Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 5.4 years less


In New Zealand, the average life expectancy is 82 years (80 years for men, 84 years for women) as of 2020. In Libya, that number is 77 years (74 years for men, 79 years for women) as of 2020.

Economy

pay a 69.7% lower top tax rate


New Zealand has a top tax rate of 33.0% as of 2016. In Libya, the top tax rate is 10.0% as of 2016.

make 75.4% less money


New Zealand has a GDP per capita of $39,000 as of 2017, while in Libya, the GDP per capita is $9,600 as of 2017.

be 6.4 times more likely to be unemployed


In New Zealand, 4.7% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Libya, that number is 30.0% as of 2004.

Life

have 79.7% more children


In New Zealand, there are approximately 12.8 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Libya, there are 23.0 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

be 8.0 times more likely to die during childbirth


In New Zealand, approximately 9.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Libya, 72.0 women do as of 2017.

be 3.3 times more likely to die during infancy


In New Zealand, approximately 3.5 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Libya, on the other hand, 11.5 children do as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 76.0% less likely to have internet access


In New Zealand, approximately 90.8% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Libya, about 21.8% do as of 2018.

Geography

see 88.3% less coastline


New Zealand has a total of 15,134 km of coastline. In Libya, that number is 1,770 km.

Libya: At a glance

Libya is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 1,759,540 sq km. The Italians supplanted the Ottoman Turks in the area around Tripoli in 1911 and did not relinquish their hold until 1943 when defeated in World War II. Libya then passed to UN administration and achieved independence in 1951. Following a 1969 military coup, Col. Muammar al-QADHAFI assumed leadership and began to espouse his political system at home, which was a combination of socialism and Islam. During the 1970s, QADHAFI used oil revenues to promote his ideology outside Libya, supporting subversive and terrorist activities that included the downing of two airliners - one over Scotland, another in Northern Africa - and a discotheque bombing in Berlin. UN sanctions in 1992 isolated QADHAFI politically and economically following the attacks; sanctions were lifted in 2003 following Libyan acceptance of responsibility for the bombings and agreement to claimant compensation. QADHAFI also agreed to end Libya's program to develop weapons of mass destruction, and he made significant strides in normalizing relations with Western nations. Unrest that began in several Middle Eastern and North African countries in late 2010 erupted in Libyan cities in early 2011. QADHAFI's brutal crackdown on protesters spawned a civil war that triggered UN authorization of air and naval intervention by the international community. After months of seesaw fighting between government and opposition forces, the QADHAFI regime was toppled in mid-2011 and replaced by a transitional government. Libya in 2012 formed a new parliament and elected a new prime minister.

How big is Libya 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, Ministry of Finance, New Zealand Inland Revenue Department.

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