Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Fiji instead of American Samoa, you would:

Economy

be 81.5% less likely to be unemployed


In American Samoa, 29.8% of adults are unemployed. In Fiji, that number is 5.5%.

make 12.5% less money


American Samoa has a GDP per capita of $11,200, while in Fiji, the GDP per capita is $9,800.

Life

be 15.9% less likely to die during infancy


In American Samoa, approximately 11.3 children die before they reach the age of one. In Fiji, on the other hand, 9.5 children do.

Basic Needs

be 48.6% more likely to have internet access


In American Samoa, approximately 31.3% of the population has internet access. In Fiji, about 46.5% do.

Geography

see 9.7 times more coastline


American Samoa has a total of 116 km of coastline. In Fiji, that number is 1,129 km.

Fiji: At a glance

Fiji is a sovereign country in Australia-Oceania, with a total land area of approximately 18,274 sq km. Fiji became independent in 1970 after nearly a century as a British colony. Democratic rule was interrupted by two military coups in 1987 caused by concern over a government perceived as dominated by the Indian community (descendants of contract laborers brought to the islands by the British in the 19th century). The coups and a 1990 constitution that cemented native Melanesian control of Fiji led to heavy Indian emigration; the population loss resulted in economic difficulties, but ensured that Melanesians became the majority. A new constitution enacted in 1997 was more equitable. Free and peaceful elections in 1999 resulted in a government led by an Indo-Fijian, but a civilian-led coup in May 2000 ushered in a prolonged period of political turmoil. Parliamentary elections held in August 2001 provided Fiji with a democratically elected government led by Prime Minister Laisenia QARASE. Re-elected in May 2006, QARASE was ousted in a December 2006 military coup led by Commodore Voreqe BAINIMARAMA, who initially appointed himself acting president but in January 2007 became interim prime minister. Since taking power BAINIMARAMA has neutralized his opponents, crippled Fiji's democratic institutions, and initially refused to hold elections. In 2012, he promised to hold elections in 2014.

How big is Fiji compared to American Samoa? See an in-depth size comparison.


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

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