Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Canada instead of South Africa, you would:

Health

live 18.6 years longer


In South Africa, the average life expectancy is 65 years (63 years for men, 66 years for women) as of 2020. In Canada, that number is 83 years (81 years for men, 86 years for women) as of 2020.

Economy

make 3.6 times more money


South Africa has a GDP per capita of $13,600 as of 2017, while in Canada, the GDP per capita is $48,400 as of 2017.

be 77.1% less likely to be unemployed


In South Africa, 27.5% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Canada, that number is 6.3% as of 2017.

be 43.4% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In South Africa, 16.6% live below the poverty line as of 2016. In Canada, however, that number is 9.4% as of 2008.

pay a 26.7% lower top tax rate


South Africa has a top tax rate of 45.0% as of 2017. In Canada, the top tax rate is 33.0% as of 2016.

Life

be 91.6% less likely to die during childbirth


In South Africa, approximately 119.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Canada, 10.0 women do as of 2017.

be 84.5% less likely to die during infancy


In South Africa, approximately 27.8 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Canada, on the other hand, 4.3 children do as of 2020.

have 46.9% fewer children


In South Africa, there are approximately 19.2 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Canada, there are 10.2 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 18.8% more likely to have access to electricity


In South Africa, approximately 84% of the population has electricity access as of 2017. In Canada, 100% of the population do as of 2016.

be 62.0% more likely to have internet access


In South Africa, approximately 56.2% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Canada, about 91.0% do as of 2018.

Expenditures

spend 14.5% less on education


South Africa spends 6.2% of its total GDP on education as of 2018. Canada spends 5.3% of total GDP on education as of 2011.

Geography

see 72.2 times more coastline


South Africa has a total of 2,798 km of coastline. In Canada, that number is 202,080 km.

Canada: At a glance

Canada is a sovereign country in North America, with a total land area of approximately 9,093,507 sq km. A land of vast distances and rich natural resources, Canada became a self-governing dominion in 1867 while retaining ties to the British crown. Economically and technologically, the nation has developed in parallel with the US, its neighbor to the south across the world's longest unfortified border. Canada faces the political challenges of meeting public demands for quality improvements in health care, education, social services, and economic competitiveness, as well as responding to the particular concerns of predominantly francophone Quebec. Canada also aims to develop its diverse energy resources while maintaining its commitment to the environment.

How big is Canada compared to South Africa? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Canada Revenue Agency, South African Revenue Service.

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