Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 8.2 years longer


In Cambodia, the average life expectancy is 66 years (63 years for men, 69 years for women) as of 2020. In Palau, that number is 74 years (71 years for men, 78 years for women) as of 2020.

be 14.2 times more likely to be obese


In Cambodia, 3.9% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Palau, that number is 55.3% of people as of 2016.

Economy

make 3.7 times more money


Cambodia has a GDP per capita of $4,000 as of 2017, while in Palau, the GDP per capita is $14,700 as of 2017.

be 5.7 times more likely to be unemployed


In Cambodia, 0.3% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Palau, that number is 1.7% as of 2015.

be 50.9% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In Cambodia, 16.5% live below the poverty line as of 2016. In Palau, however, that number is 24.9% as of 2006.

Life

be 20.0% more likely to be literate


In Cambodia, the literacy rate is 80.5% as of 2015. In Palau, it is 96.6% as of 2015.

be 77.6% less likely to die during infancy


In Cambodia, approximately 43.7 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Palau, on the other hand, 9.8 children do as of 2020.

have 46.9% fewer children


In Cambodia, there are approximately 21.3 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Palau, there are 11.3 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 99.4% more likely to have access to electricity


In Cambodia, approximately 50% of people have electricity access (100% in urban areas, and 36% in rural areas) as of 2017. In Palau, that number is 99% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 97% in rural areas) as of 2016.

be 24.5% more likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Cambodia, approximately 80% of people have improved drinking water access (98% in urban areas, and 78% in rural areas) as of 2017. In Palau, that number is 100% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas) as of 2017.

be 10.0% less likely to have internet access


In Cambodia, approximately 40.0% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Palau, about 36.0% do as of 2016.

Geography

see 3.4 times more coastline


Cambodia has a total of 443 km of coastline. In Palau, that number is 1,519 km.

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 Cambodia? 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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