Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Philippines instead of South Africa, you would:

Health

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


In South Africa, 18.8% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Philippines, that number is 0.1% of people.

live 5.6 years longer


In South Africa, the average life expectancy is 64 years (62 years for men, 65 years for women). In Philippines, that number is 69 years (66 years for men, 73 years for women).

be 77.4% less likely to be obese


In South Africa, 28.3% of adults are obese. In Philippines, that number is 6.4% of people.

Economy

be 79.3% less likely to be unemployed


In South Africa, 27.6% of adults are unemployed. In Philippines, that number is 5.7%.

spend 28.9% less on taxes


South Africa has a top tax rate of 45.0%. In Philippines, the top tax rate is 32.0%.

make 38.5% less money


South Africa has a GDP per capita of $13,500, while in Philippines, the GDP per capita is $8,300.

be 30.1% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In South Africa, 16.6% live below the poverty line. In Philippines, however, that number is 21.6%.

Life

be 17.4% less likely to die during childbirth


In South Africa, approximately 138.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Philippines, 114.0 women do.

be 31.0% less likely to die during infancy


In South Africa, approximately 31.0 children die before they reach the age of one. In Philippines, on the other hand, 21.4 children do.

have 17.3% more children


In South Africa, there are approximately 20.2 babies per 1,000 people. In Philippines, there are 23.7 babies per 1,000 people.

Expenditures

spend 54.2% less on education


South Africa spends 5.9% of its total GDP on education. Philippines spends 2.7% of total GDP on education.

spend 46.6% less on healthcare


South Africa spends 8.8% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Philippines, that number is 4.7% of GDP.

Geography

see 13.0 times more coastline


South Africa has a total of 2,798 km of coastline. In Philippines, that number is 36,289 km.

Philippines: At a glance

Philippines is a sovereign country in East/Southeast Asia, with a total land area of approximately 298,170 sq km. The Philippine Islands became a Spanish colony during the 16th century; they were ceded to the US in 1898 following the Spanish-American War. In 1935 the Philippines became a self-governing commonwealth. Manuel QUEZON was elected president and was tasked with preparing the country for independence after a 10-year transition. In 1942 the islands fell under Japanese occupation during World War II, and US forces and Filipinos fought together during 1944-45 to regain control. On 4 July 1946 the Republic of the Philippines attained its independence. A 20-year rule by Ferdinand MARCOS ended in 1986, when a "people power" movement in Manila ("EDSA 1") forced him into exile and installed Corazon AQUINO as president. Her presidency was hampered by several coup attempts that prevented a return to full political stability and economic development. Fidel RAMOS was elected president in 1992. His administration was marked by increased stability and by progress on economic reforms. In 1992, the US closed its last military bases on the islands. Joseph ESTRADA was elected president in 1998. He was succeeded by his vice-president, Gloria MACAPAGAL-ARROYO, in January 2001 after ESTRADA's stormy impeachment trial on corruption charges broke down and another "people power" movement ("EDSA 2") demanded his resignation. MACAPAGAL-ARROYO was elected to a six-year term as president in May 2004. Her presidency was marred by several corruption allegations but the Philippine economy was one of the few to avoid contraction following the 2008 global financial crisis, expanding each year of her administration. Benigno AQUINO III was elected to a six-year term as president in May 2010. The Philippine Government faces threats from several groups, some of which are on the US Government's Foreign Terrorist Organization list. Manila has waged a decades-long struggle against ethnic Moro insurgencies in the southern Philippines, which has led to a peace accord with the Moro National Liberation Front and ongoing peace talks with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. The decades-long Maoist-inspired New People's Army insurgency also operates through much of the country. The Philippines faces increased tension with China over disputed territorial and maritime claims in the South China Sea.

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The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Bureau of Internal Revenue, South African Revenue Service.

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