Quality of life comparison
If you lived in Hong Kong instead of South Africa, you would:
live 18.3 years longer
In South Africa, the average life expectancy is 65 years (64 years for men, 67 years for women) as of 2022. In Hong Kong, that number is 84 years (81 years for men, 86 years for women) as of 2022.
make 4.9 times more money
South Africa has a GDP per capita of $11,500 as of 2020, while in Hong Kong, the GDP per capita is $56,200 as of 2020.
be 89.7% less likely to be unemployed
In South Africa, 28.5% of adults are unemployed as of 2019. In Hong Kong, that number is 2.9% as of 2019.
pay a 66.7% lower top tax rate
South Africa has a top tax rate of 45.0% as of 2017. In Hong Kong, the top tax rate is 15.0% as of 2016.
be 19.9% more likely to live below the poverty line
In South Africa, 16.6% live below the poverty line as of 2016. In Hong Kong, however, that number is 19.9% as of 2016.
be 90.1% less likely to die during infancy
In South Africa, approximately 25.9 children (per 1,000 live births) die before they reach the age of one as of 2022. In Hong Kong, on the other hand, 2.5 children do as of 2022.
have 56.7% fewer children
In South Africa, there are approximately 18.6 babies per 1,000 people as of 2022. In Hong Kong, there are 8.0 babies per 1,000 people as of 2022.
be 31.4% more likely to have internet access
In South Africa, approximately 70.0% of the population has internet access as of 2020. In Hong Kong, about 92.0% do as of 2020.
spend 35.3% less on education
South Africa spends 6.8% of its total GDP on education as of 2020. Hong Kong spends 4.4% of total GDP on education as of 2020.
see 73.8% less coastline
South Africa has a total of 2,798 km of coastline. In Hong Kong, that number is 733 km.
The statistics above were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, South African Revenue Service, Inland Revenue Department, Hong Kong.
Hong Kong: At a glance
How big is Hong Kong compared to South Africa? See an in-depth size comparison.