Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in China instead of Thailand, you would:

Health

live 0.8 years longer


In Thailand, the average life expectancy is 75 years (72 years for men, 78 years for women). In China, that number is 76 years (74 years for men, 78 years for women).

be 38.0% less likely to be obese


In Thailand, 10.0% of adults are obese. In China, that number is 6.2% of people.

Economy

be 54.2% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Thailand, 7.2% live below the poverty line. In China, however, that number is 3.3%.

be 5.6 times more likely to be unemployed


In Thailand, 0.7% of adults are unemployed. In China, that number is 3.9%.

spend 28.6% more on taxes


Thailand has a top tax rate of 35.0%. In China, the top tax rate is 45.0%.

Life

have 11.8% more children


In Thailand, there are approximately 11.0 babies per 1,000 people. In China, there are 12.3 babies per 1,000 people.

be 35.0% more likely to die during childbirth


In Thailand, approximately 20.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In China, 27.0 women do.

be 30.4% more likely to die during infancy


In Thailand, approximately 9.2 children die before they reach the age of one. In China, on the other hand, 12.0 children do.

Basic Needs

be 12.0% more likely to have internet access


In Thailand, approximately 47.5% of the population has internet access. In China, about 53.2% do.

Expenditures

spend 15.4% less on healthcare


Thailand spends 6.5% of its total GDP on healthcare. In China, that number is 5.5% of GDP.

Geography

see 4.5 times more coastline


Thailand has a total of 3,219 km of coastline. In China, that number is 14,500 km.

China: At a glance

China (sometimes abbreviated PRC) is a sovereign country in East/Southeast Asia, with a total land area of approximately 9,326,410 sq km. For centuries China stood as a leading civilization, outpacing the rest of the world in the arts and sciences, but in the 19th and early 20th centuries, the country was beset by civil unrest, major famines, military defeats, and foreign occupation. After World War II, the communists under MAO Zedong established an autocratic socialist system that, while ensuring China's sovereignty, imposed strict controls over everyday life and cost the lives of tens of millions of people. After 1978, MAO's successor DENG Xiaoping and other leaders focused on market-oriented economic development and by 2000 output had quadrupled. For much of the population, living standards have improved dramatically and the room for personal choice has expanded, yet political controls remain tight. Since the early 1990s, China has increased its global outreach and participation in international organizations.

How big is China compared to Thailand? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, The Revenue Department, Government of Thailand, State Administration of Taxation.

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