Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 99.0% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In South Africa, 20.4% of people are living with AIDS/HIV as of 2018. In Greece, that number is 0.2% of people as of 2017.

live 16.3 years longer


In South Africa, the average life expectancy is 65 years (63 years for men, 66 years for women) as of 2020. In Greece, that number is 81 years (78 years for men, 84 years for women) as of 2020.

be 12.0% less likely to be obese


In South Africa, 28.3% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Greece, that number is 24.9% of people as of 2016.

Economy

make 2.0 times more money


South Africa has a GDP per capita of $13,600 as of 2017, while in Greece, the GDP per capita is $27,800 as of 2017.

be 21.8% less likely to be unemployed


In South Africa, 27.5% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Greece, that number is 21.5% as of 2017.

be 2.2 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In South Africa, 16.6% live below the poverty line as of 2016. In Greece, however, that number is 36.0% as of 2014.

Life

be 97.5% less likely to die during childbirth


In South Africa, approximately 119.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Greece, 3.0 women do as of 2017.

be 12.3% more likely to be literate


In South Africa, the literacy rate is 87.0% as of 2017. In Greece, it is 97.7% as of 2015.

be 86.7% 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 Greece, on the other hand, 3.7 children do as of 2020.

have 59.4% fewer children


In South Africa, there are approximately 19.2 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Greece, there are 7.8 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 Greece, 100% of the population do as of 2016.

be 29.9% more likely to have internet access


In South Africa, approximately 56.2% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Greece, about 73.0% do as of 2018.

Geography

see 4.9 times more coastline


South Africa has a total of 2,798 km of coastline. In Greece, that number is 13,676 km.

Greece: At a glance

Greece is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 130,647 sq km. Greece achieved independence from the Ottoman Empire in 1830. During the second half of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century, it gradually added neighboring islands and territories, most with Greek-speaking populations. In World War II, Greece was first invaded by Italy (1940) and subsequently occupied by Germany (1941-44); fighting endured in a protracted civil war between supporters of the king and other anti-communist and communist rebels. Following the latter's defeat in 1949, Greece joined NATO in 1952. In 1967, a group of military officers seized power, establishing a military dictatorship that suspended many political liberties and forced the king to flee the country. In 1974, democratic elections and a referendum created a parliamentary republic and abolished the monarchy. In 1981, Greece joined the EC (now the EU); it became the 12th member of the European Economic and Monetary Union in 2001. In 2010, the prospect of a Greek default on its euro-denominated debt created severe strains within the EMU and raised the question of whether a member country might voluntarily leave the common currency or be removed.

How big is Greece 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.

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