Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 11.5 years less


In South Korea, the average life expectancy is 82 years (79 years for men, 86 years for women). In Russia, that number is 71 years (65 years for men, 77 years for women).

be 4.9 times more likely to be obese


In South Korea, 4.7% of adults are obese. In Russia, that number is 23.1% of people.

Economy

spend 65.8% less on taxes


South Korea has a top tax rate of 38.0%. In Russia, the top tax rate is 13.0%.

make 29.4% less money


South Korea has a GDP per capita of $39,400, while in Russia, the GDP per capita is $27,800.

be 48.6% more likely to be unemployed


In South Korea, 3.7% of adults are unemployed. In Russia, that number is 5.5%.

Life

have 32.5% more children


In South Korea, there are approximately 8.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Russia, there are 11.0 babies per 1,000 people.

be 2.3 times more likely to die during childbirth


In South Korea, approximately 11.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Russia, 25.0 women do.

be 2.3 times more likely to die during infancy


In South Korea, approximately 3.0 children die before they reach the age of one. In Russia, on the other hand, 6.8 children do.

Basic Needs

be 15.0% less likely to have internet access


In South Korea, approximately 89.9% of the population has internet access. In Russia, about 76.4% do.

Expenditures

spend 25.5% less on education


South Korea spends 5.1% of its total GDP on education. Russia spends 3.8% of total GDP on education.

Geography

see 15.6 times more coastline


South Korea has a total of 2,413 km of coastline. In Russia, that number is 37,653 km.

Russia: At a glance

Russia is a sovereign country in Central Asia, with a total land area of approximately 16,377,742 sq km. Founded in the 12th century, the Principality of Muscovy, was able to emerge from over 200 years of Mongol domination (13th-15th centuries) and to gradually conquer and absorb surrounding principalities. In the early 17th century, a new ROMANOV Dynasty continued this policy of expansion across Siberia to the Pacific. Under PETER I (ruled 1682-1725), hegemony was extended to the Baltic Sea and the country was renamed the Russian Empire. During the 19th century, more territorial acquisitions were made in Europe and Asia. Defeat in the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-05 contributed to the Revolution of 1905, which resulted in the formation of a parliament and other reforms. Repeated devastating defeats of the Russian army in World War I led to widespread rioting in the major cities of the Russian Empire and to the overthrow in 1917 of the imperial household. The communists under Vladimir LENIN seized power soon after and formed the USSR. The brutal rule of Iosif STALIN (1928-53) strengthened communist rule and Russian dominance of the Soviet Union at a cost of tens of millions of lives. The Soviet economy and society stagnated in the following decades until General Secretary Mikhail GORBACHEV (1985-91) introduced glasnost (openness) and perestroika (restructuring) in an attempt to modernize communism, but his initiatives inadvertently released forces that by December 1991 splintered the USSR into Russia and 14 other independent republics. Since then, Russia has shifted its post-Soviet democratic ambitions in favor of a centralized semi-authoritarian state in which the leadership seeks to legitimize its rule through managed national elections, populist appeals by President PUTIN, and continued economic growth. Russia has severely disabled a Chechen rebel movement, although violence still occurs throughout the North Caucasus.

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


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: Federal Tax Service of Russia, The World Factbook, National Tax Service, South Korea.

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