If you lived in Cambodia instead of South Korea, you would:


be 17.0% less likely to be obese

In South Korea, 4.7% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Cambodia, that number is 3.9% of people as of 2016.

live 16.7 years less

In South Korea, the average life expectancy is 83 years (79 years for men, 86 years for women) as of 2020. In Cambodia, that number is 66 years (63 years for men, 69 years for women) as of 2020.


be 91.9% less likely to be unemployed

In South Korea, 3.7% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Cambodia, that number is 0.3% as of 2017.

pay a 47.4% lower top tax rate

South Korea has a top tax rate of 38.0% as of 2016. In Cambodia, the top tax rate is 20.0% as of 2016.

make 89.9% less money

South Korea has a GDP per capita of $39,500 as of 2017, while in Cambodia, the GDP per capita is $4,000 as of 2017.

be 14.6% more likely to live below the poverty line

In South Korea, 14.4% live below the poverty line as of 2016. In Cambodia, however, that number is 16.5% as of 2016.


have 2.6 times more children

In South Korea, there are approximately 8.2 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Cambodia, there are 21.3 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

be 14.5 times more likely to die during childbirth

In South Korea, approximately 11.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Cambodia, 160.0 women do as of 2017.

be 17.9% less likely to be literate

In South Korea, the literacy rate is 98.0% as of 2019. In Cambodia, it is 80.5% as of 2015.

be 14.6 times more likely to die during infancy

In South Korea, approximately 3.0 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Cambodia, on the other hand, 43.7 children do as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 50.2% less likely to have access to electricity

In South Korea, approximately 100% of the population has electricity access as of 2016. In Cambodia, 50% of the population do as of 2017.

be 58.3% less likely to have internet access

In South Korea, approximately 95.9% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Cambodia, about 40.0% do as of 2018.

be 19.7% less likely to have access to improved drinking water

In South Korea, approximately 100% of people have improved drinking water access as of 2017. In Cambodia, 80% of people do as of 2017.


spend 64.2% less on education

South Korea spends 5.3% of its total GDP on education as of 2015. Cambodia spends 1.9% of total GDP on education as of 2014.


see 81.6% less coastline

South Korea has a total of 2,413 km of coastline. In Cambodia, that number is 443 km.

The statistics above were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, National Tax Service, South Korea, General Department of Taxation.

Cambodia: At a glance

Cambodia is a sovereign country in East/Southeast Asia, with a total land area of approximately 176,515 sq km. Most Cambodians consider themselves to be Khmers, descendants of the Angkor Empire that extended over much of Southeast Asia and reached its zenith between the 10th and 13th centuries. Attacks by the Thai and Cham (from present-day Vietnam) weakened the empire, ushering in a long period of decline. The king placed the country under French protection in 1863, and it became part of French Indochina in 1887. Following Japanese occupation in World War II, Cambodia gained full independence from France in 1953. In April 1975, after a five-year struggle, communist Khmer Rouge forces captured Phnom Penh and evacuated all cities and towns. At least 1.5 million Cambodians died from execution, forced hardships, or starvation during the Khmer Rouge regime under POL POT. A December 1978 Vietnamese invasion drove the Khmer Rouge into the countryside, began a 10-year Vietnamese occupation, and touched off almost 13 years of civil war. The 1991 Paris Peace Accords mandated democratic elections and a ceasefire, which was not fully respected by the Khmer Rouge. UN-sponsored elections in 1993 helped restore some semblance of normalcy under a coalition government. Factional fighting in 1997 ended the first coalition government, but a second round of national elections in 1998 led to the formation of another coalition government and renewed political stability. The remaining elements of the Khmer Rouge surrendered in early 1999. Some of the surviving Khmer Rouge leaders have been tried or are awaiting trial for crimes against humanity by a hybrid UN-Cambodian tribunal supported by international assistance. Elections in July 2003 were relatively peaceful, but it took one year of negotiations between contending political parties before a coalition government was formed. In October 2004, King Norodom SIHANOUK abdicated the throne and his son, Prince Norodom SIHAMONI, was selected to succeed him. Local elections were held in Cambodia in April 2007, with little of the pre-election violence that preceded prior elections. National elections in July 2008 were relatively peaceful, as were commune council elections in June 2012.
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