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Country face-off: how does South Africa compare?

By July 27, 2016October 3rd,

Country face-off: how does South Africa compare?

July 27, 2016

It’s not always easy to compare different countries with each other if you don’t have the facts in front of you. Which one is safer? Which has a lower cost of living? Which one fairs better economically?

Well, we’ve done the leg-work for you and compared South Africa against the main South African immigration hubs around the world, namely: Australia, New Zealand, UK, Canada and the USA.

We’ve pitted the six nations against each other on several statistics which could prove significant push or pull factors for motivating emigration or immigration.

These statistics include:

  • Average monthly wage/salary
  • Crime level (world ranking)
  • Average years of schooling (adults)
  • Life expectancy at birth
  • Adventure (world ranking)
  • Gender equality
  • Entrepreneurship and development
  • Peace and safety

South Africa vs popular South African immigration destinations

  South Africa Australia New Zealand UK USA Canada
Average monthly wage/salary R17 422 R53 974 R38 447 R42 267 R46 524 R39 596
Crime level  (world ranking) 6th 47th 50th 42nd 30th 53rd
Average years of schooling (adults) 9.9 12.8 12.5 12.3 12.9 12.3
Life expectancy at birth


62.34 81.39 81.05


80.54 79.68



(world ranking)

25th 6th 5th 33rd 27th 15th
Gender equality (where 1 is equality and 0 is inequality) 0,759 0,733 0,782 0,758 0,740 0,740
Entrepreneurship and development


51st 3rd Not ranked 10th 1st 2nd
Peace and safety


126th 15th 4th 47th 103rd 8th

So, as expected, South Africa doesn’t fare that well when compared to the top safa expat destinations, two areas where we fair quite well, however, are adventure and gender equality.

Of course, it’s hard to compare countries on intangible factors – like the emotional connection you have with the country, your affinity for its religious, political or social atmosphere and convictions, and your personal immersion in the culture. Whether or not you choose one over the other is therefore a personal choice – no one can prescribe a final destination to you. No matter where you are though – we hope you feel at home.


  1. Human Development Reports
  2. Trading Economics
  3. Wikipedia – average wage
  4. Nationmaster
  5. CIA World Factbook
  6. US News
  7. Economic Forum
  8. Global Entrepreneurship and Development Index
  9. Wikipedia – Global Peace Index

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