If you lived in Hong Kong instead of South Korea, you would:

Economy

make 63.3% more money

South Korea has a GDP per capita of $39,500 as of 2017, while in Hong Kong, the GDP per capita is $64,500 as of 2018.

be 16.2% less likely to be unemployed

In South Korea, 3.7% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Hong Kong, that number is 3.1% as of 2017.

pay a 60.5% lower top tax rate

South Korea has a top tax rate of 38.0% as of 2016. In Hong Kong, the top tax rate is 15.0% as of 2016.

be 38.2% more likely to live below the poverty line

In South Korea, 14.4% live below the poverty line as of 2016. In Hong Kong, however, that number is 19.9% as of 2016.

Expenditures

spend 37.7% less on education

South Korea spends 5.3% of its total GDP on education as of 2015. Hong Kong spends 3.3% of total GDP on education as of 2018.

Geography

see 69.6% less coastline

South Korea has a total of 2,413 km of coastline. In Hong Kong, that number is 733 km.


The statistics above were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, National Tax Service, South Korea, Inland Revenue Department, Hong Kong.

Hong Kong: At a glance

Hong Kong (sometimes abbreviated HK) is a sovereign country in East/Southeast Asia, with a total land area of approximately 1,073 sq km. Occupied by the UK in 1841, Hong Kong was formally ceded by China the following year; various adjacent lands were added later in the 19th century. Pursuant to an agreement signed by China and the UK on 19 December 1984, Hong Kong became the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) of the People's Republic of China on 1 July 1997. In this agreement, China promised that, under its "one country, two systems" formula, China's socialist economic system would not be imposed on Hong Kong and that Hong Kong would enjoy a "high degree of autonomy" in all matters except foreign and defense affairs for the subsequent 50 years.
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