Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in South Korea instead of Zimbabwe, you would:

Health

live 22.1 years longer


In Zimbabwe, the average life expectancy is 60 years (58 years for men, 62 years for women). In South Korea, that number is 82 years (79 years for men, 86 years for women).

be 69.7% less likely to be obese


In Zimbabwe, 15.5% of adults are obese. In South Korea, that number is 4.7% of people.

Economy

make 17.1 times more money


Zimbabwe has a GDP per capita of $2,300, while in South Korea, the GDP per capita is $39,400.

be 67.3% less likely to be unemployed


In Zimbabwe, 11.3% of adults are unemployed. In South Korea, that number is 3.7%.

be 80.1% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Zimbabwe, 72.3% live below the poverty line. In South Korea, however, that number is 14.4%.

spend 24.0% less on taxes


Zimbabwe has a top tax rate of 50.0%. In South Korea, the top tax rate is 38.0%.

Life

be 97.5% less likely to die during childbirth


In Zimbabwe, approximately 443.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In South Korea, 11.0 women do.

be 90.8% less likely to die during infancy


In Zimbabwe, approximately 32.7 children die before they reach the age of one. In South Korea, on the other hand, 3.0 children do.

have 75.7% less children


In Zimbabwe, there are approximately 34.2 babies per 1,000 people. In South Korea, there are 8.3 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 2.5 times more likely to have access to electricity


In Zimbabwe, 40% of the population has electricity access. In South Korea, 100% of the population do.

be 3.9 times more likely to have internet access


In Zimbabwe, approximately 23.1% of the population has internet access. In South Korea, about 89.9% do.

be 27.2% more likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Zimbabwe, approximately 77% of people have improved drinking water access (97% in urban areas, and 67% in rural areas). In South Korea, that number is 98% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 88% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 39.3% less on education


Zimbabwe spends 8.4% of its total GDP on education. South Korea spends 5.1% of total GDP on education.

spend 15.6% more on healthcare


Zimbabwe spends 6.4% of its total GDP on healthcare. In South Korea, that number is 7.4% of GDP.

South Korea: At a glance

South Korea (sometimes abbreviated ROK) is a sovereign country in East/Southeast Asia, with a total land area of approximately 96,920 sq km. An independent kingdom for much of its long history, Korea was occupied by Japan beginning in 1905 following the Russo-Japanese War. In 1910, Tokyo formally annexed the entire Peninsula. Korea regained its independence following Japan's surrender to the United States in 1945. After World War II, a democratic-based government (Republic of Korea, ROK) was set up in the southern half of the Korean Peninsula while a communist-style government was installed in the north (Democratic People's Republic of Korea, DPRK). During the Korean War (1950-53), US troops and UN forces fought alongside ROK soldiers to defend South Korea from a DPRK invasion supported by China and the Soviet Union. A 1953 armistice split the peninsula along a demilitarized zone at about the 38th parallel. PARK Chung-hee took over leadership of the country in a 1961 coup. During his regime, from 1961 to 1979, South Korea achieved rapid economic growth, with per capita income rising to roughly 17 times the level of North Korea. South Korea held its first free presidential election under a revised democratic constitution in 1987, with former ROK Army general ROH Tae-woo winning a close race. In 1993, KIM Young-sam (1993-98) became the first civilian president of South Korea's new democratic era. President KIM Dae-jung (1998-2003) won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2000 for his contributions to South Korean democracy and his "Sunshine" policy of engagement with North Korea. President PARK Geun-hye, daughter of former ROK President PARK Chung-hee, took office in February 2013 and is South Korea's first female leader. South Korea holds a non-permanent seat (2013-14) on the UN Security Council and will host the 2018 Winter Olympic Games. Serious tensions with North Korea have punctuated inter-Korean relations in recent years, including the North's attacks on a South Korean ship and island in 2010, nuclear and missile tests, and its temporary closure of the inter-Korean Kaesong Industrial Complex in 2013.

How big is South Korea compared to Zimbabwe? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, National Tax Service, South Korea, Zimbabwe Revenue Authority.

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