Quality of Life Comparison


If you lived in Palau instead of Burundi, you would:


live 12.5 years longer

In Burundi, the average life expectancy is 61 years (59 years for men, 63 years for women). In Palau, that number is 73 years (70 years for men, 77 years for women).

be 10.2 times more likely to be obese

In Burundi, 5.4% of adults are obese. In Palau, that number is 55.3% of people.


make 23.1 times more money

Burundi has a GDP per capita of $700, while in Palau, the GDP per capita is $16,200.


be 12.9% more likely to be literate

In Burundi, the literacy rate is 85.6%. In Palau, it is 96.6%.

be 82.0% less likely to die during infancy

In Burundi, approximately 58.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Palau, on the other hand, 10.6 children do.

have 72.6% fewer children

In Burundi, there are approximately 41.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Palau, there are 11.3 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 11.8 times more likely to have access to electricity

In Burundi, 5% of people have electricity access (28% in urban areas, and 2% in rural areas). In Palau, that number is 59% of people on average (62% in urban areas, and 45% in rural areas).

be 6.9 times more likely to have internet access

In Burundi, approximately 5.2% of the population has internet access. In Palau, about 36.0% do.

be 25.6% more likely to have access to improved drinking water

In Burundi, approximately 76% of people have improved drinking water access (91% in urban areas, and 74% in rural areas). In Palau, that number is 95% of people on average (97% in urban areas, and 86% in rural areas).


spend 20.0% more on healthcare

Burundi spends 7.5% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Palau, that number is 9.0% of GDP.

Palau: At a glance

Palau is a sovereign country in Australia-Oceania, with a total land area of approximately 459 sq km. After three decades as part of the UN Trust Territory of the Pacific under US administration, this westernmost cluster of the Caroline Islands opted for independence in 1978 rather than join the Federated States of Micronesia. A Compact of Free Association with the US was approved in 1986 but not ratified until 1993. It entered into force the following year when the islands gained independence.

How big is Palau compared to Burundi? 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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