Quality of Life Comparison


If you lived in New Zealand instead of United Kingdom, you would:


be 10.8% more likely to be obese

In United Kingdom, 27.8% of adults are obese. In New Zealand, that number is 30.8% of people.


spend 26.7% less on taxes

United Kingdom has a top tax rate of 45.0%. In New Zealand, the top tax rate is 33.0%.

make 11.8% less money

United Kingdom has a GDP per capita of $44,100, while in New Zealand, the GDP per capita is $38,900.

be 11.4% more likely to be unemployed

In United Kingdom, 4.4% of adults are unemployed. In New Zealand, that number is 4.9%.


be 22.2% more likely to die during childbirth

In United Kingdom, approximately 9.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In New Zealand, 11.0 women do.


spend 12.5% more on education

United Kingdom spends 5.6% of its total GDP on education. New Zealand spends 6.3% of total GDP on education.

spend 20.9% more on healthcare

United Kingdom spends 9.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In New Zealand, that number is 11.0% of GDP.


see 21.8% more coastline

United Kingdom has a total of 12,429 km of coastline. In New Zealand, that number is 15,134 km.

New Zealand: At a glance

New Zealand (sometimes abbreviated NZ) is a sovereign country in Australia-Oceania, with a total land area of approximately 264,537 sq km. The Polynesian Maori reached New Zealand in about A.D. 800. In 1840, their chieftains entered into a compact with Britain, the Treaty of Waitangi, in which they ceded sovereignty to Queen Victoria while retaining territorial rights. That same year, the British began the first organized colonial settlement. A series of land wars between 1843 and 1872 ended with the defeat of the native peoples. The British colony of New Zealand became an independent dominion in 1907 and supported the UK militarily in both world wars. New Zealand's full participation in a number of defense alliances lapsed by the 1980s. In recent years, the government has sought to address longstanding Maori grievances.

How big is New Zealand 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, New Zealand Inland Revenue Department, HM Revenue & Customs.


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