Guest Post by Karli Jaenike
As travel enthusiasts, I’m sure everyone reading this has imagined life in another country. Heck, most of you have probably experienced it! But, have you ever considered living somewhere with drastically different economic and social norms than your own?
Questions might come to mind about how much you might make if you worked in that country. Would you have more free time? Would you be more or less safe?
While it’s impossible to tell for sure until you actually do it, statistics can help give us a view into what life might be like across the globe. That’s why HireAHelper has put together this wonderful country comparison tool. You can select two countries and see how the statistics stack up against one another.
For instance, if you’re comparing the United States and the United Kingdom you can see that the U.K. has 14% more debt than the U.S. They also have 6% less free time and make 27% less per year. If you’re concerned with personal safety, note that you’re also 89% less likely to be murdered living in the U.K., making it a much safer place to live than the US!
If you’d like a more drastic comparison you can compare the United States and Venezuela. Seeing that you are 91% more likely to be murdered here than in the U.S. (when the U.S. already has a higher rate than most developed countries) may be a good signal not to move there.
Looking at the same chart you can see that people in Venezuela have 67% less debt, but they also have 50% less saved. They have drastically less internet users (92% less) but are also 29% less likely to be obese.
Comparing the U.S. and Thailand, a popular place for expats, you can see that people in Thailand have 44% less debt, are 72% less likely to be obese, and are 84% less likely to be unemployed. Thai citizens also have 47% more saved (relative to income, of course), are less likely to be obese (72%) and are less likely to be murdered (28%). Thailand looks like a good prospect to me!
If you think those comparisons are fun, you should check out the tool for yourself! You can compare stats like debt, income, percent of internet users, health issues like obesity, education spending, lifespan and employment rate. Have fun!
About the Author
Karli Jaenike is a content specialist who specializes in everything lifestyle, travel and real estate. When she’s not creating killer content she enjoys traveling, hiking, watching live music and sipping a nice glass of rosé.