Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 13.8 years less


In Belgium, the average life expectancy is 81 years (78 years for men, 84 years for women). In Papua New Guinea, that number is 67 years (65 years for men, 70 years for women).

Economy

be 65.8% less likely to be unemployed


In Belgium, 7.3% of adults are unemployed. In Papua New Guinea, that number is 2.5%.

spend 21.8% less on taxes


Belgium has a top tax rate of 53.7%. In Papua New Guinea, the top tax rate is 42.0%.

make 92.1% less money


Belgium has a GDP per capita of $46,600, while in Papua New Guinea, the GDP per capita is $3,700.

be 2.5 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In Belgium, 15.1% live below the poverty line. In Papua New Guinea, however, that number is 37.0%.

Life

have 2.1 times more children


In Belgium, there are approximately 11.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Papua New Guinea, there are 23.7 babies per 1,000 people.

be 30.7 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Belgium, approximately 7.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Papua New Guinea, 215.0 women do.

be 10.7 times more likely to die during infancy


In Belgium, approximately 3.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Papua New Guinea, on the other hand, 36.3 children do.

Basic Needs

be 82.0% less likely to have access to electricity


In Belgium, 100% of the population has electricity access. In Papua New Guinea, 18% of the population do.

be 88.9% less likely to have internet access


In Belgium, approximately 86.5% 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 Belgium, 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).

Expenditures

spend 59.4% less on healthcare


Belgium spends 10.6% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Papua New Guinea, that number is 4.3% of GDP.

Geography

see 77.5 times more coastline


Belgium has a total of 66 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 Belgium? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: Service Public Fédéral Finances, The World Factbook, Internal Revenue Commission, Papua New Guinea.

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