Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 8.3 years less


In China, the average life expectancy is 76 years (74 years for men, 78 years for women) as of 2020. In Papua New Guinea, that number is 68 years (66 years for men, 70 years for women) as of 2020.

be 3.4 times more likely to be obese


In China, 6.2% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Papua New Guinea, that number is 21.3% of people as of 2016.

Economy

be 35.9% less likely to be unemployed


In China, 3.9% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Papua New Guinea, that number is 2.5% as of 2017.

make 79.7% less money


China has a GDP per capita of $18,200 as of 2018, while in Papua New Guinea, the GDP per capita is $3,700 as of 2017.

be 11.2 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In China, 3.3% live below the poverty line as of 2016. In Papua New Guinea, however, that number is 37.0% as of 2002.

Life

have 94.0% more children


In China, there are approximately 11.6 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Papua New Guinea, there are 22.5 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

be 5.0 times more likely to die during childbirth


In China, approximately 29.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Papua New Guinea, 145.0 women do as of 2017.

be 33.7% less likely to be literate


In China, the literacy rate is 96.8% as of 2018. In Papua New Guinea, it is 64.2% as of 2015.

be 2.9 times more likely to die during infancy


In China, approximately 11.4 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Papua New Guinea, on the other hand, 33.2 children do as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 77.1% less likely to have access to electricity


In China, approximately 100% of the population has electricity access as of 2016. In Papua New Guinea, 23% of the population do as of 2016.

be 79.4% less likely to have internet access


In China, approximately 54.3% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Papua New Guinea, about 11.2% do as of 2018.

be 53.7% less likely to have access to improved drinking water


In China, approximately 93% of people have improved drinking water access (98% in urban areas, and 88% in rural areas) as of 2017. In Papua New Guinea, that number is 43% of people on average (89% in urban areas, and 36% in rural areas) as of 2017.

Geography

see 64.5% less coastline


China has a total of 14,500 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 China? 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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