Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 1.0 years longer


In United Kingdom, the average life expectancy is 81 years (79 years for men, 84 years for women) as of 2020. In New Zealand, that number is 82 years (80 years for men, 84 years for women) as of 2020.

be 10.8% more likely to be obese


In United Kingdom, 27.8% of adults are obese as of 2016. In New Zealand, that number is 30.8% of people as of 2016.

Economy

pay a 26.7% lower top tax rate


United Kingdom has a top tax rate of 45.0% as of 2016. In New Zealand, the top tax rate is 33.0% as of 2016.

make 12.0% less money


United Kingdom has a GDP per capita of $44,300 as of 2017, while in New Zealand, the GDP per capita is $39,000 as of 2017.

Life

be 14.6% less likely to die during infancy


In United Kingdom, approximately 4.1 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In New Zealand, on the other hand, 3.5 children do as of 2020.

be 28.6% more likely to die during childbirth


In United Kingdom, approximately 7.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In New Zealand, 9.0 women do as of 2017.

Expenditures

spend 16.4% more on education


United Kingdom spends 5.5% of its total GDP on education as of 2016. New Zealand spends 6.4% of total GDP on education as of 2016.

Geography

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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