Quality of life comparison
If you lived in India instead of South Africa, you would:
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 India, that number is 0.2% of people as of 2017.
live 4.9 years longer
In South Africa, the average life expectancy is 65 years (63 years for men, 66 years for women) as of 2020. In India, that number is 70 years (68 years for men, 71 years for women) as of 2020.
be 86.2% less likely to be obese
In South Africa, 28.3% of adults are obese as of 2016. In India, that number is 3.9% of people as of 2016.
be 69.1% less likely to be unemployed
In South Africa, 27.5% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In India, that number is 8.5% as of 2017.
pay a 21.0% lower top tax rate
South Africa has a top tax rate of 45.0% as of 2017. In India, the top tax rate is 35.5% as of 2016.
make 47.1% less money
South Africa has a GDP per capita of $13,600 as of 2017, while in India, the GDP per capita is $7,200 as of 2017.
be 31.9% more likely to live below the poverty line
In South Africa, 16.6% live below the poverty line as of 2016. In India, however, that number is 21.9% as of 2011.
be 21.8% more likely to die during childbirth
In South Africa, approximately 119.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In India, 145.0 women do as of 2017.
be 14.5% less likely to be literate
In South Africa, the literacy rate is 87.0% as of 2017. In India, it is 74.4% as of 2018.
be 27.3% more likely to die during infancy
In South Africa, approximately 27.8 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In India, on the other hand, 35.4 children do as of 2020.
be 38.7% less likely to have internet access
In South Africa, approximately 56.2% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In India, about 34.5% do as of 2018.
spend 38.7% less on education
South Africa spends 6.2% of its total GDP on education as of 2018. India spends 3.8% of total GDP on education as of 2013.
see 2.5 times more coastline
South Africa has a total of 2,798 km of coastline. In India, that number is 7,000 km.
The statistics above were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, South African Revenue Service, Ministry of Finance, Government of India.
India: At a glance
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