Quality of Life Comparison


If you lived in Japan instead of Turkey, you would:


live 10.3 years longer

In Turkey, the average life expectancy is 75 years (73 years for men, 78 years for women). In Japan, that number is 85 years (82 years for men, 89 years for women).

be 86.6% less likely to be obese

In Turkey, 32.1% of adults are obese. In Japan, that number is 4.3% of people.


make 59.1% more money

Turkey has a GDP per capita of $26,900, while in Japan, the GDP per capita is $42,800.

be 74.1% less likely to be unemployed

In Turkey, 11.2% of adults are unemployed. In Japan, that number is 2.9%.

be 26.5% less likely to be live below the poverty line

In Turkey, 21.9% live below the poverty line. In Japan, however, that number is 16.1%.

spend 59.9% more on taxes

Turkey has a top tax rate of 35.0%. In Japan, the top tax rate is 56.0%.


be 68.8% less likely to die during childbirth

In Turkey, approximately 16.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Japan, 5.0 women do.

be 88.6% less likely to die during infancy

In Turkey, approximately 17.6 children die before they reach the age of one. In Japan, on the other hand, 2.0 children do.

have 51.0% fewer children

In Turkey, there are approximately 15.7 babies per 1,000 people. In Japan, there are 7.7 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 57.8% more likely to have internet access

In Turkey, approximately 58.3% of the population has internet access. In Japan, about 92.0% do.


spend 18.2% less on education

Turkey spends 4.4% of its total GDP on education. Japan spends 3.6% of total GDP on education.

spend 88.9% more on healthcare

Turkey spends 5.4% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Japan, that number is 10.2% of GDP.


see 4.1 times more coastline

Turkey has a total of 7,200 km of coastline. In Japan, that number is 29,751 km.

Japan: At a glance

Japan is a sovereign country in East/Southeast Asia, with a total land area of approximately 364,485 sq km. In 1603, after decades of civil warfare, the Tokugawa shogunate (a military-led, dynastic government) ushered in a long period of relative political stability and isolation from foreign influence. For more than two centuries this policy enabled Japan to enjoy a flowering of its indigenous culture. Japan opened its ports after signing the Treaty of Kanagawa with the US in 1854 and began to intensively modernize and industrialize. During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Japan became a regional power that was able to defeat the forces of both China and Russia. It occupied Korea, Formosa (Taiwan), and southern Sakhalin Island. In 1931-32 Japan occupied Manchuria, and in 1937 it launched a full-scale invasion of China. Japan attacked US forces in 1941 - triggering America's entry into World War II - and soon occupied much of East and Southeast Asia. After its defeat in World War II, Japan recovered to become an economic power and an ally of the US. While the emperor retains his throne as a symbol of national unity, elected politicians hold actual decision-making power. Following three decades of unprecedented growth, Japan's economy experienced a major slowdown starting in the 1990s, but the country remains a major economic power. In March 2011, Japan's strongest-ever earthquake, and an accompanying tsunami, devastated the northeast part of Honshu island, killing thousands and damaging several nuclear power plants. The catastrophe hobbled the country's economy and its energy infrastructure, and tested its ability to deal with humanitarian disasters.

How big is Japan compared to Turkey? See an in-depth size comparison.

The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Revenue Administration, Government of Turkey, National Tax Agency Japan.


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