Quality of Life Comparison


If you lived in China instead of United Kingdom, you would:


be 77.7% less likely to be obese

In United Kingdom, 27.8% of adults are obese. In China, that number is 6.2% of people.

live 5.1 years less

In United Kingdom, the average life expectancy is 81 years (79 years for men, 83 years for women). In China, that number is 76 years (74 years for men, 78 years for women).


be 11.4% less likely to be unemployed

In United Kingdom, 4.4% of adults are unemployed. In China, that number is 3.9%.

be 78.0% less likely to be live below the poverty line

In United Kingdom, 15.0% live below the poverty line. In China, however, that number is 3.3%.

make 62.1% less money

United Kingdom has a GDP per capita of $44,100, while in China, the GDP per capita is $16,700.


be 3.0 times more likely to die during childbirth

In United Kingdom, approximately 9.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In China, 27.0 women do.

be 2.8 times more likely to die during infancy

In United Kingdom, approximately 4.3 children die before they reach the age of one. In China, on the other hand, 12.0 children do.

Basic Needs

be 43.9% less likely to have internet access

In United Kingdom, approximately 94.8% of the population has internet access. In China, about 53.2% do.


spend 39.6% less on healthcare

United Kingdom spends 9.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In China, that number is 5.5% of GDP.


see 16.7% more coastline

United Kingdom has a total of 12,429 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 United Kingdom? 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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