Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in United Kingdom instead of Singapore, you would:

Health

live 4.9 years less


In Singapore, the average life expectancy is 86 years (83 years for men, 89 years for women) as of 2020. In United Kingdom, that number is 81 years (79 years for men, 84 years for women) as of 2020.

be 4.6 times more likely to be obese


In Singapore, 6.1% of adults are obese as of 2016. In United Kingdom, that number is 27.8% of people as of 2016.

Economy

make 52.9% less money


Singapore has a GDP per capita of $94,100 as of 2017, while in United Kingdom, the GDP per capita is $44,300 as of 2017.

be 100.0% more likely to be unemployed


In Singapore, 2.2% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In United Kingdom, that number is 4.4% as of 2017.

pay a 2.0 times higher top tax rate


Singapore has a top tax rate of 22.0% as of 2016. In United Kingdom, the top tax rate is 45.0% as of 2016.

Life

have 33.7% more children


In Singapore, there are approximately 8.9 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In United Kingdom, there are 11.9 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

be 78.3% more likely to die during infancy


In Singapore, approximately 2.3 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In United Kingdom, on the other hand, 4.1 children do as of 2020.

Expenditures

spend 89.7% more on education


Singapore spends 2.9% of its total GDP on education as of 2013. United Kingdom spends 5.5% of total GDP on education as of 2016.

Geography

see 64.4 times more coastline


Singapore has a total of 193 km of coastline. In United Kingdom, that number is 12,429 km.

United Kingdom: At a glance

United Kingdom (sometimes abbreviated UK) is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 241,930 sq km. The United Kingdom has historically played a leading role in developing parliamentary democracy and in advancing literature and science. At its zenith in the 19th century, the British Empire stretched over one-fourth of the earth's surface. The first half of the 20th century saw the UK's strength seriously depleted in two world wars and the Irish Republic's withdrawal from the union. The second half witnessed the dismantling of the Empire and the UK rebuilding itself into a modern and prosperous European nation. As one of five permanent members of the UN Security Council and a founding member of NATO and the Commonwealth, the UK pursues a global approach to foreign policy. The UK is also an active member of the EU, although it chose to remain outside the Economic and Monetary Union. The Scottish Parliament, the National Assembly for Wales, and the Northern Ireland Assembly were established in 1999. The latter was suspended until May 2007 due to wrangling over the peace process, but devolution was fully completed in March 2010.

How big is United Kingdom compared to Singapore? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore, HM Revenue & Customs.

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