Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 4.6 times more likely to be obese


In South Korea, 4.7% of adults are obese as of 2016. In France, that number is 21.6% of people as of 2016.

Economy

make 11.6% more money


South Korea has a GDP per capita of $39,500 as of 2017, while in France, the GDP per capita is $44,100 as of 2017.

be 2.5 times more likely to be unemployed


In South Korea, 3.7% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In France, that number is 9.4% as of 2017.

pay a 32.1% higher top tax rate


South Korea has a top tax rate of 38.0% as of 2016. In France, the top tax rate is 50.2% as of 2016.

Life

be 27.3% less likely to die during childbirth


In South Korea, approximately 11.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In France, 8.0 women do as of 2017.

have 45.1% more children


In South Korea, there are approximately 8.2 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In France, there are 11.9 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 14.5% less likely to have internet access


In South Korea, approximately 95.9% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In France, about 82.0% do as of 2018.

Geography

see 2.0 times more coastline


South Korea has a total of 2,413 km of coastline. In France, that number is 4,853 km.

France: At a glance

France is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 549,970 sq km. France today is one of the most modern countries in the world and is a leader among European nations. It plays an influential global role as a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, NATO, the G-8, the G-20, the EU and other multilateral organizations. France rejoined NATO's integrated military command structure in 2009, reversing DE GAULLE's 1966 decision to take French forces out of NATO. Since 1958, it has constructed a hybrid presidential-parliamentary governing system resistant to the instabilities experienced in earlier, more purely parliamentary administrations. In recent decades, its reconciliation and cooperation with Germany have proved central to the economic integration of Europe, including the introduction of a common currency, the euro, in January 1999. In the early 21st century, five French overseas entities - French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Mayotte, and Reunion - became French regions and were made part of France proper.

How big is France compared to South Korea? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Direction Générale des Finances Publiques, National Tax Service, South Korea.

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