Quality of Life Comparison

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If you lived in China instead of Panama, you would:

Health

be 72.7% less likely to be obese


In Panama, 22.7% of adults are obese. In China, that number is 6.2% of people.

live 3.1 years less


In Panama, the average life expectancy is 79 years (76 years for men, 82 years for women). In China, that number is 76 years (74 years for men, 78 years for women).

Economy

be 29.1% less likely to be unemployed


In Panama, 5.5% of adults are unemployed. In China, that number is 3.9%.

be 85.7% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Panama, 23.0% live below the poverty line. In China, however, that number is 3.3%.

make 34.3% less money


Panama has a GDP per capita of $25,400, while in China, the GDP per capita is $16,700.

spend 80.0% more on taxes


Panama has a top tax rate of 25.0%. In China, the top tax rate is 45.0%.

Life

be 71.3% less likely to die during childbirth


In Panama, approximately 94.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In China, 27.0 women do.

be 21.2% more likely to die during infancy


In Panama, approximately 9.9 children die before they reach the age of one. In China, on the other hand, 12.0 children do.

have 31.3% less children


In Panama, there are approximately 17.9 babies per 1,000 people. In China, there are 12.3 babies per 1,000 people.

Expenditures

spend 31.2% less on healthcare


Panama spends 8.0% of its total GDP on healthcare. In China, that number is 5.5% of GDP.

Geography

see 5.8 times more coastline


Panama has a total of 2,490 km of coastline. In China, that number is 14,500 km.

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 Panama? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, General Directorate of Revenues, Panama, State Administration of Taxation.

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