Quality of life comparison
If you lived in China instead of South Korea, you would:
live 6.9 years less
In South Korea, the average life expectancy is 83 years (80 years for men, 86 years for women) as of 2022. In China, that number is 76 years (74 years for men, 81 years for women) as of 2020.
be 31.9% more likely to be obese
In South Korea, 4.7% of adults are obese as of 2016. In China, that number is 6.2% of people as of 2016.
be 95.8% less likely to live below the poverty line
In South Korea, 14.4% live below the poverty line as of 2016. In China, however, that number is 0.6% as of 2019.
make 61.2% less money
South Korea has a GDP per capita of $42,300 as of 2020, while in China, the GDP per capita is $16,400 as of 2020.
pay a 18.4% higher top tax rate
South Korea has a top tax rate of 38.0% as of 2016. In China, the top tax rate is 45.0% as of 2016.
have 43.5% more children
In South Korea, there are approximately 6.9 babies per 1,000 people as of 2022. In China, there are 9.9 babies per 1,000 people as of 2022.
be 2.6 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 China, 29.0 women do as of 2017.
be 2.4 times more likely to die during infancy
In South Korea, approximately 2.9 children (per 1,000 live births) die before they reach the age of one as of 2022. In China, on the other hand, 6.8 children do as of 2022.
be 27.8% less likely to have internet access
In South Korea, approximately 97.0% of the population has internet access as of 2020. In China, about 70.0% do as of 2020.
spend 22.2% less on education
South Korea spends 4.5% of its total GDP on education as of 2018. China spends 3.5% of total GDP on education as of 2018.
spend 34.1% less on healthcare
South Korea spends 8.2% of its total GDP on healthcare as of 2019. In China, that number is 5.4% of GDP as of 2019.
see 6.0 times more coastline
South Korea has a total of 2,413 km of coastline. In China, that number is 14,500 km.
The statistics above were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, National Tax Service, South Korea, State Administration of Taxation.
China: At a glance
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