Quality of Life Comparison


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


live 6.1 years less

In Bangladesh, 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).

be 5.9 times more likely to be obese

In Bangladesh, 3.6% of adults are obese. In Papua New Guinea, that number is 21.3% of people.


be 37.5% less likely to be unemployed

In Bangladesh, 4.0% of adults are unemployed. In Papua New Guinea, that number is 2.5%.

make 11.9% less money

Bangladesh has a GDP per capita of $4,200, while in Papua New Guinea, the GDP per capita is $3,700.

be 52.3% more likely to be live below the poverty line

In Bangladesh, 24.3% live below the poverty line. In Papua New Guinea, however, that number is 37.0%.

spend 40.0% more on taxes

Bangladesh has a top tax rate of 30.0%. In Papua New Guinea, the top tax rate is 42.0%.


have 26.1% more children

In Bangladesh, there are approximately 18.8 babies per 1,000 people. In Papua New Guinea, there are 23.7 babies per 1,000 people.

be 22.2% more likely to die during childbirth

In Bangladesh, approximately 176.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Papua New Guinea, 215.0 women do.

be 11.8% less likely to be literate

In Bangladesh, the literacy rate is 72.8%. In Papua New Guinea, it is 64.2%.

be 14.5% more likely to die during infancy

In Bangladesh, approximately 31.7 children die before they reach the age of one. In Papua New Guinea, on the other hand, 36.3 children do.

Basic Needs

be 70.0% less likely to have access to electricity

In Bangladesh, 60% of people have electricity access (90% in urban areas, and 49% 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 47.3% less likely to have internet access

In Bangladesh, approximately 18.2% of the population has internet access. In Papua New Guinea, about 9.6% do.

be 54.0% less likely to have access to improved drinking water

In Bangladesh, approximately 87% of people have improved drinking water access (86% in urban areas, and 87% in rural areas). In Papua New Guinea, that number is 40% of people on average (88% in urban areas, and 33% in rural areas).


spend 53.6% more on healthcare

Bangladesh spends 2.8% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Papua New Guinea, that number is 4.3% of GDP.


see 8.9 times more coastline

Bangladesh has a total of 580 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 Bangladesh? See an in-depth size comparison.

The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Internal Revenue Commission, Papua New Guinea, National Board of Revenue (NBR), Bangladesh.


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