Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 6.1 years less


In American Samoa, the average life expectancy is 73 years (71 years for men, 76 years for women). In Papua New Guinea, that number is 67 years (65 years for men, 70 years for women).

Economy

be 91.6% less likely to be unemployed


In American Samoa, 29.8% of adults are unemployed. In Papua New Guinea, that number is 2.5%.

make 67.0% less money


American Samoa has a GDP per capita of $11,200, while in Papua New Guinea, the GDP per capita is $3,700.

Life

have 20.9% more children


In American Samoa, there are approximately 19.6 babies per 1,000 people. In Papua New Guinea, there are 23.7 babies per 1,000 people.

be 3.2 times more likely to die during infancy


In American Samoa, approximately 11.3 children die before they reach the age of one. In Papua New Guinea, on the other hand, 36.3 children do.

Basic Needs

be 69.5% less likely to have access to electricity


In American Samoa, 59% of people have electricity access (60% in urban areas, and 45% in rural areas). In Papua New Guinea, that number is 18% of people on average (72% in urban areas, and 10% in rural areas).

be 69.3% less likely to have internet access


In American Samoa, approximately 31.3% of the population has internet access. In Papua New Guinea, about 9.6% do.

be 60.0% less likely to have access to improved drinking water


In American Samoa, approximately 100% of people have improved drinking water access (100% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas). In Papua New Guinea, that number is 40% of people on average (88% in urban areas, and 33% in rural areas).

Geography

see 44.4 times more coastline


American Samoa has a total of 116 km of coastline. In Papua New Guinea, that number is 5,152 km.

Papua New Guinea: At a glance

Papua New Guinea (sometimes abbreviated PNG) is a sovereign country in East/Southeast Asia, with a total land area of approximately 452,860 sq km. The eastern half of the island of New Guinea - second largest in the world - was divided between Germany (north) and the UK (south) in 1885. The latter area was transferred to Australia in 1902, which occupied the northern portion during World War I and continued to administer the combined areas until independence in 1975. A nine-year secessionist revolt on the island of Bougainville ended in 1997 after claiming some 20,000 lives.

How big is Papua New Guinea 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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