Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in New Zealand instead of American Samoa, you would:

Health

live 7.3 years longer


In American Samoa, the average life expectancy is 75 years (72 years for men, 78 years for women) as of 2020. In New Zealand, that number is 82 years (80 years for men, 84 years for women) as of 2020.

Economy

make 3.5 times more money


American Samoa has a GDP per capita of $11,200 as of 2016, while in New Zealand, the GDP per capita is $39,000 as of 2017.

be 84.2% less likely to be unemployed


In American Samoa, 29.8% of adults are unemployed as of 2005. In New Zealand, that number is 4.7% as of 2017.

Life

be 64.6% less likely to die during infancy


In American Samoa, approximately 9.9 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In New Zealand, on the other hand, 3.5 children do as of 2020.

have 28.1% fewer children


In American Samoa, there are approximately 17.8 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In New Zealand, there are 12.8 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 69.5% more likely to have access to electricity


In American Samoa, approximately 59% of the population has electricity access as of 2012. In New Zealand, 100% of the population do as of 2016.

be 2.9 times more likely to have internet access


In American Samoa, approximately 31.3% of the population has internet access as of 2016. In New Zealand, about 90.8% do as of 2018.

Geography

see 130.5 times more coastline


American Samoa has a total of 116 km of coastline. In New Zealand, that number is 15,134 km.

New Zealand: At a glance

New Zealand (sometimes abbreviated NZ) is a sovereign country in Australia-Oceania, with a total land area of approximately 264,537 sq km. The Polynesian Maori reached New Zealand in about A.D. 800. In 1840, their chieftains entered into a compact with Britain, the Treaty of Waitangi, in which they ceded sovereignty to Queen Victoria while retaining territorial rights. That same year, the British began the first organized colonial settlement. A series of land wars between 1843 and 1872 ended with the defeat of the native peoples. The British colony of New Zealand became an independent dominion in 1907 and supported the UK militarily in both world wars. New Zealand's full participation in a number of defense alliances lapsed by the 1980s. In recent years, the government has sought to address longstanding Maori grievances.

How big is New Zealand 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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