Quality of Life Comparison


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


live 3.9 years longer

In New Zealand, the average life expectancy is 81 years (79 years for men, 84 years for women). In Singapore, that number is 85 years (83 years for men, 88 years for women).

be 80.2% less likely to be obese

In New Zealand, 30.8% of adults are obese. In Singapore, that number is 6.1% of people.


make 2.4 times more money

New Zealand has a GDP per capita of $38,900, while in Singapore, the GDP per capita is $93,900.

be 55.1% less likely to be unemployed

In New Zealand, 4.9% of adults are unemployed. In Singapore, that number is 2.2%.

spend 33.3% less on taxes

New Zealand has a top tax rate of 33.0%. In Singapore, the top tax rate is 22.0%.


be 45.5% less likely to die during infancy

In New Zealand, approximately 4.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Singapore, on the other hand, 2.4 children do.

have 34.8% fewer children

In New Zealand, there are approximately 13.2 babies per 1,000 people. In Singapore, there are 8.6 babies per 1,000 people.


spend 54.0% less on education

New Zealand spends 6.3% of its total GDP on education. Singapore spends 2.9% of total GDP on education.

spend 55.5% less on healthcare

New Zealand spends 11.0% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Singapore, that number is 4.9% of GDP.


see 98.7% less coastline

New Zealand has a total of 15,134 km of coastline. In Singapore, that number is 193 km.

Singapore: At a glance

Singapore is a sovereign country in East/Southeast Asia, with a total land area of approximately 709 sq km. Singapore was founded as a British trading colony in 1819. It joined the Malaysian Federation in 1963 but separated two years later and became independent. Singapore subsequently became one of the world's most prosperous countries with strong international trading links (its port is one of the world's busiest in terms of tonnage handled) and with per capita GDP equal to that of the leading nations of Western Europe.

How big is Singapore 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, Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore.


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