Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in New Zealand instead of South Africa, you would:

Health

be 99.5% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In South Africa, 20.4% of people are living with AIDS/HIV as of 2018. In New Zealand, that number is 0.1% of people as of 2018.

live 17.3 years longer


In South Africa, the average life expectancy is 65 years (63 years for men, 66 years for women) as of 2020. In New Zealand, that number is 82 years (80 years for men, 84 years for women) as of 2020.

Economy

make 2.9 times more money


South Africa has a GDP per capita of $13,600 as of 2017, while in New Zealand, the GDP per capita is $39,000 as of 2017.

be 82.9% less likely to be unemployed


In South Africa, 27.5% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In New Zealand, that number is 4.7% as of 2017.

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.

Life

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 87.4% 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 New Zealand, on the other hand, 3.5 children do as of 2020.

have 33.3% fewer children


In South Africa, there are approximately 19.2 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In New Zealand, there are 12.8 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 New Zealand, 100% of the population do as of 2016.

be 61.7% more likely to have internet access


In South Africa, approximately 56.2% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In New Zealand, about 90.8% do as of 2018.

Geography

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.

New Zealand: At a glance

New Zealand (sometimes abbreviated NZ) is a sovereign country in Australia-Oceania, with a total land area of approximately 264,537 sq km. The Polynesian Maori reached New Zealand in about A.D. 800. In 1840, their chieftains entered into a compact with Britain, the Treaty of Waitangi, in which they ceded sovereignty to Queen Victoria while retaining territorial rights. That same year, the British began the first organized colonial settlement. A series of land wars between 1843 and 1872 ended with the defeat of the native peoples. The British colony of New Zealand became an independent dominion in 1907 and supported the UK militarily in both world wars. New Zealand's full participation in a number of defense alliances lapsed by the 1980s. In recent years, the government has sought to address longstanding Maori grievances.

How big is New Zealand 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, New Zealand Inland Revenue Department, South African Revenue Service.

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