Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in New Zealand instead of South Korea, you would:

Health

live 1.2 years less


In South Korea, the average life expectancy is 82 years (79 years for men, 86 years for women). In New Zealand, that number is 81 years (79 years for men, 84 years for women).

be 6.6 times more likely to be obese


In South Korea, 4.7% of adults are obese. In New Zealand, that number is 30.8% of people.

Economy

spend 13.2% less on taxes


South Korea has a top tax rate of 38.0%. In New Zealand, the top tax rate is 33.0%.

be 32.4% more likely to be unemployed


In South Korea, 3.7% of adults are unemployed. In New Zealand, that number is 4.9%.

Life

have 59.0% more children


In South Korea, there are approximately 8.3 babies per 1,000 people. In New Zealand, there are 13.2 babies per 1,000 people.

be 46.7% more likely to die during infancy


In South Korea, approximately 3.0 children die before they reach the age of one. In New Zealand, on the other hand, 4.4 children do.

Expenditures

spend 23.5% more on education


South Korea spends 5.1% of its total GDP on education. New Zealand spends 6.3% of total GDP on education.

spend 48.6% more on healthcare


South Korea spends 7.4% of its total GDP on healthcare. In New Zealand, that number is 11.0% of GDP.

Geography

see 6.3 times more coastline


South Korea has a total of 2,413 km of coastline. In New Zealand, that number is 15,134 km.

New Zealand: At a glance

New Zealand (sometimes abbreviated NZ) is a sovereign country in Australia-Oceania, with a total land area of approximately 264,537 sq km. The Polynesian Maori reached New Zealand in about A.D. 800. In 1840, their chieftains entered into a compact with Britain, the Treaty of Waitangi, in which they ceded sovereignty to Queen Victoria while retaining territorial rights. That same year, the British began the first organized colonial settlement. A series of land wars between 1843 and 1872 ended with the defeat of the native peoples. The British colony of New Zealand became an independent dominion in 1907 and supported the UK militarily in both world wars. New Zealand's full participation in a number of defense alliances lapsed by the 1980s. In recent years, the government has sought to address longstanding Maori grievances.

How big is New Zealand 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, National Tax Service, South Korea, New Zealand Inland Revenue Department.

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