Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in China instead of Saudi Arabia, you would:

Health

be 82.5% less likely to be obese


In Saudi Arabia, 35.4% of adults are obese as of 2016. In China, that number is 6.2% of people as of 2016.

Economy

be 35.0% less likely to be unemployed


In Saudi Arabia, 6.0% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In China, that number is 3.9% as of 2017.

make 66.6% less money


Saudi Arabia has a GDP per capita of $54,500 as of 2017, while in China, the GDP per capita is $18,200 as of 2018.

Life

be 70.6% more likely to die during childbirth


In Saudi Arabia, approximately 17.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In China, 29.0 women do as of 2017.

have 21.1% fewer children


In Saudi Arabia, there are approximately 14.7 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In China, there are 11.6 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 41.8% less likely to have internet access


In Saudi Arabia, approximately 93.3% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In China, about 54.3% do as of 2018.

Geography

see 5.5 times more coastline


Saudi Arabia has a total of 2,640 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 Saudi Arabia? 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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