Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in South Africa instead of Liechtenstein, you would:

Health

live 18.1 years less


In Liechtenstein, the average life expectancy is 82 years (80 years for men, 85 years for women). In South Africa, that number is 64 years (62 years for men, 65 years for women).

Economy

make 90.3% less money


Liechtenstein has a GDP per capita of $139,100, while in South Africa, the GDP per capita is $13,500.

be 11.5 times more likely to be unemployed


In Liechtenstein, 2.4% of adults are unemployed. In South Africa, that number is 27.6%.

spend 87.5% more on taxes


Liechtenstein has a top tax rate of 24.0%. In South Africa, the top tax rate is 45.0%.

Life

have 94.2% more children


In Liechtenstein, there are approximately 10.4 babies per 1,000 people. In South Africa, there are 20.2 babies per 1,000 people.

be 7.4 times more likely to die during infancy


In Liechtenstein, approximately 4.2 children die before they reach the age of one. In South Africa, on the other hand, 31.0 children do.

Basic Needs

be 15.0% less likely to have access to electricity


In Liechtenstein, 100% of the population has electricity access. In South Africa, 85% of the population do.

be 45.0% less likely to have internet access


In Liechtenstein, approximately 98.1% of the population has internet access. In South Africa, about 54.0% do.

Expenditures

spend 2.3 times more on education


Liechtenstein spends 2.6% of its total GDP on education. South Africa spends 5.9% of total GDP on education.

South Africa: At a glance

South Africa (sometimes abbreviated RSA) is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 1,214,470 sq km. Dutch traders landed at the southern tip of modern day South Africa in 1652 and established a stopover point on the spice route between the Netherlands and the Far East, founding the city of Cape Town. After the British seized the Cape of Good Hope area in 1806, many of the Dutch settlers (the Boers) trekked north to found their own republics. The discovery of diamonds (1867) and gold (1886) spurred wealth and immigration and intensified the subjugation of the native inhabitants. The Boers resisted British encroachments but were defeated in the Second Anglo Boer War (1899-1902); however, the British and the Afrikaners, as the Boers became known, ruled together beginning in 1910 under the Union of South Africa, which became a republic in 1961 after a whites-only referendum. In 1948, the National Party was voted into power and instituted a policy of apartheid - the separate development of the races - which favored the white minority at the expense of the black majority. The African National Congress (ANC) led the opposition to apartheid and many top ANC leaders, such as Nelson MANDELA, spent decades in South Africa's prisons. Internal protests and insurgency, as well as boycotts by some Western nations and institutions, led to the regime's eventual willingness to negotiate a peaceful transition to majority rule. The first multi-racial elections in 1994 brought an end to apartheid and ushered in majority rule under an ANC-led government. South Africa since then has struggled to address apartheid-era imbalances in decent housing, education, and health care. ANC infighting, which has grown in recent years, came to a head in September 2008 when President Thabo MBEKI resigned, and Kgalema MOTLANTHE, the party's General-Secretary, succeeded him as interim president. Jacob ZUMA became president after the ANC won general elections in April 2009. National presidential and parliamentary elections are scheduled for May 2014.

How big is South Africa compared to Liechtenstein? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Ministry of Finance, South African Revenue Service.

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