Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in New Zealand instead of Lesotho, you would:

Health

be 99.6% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Lesotho, 23.8% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In New Zealand, that number is 0.1% of people.

live 28.3 years longer


In Lesotho, the average life expectancy is 53 years (53 years for men, 53 years for women). In New Zealand, that number is 81 years (79 years for men, 84 years for women).

be 85.5% more likely to be obese


In Lesotho, 16.6% of adults are obese. In New Zealand, that number is 30.8% of people.

Economy

make 10.8 times more money


Lesotho has a GDP per capita of $3,600, while in New Zealand, the GDP per capita is $38,900.

be 82.6% less likely to be unemployed


In Lesotho, 28.1% of adults are unemployed. In New Zealand, that number is 4.9%.

spend 10.0% more on taxes


Lesotho has a top tax rate of 30.0%. In New Zealand, the top tax rate is 33.0%.

Life

be 97.7% less likely to die during childbirth


In Lesotho, approximately 487.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In New Zealand, 11.0 women do.

be 90.5% less likely to die during infancy


In Lesotho, approximately 46.1 children die before they reach the age of one. In New Zealand, on the other hand, 4.4 children do.

have 46.3% less children


In Lesotho, there are approximately 24.6 babies per 1,000 people. In New Zealand, there are 13.2 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 New Zealand, 100% of the population do.

be 3.2 times more likely to have internet access


In Lesotho, approximately 27.4% of the population has internet access. In New Zealand, about 88.5% do.

be 22.2% more likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Lesotho, approximately 82% of people have improved drinking water access (95% in urban areas, and 77% in rural areas). In New Zealand, that number is 100% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 44.7% less on education


Lesotho spends 11.4% of its total GDP on education. New Zealand spends 6.3% of total GDP on education.

New Zealand: At a glance

New Zealand (sometimes abbreviated NZ) is a sovereign country in Australia-Oceania, with a total land area of approximately 264,537 sq km. The Polynesian Maori reached New Zealand in about A.D. 800. In 1840, their chieftains entered into a compact with Britain, the Treaty of Waitangi, in which they ceded sovereignty to Queen Victoria while retaining territorial rights. That same year, the British began the first organized colonial settlement. A series of land wars between 1843 and 1872 ended with the defeat of the native peoples. The British colony of New Zealand became an independent dominion in 1907 and supported the UK militarily in both world wars. New Zealand's full participation in a number of defense alliances lapsed by the 1980s. In recent years, the government has sought to address longstanding Maori grievances.

How big is New Zealand 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, New Zealand Inland Revenue Department.

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