Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Australia instead of Zambia, you would:

Health

be 99.1% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Zambia, 11.3% of people are living with AIDS/HIV as of 2018. In Australia, that number is 0.1% of people as of 2018.

live 29.1 years longer


In Zambia, the average life expectancy is 54 years (52 years for men, 55 years for women) as of 2020. In Australia, that number is 83 years (80 years for men, 85 years for women) as of 2020.

be 3.6 times more likely to be obese


In Zambia, 8.1% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Australia, that number is 29.0% of people as of 2016.

Economy

make 12.6 times more money


Zambia has a GDP per capita of $4,000 as of 2017, while in Australia, the GDP per capita is $50,400 as of 2017.

be 62.7% less likely to be unemployed


In Zambia, 15.0% of adults are unemployed as of 2008. In Australia, that number is 5.6% as of 2017.

pay a 28.6% higher top tax rate


Zambia has a top tax rate of 35.0% as of 2016. In Australia, the top tax rate is 45.0% as of 2016.

Life

be 97.2% less likely to die during childbirth


In Zambia, approximately 213.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Australia, 6.0 women do as of 2017.

be 94.5% less likely to die during infancy


In Zambia, approximately 56.0 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Australia, on the other hand, 3.1 children do as of 2020.

have 69.3% fewer children


In Zambia, there are approximately 40.4 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Australia, there are 12.4 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 3.0 times more likely to have access to electricity


In Zambia, approximately 33% of the population has electricity access as of 2017. In Australia, 100% of the population do as of 2016.

be 6.1 times more likely to have internet access


In Zambia, approximately 14.3% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Australia, about 86.5% do as of 2018.

be 48.1% more likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Zambia, approximately 68% of people have improved drinking water access (90% in urban areas, and 51% in rural areas) as of 2017. In Australia, that number is 100% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas) as of 2017.

Australia: At a glance

Australia is a sovereign country in Australia-Oceania, with a total land area of approximately 7,682,300 sq km. Prehistoric settlers arrived on the continent from Southeast Asia at least 40,000 years before the first Europeans began exploration in the 17th century. No formal territorial claims were made until 1770, when Capt. James COOK took possession of the east coast in the name of Great Britain (all of Australia was claimed as British territory in 1829 with the creation of the colony of Western Australia). Six colonies were created in the late 18th and 19th centuries; they federated and became the Commonwealth of Australia in 1901. The new country took advantage of its natural resources to rapidly develop agricultural and manufacturing industries and to make a major contribution to the Allied effort in World Wars I and II. In recent decades, Australia has become an internationally competitive, advanced market economy due in large part to economic reforms adopted in the 1980s and its location in one of the fastest growing regions of the world economy. Long-term concerns include aging of the population, pressure on infrastructure, and environmental issues such as floods, droughts, and bushfires. Australia is the driest inhabited continent on earth, making it particularly vulnerable to the challenges of climate change. Australia is home to 10 per cent of the world's biodiversity, and a great number of its flora and fauna exist nowhere else in the world. In January 2013, Australia assumed a nonpermanent seat on the UN Security Council for the 2013-14 term.

How big is Australia compared to Zambia? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Australian Taxation Office, Zambia Revenue Authority.

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