Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Australia instead of Namibia, you would:

Health

be 99.2% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Namibia, 11.8% of people are living with AIDS/HIV as of 2018. In Australia, that number is 0.1% of people as of 2018.

live 17.4 years longer


In Namibia, the average life expectancy is 65 years (63 years for men, 67 years for women) as of 2020. In Australia, that number is 83 years (80 years for men, 85 years for women) as of 2020.

be 68.6% more likely to be obese


In Namibia, 17.2% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Australia, that number is 29.0% of people as of 2016.

Economy

make 4.5 times more money


Namibia has a GDP per capita of $11,200 as of 2017, while in Australia, the GDP per capita is $50,400 as of 2017.

be 83.5% less likely to be unemployed


In Namibia, 34.0% of adults are unemployed as of 2016. In Australia, that number is 5.6% as of 2017.

pay a 21.6% higher top tax rate


Namibia has a top tax rate of 37.0% as of 2016. In Australia, the top tax rate is 45.0% as of 2016.

Life

be 96.9% less likely to die during childbirth


In Namibia, approximately 195.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Australia, 6.0 women do as of 2017.

be 90.1% less likely to die during infancy


In Namibia, approximately 31.4 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Australia, on the other hand, 3.1 children do as of 2020.

have 51.8% fewer children


In Namibia, there are approximately 25.7 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Australia, there are 12.4 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 93.1% more likely to have access to electricity


In Namibia, approximately 52% of the population has electricity access as of 2017. In Australia, 100% of the population do as of 2016.

be 69.7% more likely to have internet access


In Namibia, approximately 51.0% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Australia, about 86.5% do as of 2018.

be 11.5% more likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Namibia, approximately 90% of people have improved drinking water access (99% in urban areas, and 81% in rural areas) as of 2017. In Australia, that number is 100% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas) as of 2017.

Expenditures

spend 71.0% more on education


Namibia spends 3.1% of its total GDP on education as of 2014. Australia spends 5.3% of total GDP on education as of 2016.

Geography

see 16.4 times more coastline


Namibia has a total of 1,572 km of coastline. In Australia, that number is 25,760 km.

Australia: At a glance

Australia is a sovereign country in Australia-Oceania, with a total land area of approximately 7,682,300 sq km. Prehistoric settlers arrived on the continent from Southeast Asia at least 40,000 years before the first Europeans began exploration in the 17th century. No formal territorial claims were made until 1770, when Capt. James COOK took possession of the east coast in the name of Great Britain (all of Australia was claimed as British territory in 1829 with the creation of the colony of Western Australia). Six colonies were created in the late 18th and 19th centuries; they federated and became the Commonwealth of Australia in 1901. The new country took advantage of its natural resources to rapidly develop agricultural and manufacturing industries and to make a major contribution to the Allied effort in World Wars I and II. In recent decades, Australia has become an internationally competitive, advanced market economy due in large part to economic reforms adopted in the 1980s and its location in one of the fastest growing regions of the world economy. Long-term concerns include aging of the population, pressure on infrastructure, and environmental issues such as floods, droughts, and bushfires. Australia is the driest inhabited continent on earth, making it particularly vulnerable to the challenges of climate change. Australia is home to 10 per cent of the world's biodiversity, and a great number of its flora and fauna exist nowhere else in the world. In January 2013, Australia assumed a nonpermanent seat on the UN Security Council for the 2013-14 term.

How big is Australia compared to Namibia? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Australian Taxation Office, Inland Revenue Department.

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