Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Hong Kong instead of South Africa, you would:

Health

live 19.2 years longer


In South Africa, the average life expectancy is 64 years (62 years for men, 65 years for women). In Hong Kong, that number is 83 years (80 years for men, 86 years for women).

Economy

make 4.5 times more money


South Africa has a GDP per capita of $13,500, while in Hong Kong, the GDP per capita is $61,400.

be 88.8% less likely to be unemployed


In South Africa, 27.6% of adults are unemployed. In Hong Kong, that number is 3.1%.

spend 66.7% less on taxes


South Africa has a top tax rate of 45.0%. In Hong Kong, the top tax rate is 15.0%.

be 19.9% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In South Africa, 16.6% live below the poverty line. In Hong Kong, however, that number is 19.9%.

Life

be 91.3% less likely to die during infancy


In South Africa, approximately 31.0 children die before they reach the age of one. In Hong Kong, on the other hand, 2.7 children do.

have 55.9% fewer children


In South Africa, there are approximately 20.2 babies per 1,000 people. In Hong Kong, there are 8.9 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 17.6% more likely to have access to electricity


In South Africa, 85% of the population has electricity access. In Hong Kong, 100% of the population do.

be 57.4% more likely to have internet access


In South Africa, approximately 54.0% of the population has internet access. In Hong Kong, about 85.0% do.

Expenditures

spend 44.1% less on education


South Africa spends 5.9% of its total GDP on education. Hong Kong spends 3.3% of total GDP on education.

Geography

see 73.8% less coastline


South Africa has a total of 2,798 km of coastline. In Hong Kong, that number is 733 km.

Hong Kong: At a glance

Hong Kong (sometimes abbreviated HK) is a sovereign country in East/Southeast Asia, with a total land area of approximately 1,073 sq km. Occupied by the UK in 1841, Hong Kong was formally ceded by China the following year; various adjacent lands were added later in the 19th century. Pursuant to an agreement signed by China and the UK on 19 December 1984, Hong Kong became the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) of the People's Republic of China on 1 July 1997. In this agreement, China promised that, under its "one country, two systems" formula, China's socialist economic system would not be imposed on Hong Kong and that Hong Kong would enjoy a "high degree of autonomy" in all matters except foreign and defense affairs for the subsequent 50 years.

How big is Hong Kong 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, South African Revenue Service, Inland Revenue Department, Hong Kong.

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