If you lived in South Africa instead of Turkey, you would:


be 11.8% less likely to be obese

In Turkey, 32.1% of adults are obese as of 2016. In South Africa, that number is 28.3% of people as of 2016.

live 10.9 years less

In Turkey, the average life expectancy is 76 years (74 years for men, 79 years for women) as of 2022. In South Africa, that number is 65 years (64 years for men, 67 years for women) as of 2022.


make 59.5% less money

Turkey has a GDP per capita of $28,400 as of 2020, while in South Africa, the GDP per capita is $11,500 as of 2020.

be 2.1 times more likely to be unemployed

In Turkey, 13.7% of adults are unemployed as of 2019. In South Africa, that number is 28.5% as of 2019.

be 15.3% more likely to live below the poverty line

In Turkey, 14.4% live below the poverty line as of 2018. In South Africa, however, that number is 16.6% as of 2016.

pay a 28.6% higher top tax rate

Turkey 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 30.0% more children

In Turkey, there are approximately 14.3 babies per 1,000 people as of 2022. In South Africa, there are 18.6 babies per 1,000 people as of 2022.

be 7.0 times more likely to die during childbirth

In Turkey, approximately 17.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In South Africa, 119.0 women do as of 2017.

be 33.7% more likely to die during infancy

In Turkey, approximately 19.4 children (per 1,000 live births) die before they reach the age of one as of 2022. In South Africa, on the other hand, 25.9 children do as of 2022.

Basic Needs

be 10.3% less likely to have internet access

In Turkey, approximately 78.0% of the population has internet access as of 2020. In South Africa, about 70.0% do as of 2020.


spend 58.1% more on education

Turkey spends 4.3% of its total GDP on education as of 2018. South Africa spends 6.8% of total GDP on education as of 2020.

spend 2.1 times more on healthcare

Turkey spends 4.3% of its total GDP on healthcare as of 2019. In South Africa, that number is 9.1% of GDP as of 2019.


see 61.1% less coastline

Turkey has a total of 7,200 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, Revenue Administration, Government of Turkey, South African Revenue Service.

South Africa: At a glance

South Africa (sometimes abbreviated RSA) is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 1,214,470 sq km. Dutch traders landed at the southern tip of modern day South Africa in 1652 and established a stopover point on the spice route between the Netherlands and the Far East, founding the city of Cape Town. After the British seized the Cape of Good Hope area in 1806, many of the Dutch settlers (the Boers) trekked north to found their own republics. The discovery of diamonds (1867) and gold (1886) spurred wealth and immigration and intensified the subjugation of the native inhabitants. The Boers resisted British encroachments but were defeated in the Second Anglo Boer War (1899-1902); however, the British and the Afrikaners, as the Boers became known, ruled together beginning in 1910 under the Union of South Africa, which became a republic in 1961 after a whites-only referendum. In 1948, the National Party was voted into power and instituted a policy of apartheid - the separate development of the races - which favored the white minority at the expense of the black majority. The African National Congress (ANC) led the opposition to apartheid and many top ANC leaders, such as Nelson MANDELA, spent decades in South Africa's prisons. Internal protests and insurgency, as well as boycotts by some Western nations and institutions, led to the regime's eventual willingness to negotiate a peaceful transition to majority rule. The first multi-racial elections in 1994 brought an end to apartheid and ushered in majority rule under an ANC-led government. South Africa since then has struggled to address apartheid-era imbalances in decent housing, education, and health care. ANC infighting, which has grown in recent years, came to a head in September 2008 when President Thabo MBEKI resigned, and Kgalema MOTLANTHE, the party's General-Secretary, succeeded him as interim president. Jacob ZUMA became president after the ANC won general elections in April 2009. National presidential and parliamentary elections are scheduled for May 2014.
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