Quality of Life Comparison


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


be 87.1% less likely to be obese

In Tonga, 48.2% of adults are obese. In China, that number is 6.2% of people.


make 3.0 times more money

Tonga has a GDP per capita of $5,600, while in China, the GDP per capita is $16,700.

be 85.3% less likely to be live below the poverty line

In Tonga, 22.5% live below the poverty line. In China, however, that number is 3.3%.

be 3.5 times more likely to be unemployed

In Tonga, 1.1% of adults are unemployed. In China, that number is 3.9%.


be 78.2% less likely to die during childbirth

In Tonga, approximately 124.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In China, 27.0 women do.

have 44.6% less children

In Tonga, there are approximately 22.2 babies per 1,000 people. In China, there are 12.3 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 33.0% more likely to have internet access

In Tonga, approximately 40.0% of the population has internet access. In China, about 53.2% do.


see 34.6 times more coastline

Tonga has a total of 419 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 Tonga? See an in-depth size comparison.

The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook.


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