Quality of life comparison
If you lived in Thailand instead of South Korea, you would:
live 5.3 years less
In South Korea, the average life expectancy is 83 years (80 years for men, 86 years for women) as of 2022. In Thailand, that number is 78 years (75 years for men, 81 years for women) as of 2022.
be 2.1 times more likely to be obese
In South Korea, 4.7% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Thailand, that number is 10.0% of people as of 2016.
be 73.7% less likely to be unemployed
In South Korea, 3.8% of adults are unemployed as of 2019. In Thailand, that number is 1.0% as of 2019.
be 31.2% less likely to live below the poverty line
In South Korea, 14.4% live below the poverty line as of 2016. In Thailand, however, that number is 9.9% as of 2018.
make 59.1% less money
South Korea has a GDP per capita of $42,300 as of 2020, while in Thailand, the GDP per capita is $17,300 as of 2020.
have 46.5% more children
In South Korea, there are approximately 6.9 babies per 1,000 people as of 2022. In Thailand, there are 10.1 babies per 1,000 people as of 2022.
be 3.4 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 Thailand, 37.0 women do as of 2017.
be 2.3 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 Thailand, on the other hand, 6.5 children do as of 2022.
be 19.6% less likely to have internet access
In South Korea, approximately 97.0% of the population has internet access as of 2020. In Thailand, about 78.0% do as of 2020.
spend 33.3% less on education
South Korea spends 4.5% of its total GDP on education as of 2018. Thailand spends 3.0% of total GDP on education as of 2019.
spend 53.7% less on healthcare
South Korea spends 8.2% of its total GDP on healthcare as of 2019. In Thailand, that number is 3.8% of GDP as of 2019.
see 33.4% more coastline
South Korea has a total of 2,413 km of coastline. In Thailand, that number is 3,219 km.
The statistics above were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook.
Thailand: At a glance
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