Quality of life comparison
If you lived in South Africa instead of Thailand, you would:
be 18.5 times more likely to be living with HIV/AIDS
In Thailand, 1.1% of people are living with AIDS/HIV as of 2018. In South Africa, that number is 20.4% of people as of 2018.
live 10.8 years less
In Thailand, the average life expectancy is 76 years (72 years for men, 79 years for women) as of 2020. In South Africa, that number is 65 years (63 years for men, 66 years for women) as of 2020.
be 2.8 times more likely to be obese
In Thailand, 10.0% of adults are obese as of 2016. In South Africa, that number is 28.3% of people as of 2016.
make 24.0% less money
Thailand has a GDP per capita of $17,900 as of 2017, while in South Africa, the GDP per capita is $13,600 as of 2017.
be 39.3 times more likely to be unemployed
In Thailand, 0.7% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In South Africa, that number is 27.5% as of 2017.
be 2.3 times more likely to live below the poverty line
In Thailand, 7.2% live below the poverty line as of 2015. In South Africa, however, that number is 16.6% as of 2016.
pay a 28.6% higher top tax rate
Thailand has a top tax rate of 35.0% as of 2016. In South Africa, the top tax rate is 45.0% as of 2017.
have 79.4% more children
In Thailand, there are approximately 10.7 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In South Africa, there are 19.2 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.
be 3.2 times more likely to die during childbirth
In Thailand, approximately 37.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In South Africa, 119.0 women do as of 2017.
be 3.2 times more likely to die during infancy
In Thailand, approximately 8.6 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In South Africa, on the other hand, 27.8 children do as of 2020.
be 15.8% less likely to have access to electricity
In Thailand, approximately 100% of the population has electricity access as of 2016. In South Africa, 84% of the population do as of 2017.
spend 51.2% more on education
Thailand spends 4.1% of its total GDP on education as of 2013. South Africa spends 6.2% of total GDP on education as of 2018.
see 13.1% less coastline
Thailand has a total of 3,219 km of coastline. In South Africa, that number is 2,798 km.
The statistics above were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, The Revenue Department, Government of Thailand, South African Revenue Service.
South Africa: At a glance
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