Quality of life comparison
If you lived in United Kingdom instead of South Korea, you would:
live 1.0 years less
In South Korea, the average life expectancy is 83 years (80 years for men, 86 years for women) as of 2022. In United Kingdom, that number is 82 years (80 years for men, 84 years for women) as of 2022.
be 5.9 times more likely to be obese
In South Korea, 4.7% of adults are obese as of 2016. In United Kingdom, that number is 27.8% of people as of 2016.
be 15.7% less likely to be unemployed
In South Korea, 3.8% of adults are unemployed as of 2019. In United Kingdom, that number is 3.2% as of 2019.
be 29.2% more likely to live below the poverty line
In South Korea, 14.4% live below the poverty line as of 2016. In United Kingdom, however, that number is 18.6% as of 2017.
pay a 18.4% higher top tax rate
South Korea has a top tax rate of 38.0% as of 2016. In United Kingdom, the top tax rate is 45.0% as of 2016.
be 36.4% less likely to die during childbirth
In South Korea, approximately 11.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In United Kingdom, 7.0 women do as of 2017.
have 55.9% more children
In South Korea, there are approximately 6.9 babies per 1,000 people as of 2022. In United Kingdom, there are 10.8 babies per 1,000 people as of 2022.
be 33.1% 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 United Kingdom, on the other hand, 3.8 children do as of 2022.
spend 15.6% more on education
South Korea spends 4.5% of its total GDP on education as of 2018. United Kingdom spends 5.2% of total GDP on education as of 2018.
spend 24.4% more on healthcare
South Korea spends 8.2% of its total GDP on healthcare as of 2019. In United Kingdom, that number is 10.2% of GDP as of 2019.
see 5.2 times more coastline
South Korea has a total of 2,413 km of coastline. In United Kingdom, that number is 12,429 km.
The statistics above were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, National Tax Service, South Korea, HM Revenue & Customs.
United Kingdom: At a glance
How big is United Kingdom compared to South Korea? See an in-depth size comparison.