. In Hong Kong, on the other hand, 2.7 children do.

have 63.8% fewer children


In Lesotho, there are approximately 24.6 babies per 1,000 people. In Hong Kong, there are 8.9 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 5.9 times more likely to have access to electricity


In Lesotho, 17% of the population has electricity access. In Hong Kong, 100% of the population do.

be 3.1 times more likely to have internet access


In Lesotho, approximately 27.4% of the population has internet access. In Hong Kong, about 85.0% do.

Expenditures

spend 71.1% less on education


Lesotho spends 11.4% of its total GDP on education. Hong Kong spends 3.3% of total GDP on education.

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 Lesotho? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Ministry of Finance, Inland Revenue Department, Hong Kong.

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