Quality of life comparison
If you lived in New Zealand instead of South Africa, you would:
be 99.5% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS
In South Africa, 19.1% of people are living with AIDS/HIV as of 2020. In New Zealand, that number is 0.1% of people as of 2020.
live 17.2 years longer
In South Africa, the average life expectancy is 65 years (64 years for men, 67 years for women) as of 2022. In New Zealand, that number is 83 years (81 years for men, 84 years for women) as of 2022.
make 3.7 times more money
South Africa has a GDP per capita of $11,500 as of 2020, while in New Zealand, the GDP per capita is $42,400 as of 2020.
be 85.5% less likely to be unemployed
In South Africa, 28.5% of adults are unemployed as of 2019. In New Zealand, that number is 4.1% as of 2019.
pay a 26.7% lower top tax rate
South Africa has a top tax rate of 45.0% as of 2017. In New Zealand, the top tax rate is 33.0% as of 2016.
be 92.4% less likely to die during childbirth
In South Africa, approximately 119.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In New Zealand, 9.0 women do as of 2017.
be 86.7% 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 New Zealand, on the other hand, 3.4 children do as of 2022.
have 31.1% fewer children
In South Africa, there are approximately 18.6 babies per 1,000 people as of 2022. In New Zealand, there are 12.8 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 New Zealand, about 92.0% do as of 2020.
spend 11.8% less on education
South Africa spends 6.8% of its total GDP on education as of 2020. New Zealand spends 6.0% of total GDP on education as of 2018.
see 5.4 times more coastline
South Africa has a total of 2,798 km of coastline. In New Zealand, that number is 15,134 km.
The statistics above were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, New Zealand Inland Revenue Department, South African Revenue Service.
New Zealand: At a glance
How big is New Zealand compared to South Africa? See an in-depth size comparison.