Quality of Life Comparison


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


be 90.3% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS

In Zambia, 11.3% of people are living with AIDS/HIV as of 2018. In Thailand, that number is 1.1% of people as of 2018.

live 22.0 years longer

In Zambia, the average life expectancy is 54 years (52 years for men, 55 years for women) as of 2020. In Thailand, that number is 76 years (72 years for men, 79 years for women) as of 2020.

be 23.5% more likely to be obese

In Zambia, 8.1% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Thailand, that number is 10.0% of people as of 2016.


make 4.5 times more money

Zambia has a GDP per capita of $4,000 as of 2017, while in Thailand, the GDP per capita is $17,900 as of 2017.

be 95.3% less likely to be unemployed

In Zambia, 15.0% of adults are unemployed as of 2008. In Thailand, that number is 0.7% as of 2017.

be 86.8% less likely to be live below the poverty line

In Zambia, 54.4% live below the poverty line as of 2015. In Thailand, however, that number is 7.2% as of 2015.


be 82.6% less likely to die during childbirth

In Zambia, approximately 213.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Thailand, 37.0 women do as of 2017.

be 84.6% less likely to die during infancy

In Zambia, approximately 56.0 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Thailand, on the other hand, 8.6 children do as of 2020.

have 73.5% fewer children

In Zambia, there are approximately 40.4 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Thailand, there are 10.7 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 Thailand, 100% of the population do as of 2016.

be 4.0 times more likely to have internet access

In Zambia, approximately 14.3% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Thailand, about 56.8% 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 Thailand, that number is 100% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas) as of 2017.

Thailand: At a glance

Thailand is a sovereign country in East/Southeast Asia, with a total land area of approximately 510,890 sq km. A unified Thai kingdom was established in the mid-14th century. Known as Siam until 1939, Thailand is the only Southeast Asian country never to have been taken over by a European power. A bloodless revolution in 1932 led to a constitutional monarchy. In alliance with Japan during World War II, Thailand became a US treaty ally in 1954 after sending troops to Korea and later fighting alongside the United States in Vietnam. Thailand since 2005 has experienced several rounds of political turmoil including a military coup in 2006 that ousted then Prime Minister THAKSIN Chinnawat, followed by large-scale street protests by competing political factions in 2008, 2009, and 2010. THAKSIN's youngest sister, YINGLAK Chinnawat, in 2011 led the Puea Thai Party to an electoral win and assumed control of the government. A blanket amnesty bill for individuals involved in street protests, altered at the last minute to include all political crimes - including all convictions against THAKSIN - triggered months of large-scale anti-government protests in Bangkok beginning in November 2013. In early May 2014 YINGLAK was removed from office and in late May 2014 the Royal Thai Army staged a coup against the caretaker government. Thailand has also experienced violence associated with the ethno-nationalist insurgency in Thailand's southern Malay-Muslim majority provinces. Since January 2004, thousands have been killed and wounded in the insurgency.

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

The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook.


Join the Elsewhere community and ask a question about Thailand. It's a free, question-and-answer based forum to discuss what life is like in countries and cities around the world.

Share this