Quality of life comparison
If you lived in Kenya instead of South Korea, you would:
live 13.3 years less
In South Korea, the average life expectancy is 83 years (80 years for men, 86 years for women) as of 2022. In Kenya, that number is 70 years (68 years for men, 71 years for women) as of 2022.
be 51.1% more likely to be obese
In South Korea, 4.7% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Kenya, that number is 7.1% of people as of 2016.
pay a 21.1% lower top tax rate
South Korea has a top tax rate of 38.0% as of 2016. In Kenya, the top tax rate is 30.0% as of 2016.
make 90.1% less money
South Korea has a GDP per capita of $42,300 as of 2020, while in Kenya, the GDP per capita is $4,200 as of 2020.
be 10.6 times more likely to be unemployed
In South Korea, 3.8% of adults are unemployed as of 2019. In Kenya, that number is 40.0% as of 2013.
be 2.5 times more likely to live below the poverty line
In South Korea, 14.4% live below the poverty line as of 2016. In Kenya, however, that number is 36.1% as of 2016.
have 3.8 times more children
In South Korea, there are approximately 6.9 babies per 1,000 people as of 2022. In Kenya, there are 26.4 babies per 1,000 people as of 2022.
be 31.1 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 Kenya, 342.0 women do as of 2017.
be 16.8% less likely to be literate
In South Korea, the literacy rate is 98.0% as of 2019. In Kenya, it is 81.5% as of 2018.
be 9.7 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 Kenya, on the other hand, 27.9 children do as of 2022.
be 15.0% less likely to have access to electricity
In South Korea, approximately 100% of the population has electricity access as of 2020. In Kenya, 85% of the population do as of 2019.
be 81.6% less likely to have internet access
In South Korea, approximately 97.0% of the population has internet access as of 2020. In Kenya, about 17.8% do as of 2018.
be 28.7% less likely to have access to improved drinking water
In South Korea, approximately 100% of people have improved drinking water access as of 2020. In Kenya, 71% of people do as of 2020.
spend 43.9% less on healthcare
South Korea spends 8.2% of its total GDP on healthcare as of 2019. In Kenya, that number is 4.6% of GDP as of 2019.
spend 13.3% more on education
South Korea spends 4.5% of its total GDP on education as of 2018. Kenya spends 5.1% of total GDP on education as of 2020.
see 77.8% less coastline
South Korea has a total of 2,413 km of coastline. In Kenya, that number is 536 km.
The statistics above were calculated using the following data sources: Revenue Authority, The World Factbook, National Tax Service, South Korea.
Kenya: At a glance
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