Quality of Life Comparison

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If you lived in Australia instead of North Korea, you would:

Health

live 11.6 years longer


In North Korea, the average life expectancy is 71 years (67 years for men, 75 years for women). In Australia, that number is 82 years (80 years for men, 85 years for women).

be 4.3 times more likely to be obese


In North Korea, 6.8% of adults are obese. In Australia, that number is 29.0% of people.

Economy

make 29.6 times more money


North Korea has a GDP per capita of $1,700, while in Australia, the GDP per capita is $50,300.

be 78.1% less likely to be unemployed


In North Korea, 25.6% of adults are unemployed. In Australia, that number is 5.6%.

Life

be 92.7% less likely to die during childbirth


In North Korea, approximately 82.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Australia, 6.0 women do.

be 80.5% less likely to die during infancy


In North Korea, approximately 22.1 children die before they reach the age of one. In Australia, on the other hand, 4.3 children do.

have 17.1% fewer children


In North Korea, there are approximately 14.6 babies per 1,000 people. In Australia, there are 12.1 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 3.3 times more likely to have access to electricity


In North Korea, 30% of the population has electricity access. In Australia, 100% of the population do.

Geography

see 10.3 times more coastline


North Korea has a total of 2,495 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 North Korea? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook.

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