Quality of life comparison
If you lived in Singapore 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 Singapore, that number is 0.2% of people as of 2018.
live 21.2 years longer
In South Africa, the average life expectancy is 65 years (63 years for men, 66 years for women) as of 2020. In Singapore, that number is 86 years (83 years for men, 89 years for women) as of 2020.
be 78.4% less likely to be obese
In South Africa, 28.3% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Singapore, that number is 6.1% of people as of 2016.
make 6.9 times more money
South Africa has a GDP per capita of $13,600 as of 2017, while in Singapore, the GDP per capita is $94,100 as of 2017.
be 92.0% less likely to be unemployed
In South Africa, 27.5% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Singapore, that number is 2.2% as of 2017.
pay a 51.1% lower top tax rate
South Africa has a top tax rate of 45.0% as of 2017. In Singapore, the top tax rate is 22.0% as of 2016.
be 93.3% less likely to die during childbirth
In South Africa, approximately 119.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Singapore, 8.0 women do as of 2017.
be 11.8% more likely to be literate
In South Africa, the literacy rate is 87.0% as of 2017. In Singapore, it is 97.3% as of 2018.
be 91.7% 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 Singapore, on the other hand, 2.3 children do as of 2020.
have 53.6% fewer children
In South Africa, there are approximately 19.2 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Singapore, there are 8.9 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.
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 Singapore, 100% of the population do as of 2016.
be 57.0% more likely to have internet access
In South Africa, approximately 56.2% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Singapore, about 88.2% do as of 2018.
spend 53.2% less on education
South Africa spends 6.2% of its total GDP on education as of 2018. Singapore spends 2.9% of total GDP on education as of 2013.
see 93.1% less coastline
South Africa has a total of 2,798 km of coastline. In Singapore, that number is 193 km.
The statistics above were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore, South African Revenue Service.
Singapore: At a glance
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