Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 79.9% less likely to be obese


In New Zealand, 30.8% of adults are obese. In China, that number is 6.2% of people.

live 5.6 years less


In New Zealand, the average life expectancy is 81 years (79 years for men, 84 years for women). In China, that number is 76 years (74 years for men, 78 years for women).

Economy

be 20.4% less likely to be unemployed


In New Zealand, 4.9% of adults are unemployed. In China, that number is 3.9%.

make 57.1% less money


New Zealand has a GDP per capita of $38,900, while in China, the GDP per capita is $16,700.

spend 36.4% more on taxes


New Zealand has a top tax rate of 33.0%. In China, the top tax rate is 45.0%.

Life

be 2.5 times more likely to die during childbirth


In New Zealand, approximately 11.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In China, 27.0 women do.

be 2.7 times more likely to die during infancy


In New Zealand, approximately 4.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In China, on the other hand, 12.0 children do.

Basic Needs

be 39.9% less likely to have internet access


In New Zealand, approximately 88.5% of the population has internet access. In China, about 53.2% do.

Expenditures

spend 50.0% less on healthcare


New Zealand spends 11.0% of its total GDP on healthcare. In China, that number is 5.5% of GDP.

China: At a glance

China (sometimes abbreviated PRC) is a sovereign country in East/Southeast Asia, with a total land area of approximately 9,326,410 sq km. For centuries China stood as a leading civilization, outpacing the rest of the world in the arts and sciences, but in the 19th and early 20th centuries, the country was beset by civil unrest, major famines, military defeats, and foreign occupation. After World War II, the communists under MAO Zedong established an autocratic socialist system that, while ensuring China's sovereignty, imposed strict controls over everyday life and cost the lives of tens of millions of people. After 1978, MAO's successor DENG Xiaoping and other leaders focused on market-oriented economic development and by 2000 output had quadrupled. For much of the population, living standards have improved dramatically and the room for personal choice has expanded, yet political controls remain tight. Since the early 1990s, China has increased its global outreach and participation in international organizations.

How big is China compared to New Zealand? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, New Zealand Inland Revenue Department, State Administration of Taxation.

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