Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 2.8 years longer


In Taiwan, the average life expectancy is 80 years (77 years for men, 84 years for women). In Hong Kong, that number is 83 years (80 years for men, 86 years for women).

Economy

make 22.1% more money


Taiwan has a GDP per capita of $50,300, while in Hong Kong, the GDP per capita is $61,400.

be 18.4% less likely to be unemployed


In Taiwan, 3.8% of adults are unemployed. In Hong Kong, that number is 3.1%.

spend 66.7% less on taxes


Taiwan has a top tax rate of 45.0%. In Hong Kong, the top tax rate is 15.0%.

be 13.3 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In Taiwan, 1.5% live below the poverty line. In Hong Kong, however, that number is 19.9%.

Life

be 37.2% less likely to die during infancy


In Taiwan, approximately 4.3 children die before they reach the age of one. In Hong Kong, on the other hand, 2.7 children do.

Geography

see 53.2% less coastline


Taiwan has a total of 1,566 km of coastline. In Hong Kong, that number is 733 km.

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 Taiwan? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Taxation Administration, Ministry of Finance, R.O.C., Inland Revenue Department, Hong Kong.

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