Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Hong Kong instead of Switzerland, you would:

Economy

pay a 62.5% lower top tax rate


Switzerland has a top tax rate of 40.0% as of 2016. In Hong Kong, the top tax rate is 15.0% as of 2016.

be 3.0 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In Switzerland, 6.6% live below the poverty line as of 2014. In Hong Kong, however, that number is 19.9% as of 2016.

Life

be 22.9% less likely to die during infancy


In Switzerland, approximately 3.5 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Hong Kong, on the other hand, 2.7 children do as of 2020.

have 20.0% fewer children


In Switzerland, there are approximately 10.5 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Hong Kong, there are 8.4 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Expenditures

spend 35.3% less on education


Switzerland spends 5.1% of its total GDP on education as of 2016. Hong Kong spends 3.3% of total GDP on education as of 2018.

Hong Kong: At a glance

Hong Kong (sometimes abbreviated HK) is a sovereign country in East/Southeast Asia, with a total land area of approximately 1,073 sq km. Occupied by the UK in 1841, Hong Kong was formally ceded by China the following year; various adjacent lands were added later in the 19th century. Pursuant to an agreement signed by China and the UK on 19 December 1984, Hong Kong became the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) of the People's Republic of China on 1 July 1997. In this agreement, China promised that, under its "one country, two systems" formula, China's socialist economic system would not be imposed on Hong Kong and that Hong Kong would enjoy a "high degree of autonomy" in all matters except foreign and defense affairs for the subsequent 50 years.

How big is Hong Kong compared to Switzerland? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Swiss Federal Tax Administration, Inland Revenue Department, Hong Kong.

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