Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 13.3 years longer


In Cambodia, the average life expectancy is 66 years (63 years for men, 69 years for women) as of 2020. In Panama, that number is 79 years (76 years for men, 82 years for women) as of 2020.

be 5.8 times more likely to be obese


In Cambodia, 3.9% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Panama, that number is 22.7% of people as of 2016.

Economy

make 6.3 times more money


Cambodia has a GDP per capita of $4,000 as of 2017, while in Panama, the GDP per capita is $25,400 as of 2017.

be 20.0 times more likely to be unemployed


In Cambodia, 0.3% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Panama, that number is 6.0% as of 2017.

be 39.4% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In Cambodia, 16.5% live below the poverty line as of 2016. In Panama, however, that number is 23.0% as of 2015.

pay a 25.0% higher top tax rate


Cambodia has a top tax rate of 20.0% as of 2016. In Panama, the top tax rate is 25.0% as of 2016.

Life

be 67.5% less likely to die during childbirth


In Cambodia, approximately 160.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Panama, 52.0 women do as of 2017.

be 18.5% more likely to be literate


In Cambodia, the literacy rate is 80.5% as of 2015. In Panama, it is 95.4% as of 2018.

be 79.2% less likely to die during infancy


In Cambodia, approximately 43.7 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Panama, on the other hand, 9.1 children do as of 2020.

have 19.7% fewer children


In Cambodia, there are approximately 21.3 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Panama, there are 17.1 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 87.6% 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 Panama, that number is 93% of people on average (99% in urban areas, and 81% in rural areas) as of 2016.

be 44.7% more likely to have internet access


In Cambodia, approximately 40.0% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Panama, about 57.9% do as of 2018.

be 22.4% 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 Panama, that number is 98% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 95% in rural areas) as of 2017.

Expenditures

spend 68.4% more on education


Cambodia spends 1.9% of its total GDP on education as of 2014. Panama spends 3.2% of total GDP on education as of 2011.

Geography

see 5.6 times more coastline


Cambodia has a total of 443 km of coastline. In Panama, that number is 2,490 km.

Panama: At a glance

Panama is a sovereign country in Central America/Caribbean, with a total land area of approximately 74,340 sq km. Explored and settled by the Spanish in the 16th century, Panama broke with Spain in 1821 and joined a union of Colombia, Ecuador, and Venezuela - named the Republic of Gran Colombia. When the latter dissolved in 1830, Panama remained part of Colombia. With US backing, Panama seceded from Colombia in 1903 and promptly signed a treaty with the US allowing for the construction of a canal and US sovereignty over a strip of land on either side of the structure (the Panama Canal Zone). The Panama Canal was built by the US Army Corps of Engineers between 1904 and 1914. In 1977, an agreement was signed for the complete transfer of the Canal from the US to Panama by the end of the century. Certain portions of the Zone and increasing responsibility over the Canal were turned over in the subsequent decades. With US help, dictator Manuel NORIEGA was deposed in 1989. The entire Panama Canal, the area supporting the Canal, and remaining US military bases were transferred to Panama by the end of 1999. In October 2006, Panamanians approved an ambitious plan (estimated to cost $5.3 billion) to expand the Canal. The project, which began in 2007 and could double the Canal's capacity, is expected to be completed in 2015.

How big is Panama compared to Cambodia? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, General Directorate of Revenues, Panama, General Department of Taxation.

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