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


live 1.5 years less

In China, the average life expectancy is 76 years (74 years for men, 81 years for women) as of 2020. In Palau, that number is 75 years (71 years for men, 78 years for women) as of 2022.

be 8.9 times more likely to be obese

In China, 6.2% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Palau, that number is 55.3% of people as of 2016.


be 65.9% less likely to be unemployed

In China, 5.0% of adults are unemployed as of 2022. In Palau, that number is 1.7% as of 2015.

make 22.5% less money

China has a GDP per capita of $18,200 as of 2022, while in Palau, the GDP per capita is $14,100 as of 2021.


have 13.7% more children

In China, there are approximately 10.2 babies per 1,000 people as of 2024. In Palau, there are 11.6 babies per 1,000 people as of 2024.

be 66.9% more likely to die during infancy

In China, approximately 6.8 children (per 1,000 live births) die before they reach the age of one as of 2022. In Palau, on the other hand, 11.3 children do as of 2022.

Basic Needs

be 49.0% less likely to have internet access

In China, approximately 73.0% of the population has internet access as of 2021. In Palau, about 37.2% do as of 2021.


spend 88.9% more on education

China spends 3.6% of its total GDP on education as of 2020. Palau spends 6.8% of total GDP on education as of 2019.

spend 3.3 times more on healthcare

China spends 5.6% of its total GDP on healthcare as of 2020. In Palau, that number is 18.4% of GDP as of 2020.


see 89.5% less coastline

China has a total of 14,500 km of coastline. In Palau, that number is 1,519 km.

The statistics above were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook.

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.
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