Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in New Zealand instead of Cook Islands, you would:

Health

live 5.3 years longer


In Cook Islands, the average life expectancy is 76 years (73 years for men, 79 years for women). In New Zealand, that number is 81 years (79 years for men, 84 years for women).

be 44.9% less likely to be obese


In Cook Islands, 55.9% of adults are obese. In New Zealand, that number is 30.8% of people.

Economy

make 2.3 times more money


Cook Islands has a GDP per capita of $16,700, while in New Zealand, the GDP per capita is $38,900.

be 62.6% less likely to be unemployed


In Cook Islands, 13.1% of adults are unemployed. In New Zealand, that number is 4.9%.

Life

be 66.2% less likely to die during infancy


In Cook Islands, approximately 13.0 children die before they reach the age of one. In New Zealand, on the other hand, 4.4 children do.

Basic Needs

be 63.9% more likely to have internet access


In Cook Islands, approximately 54.0% of the population has internet access. In New Zealand, about 88.5% do.

Expenditures

spend 34.0% more on education


Cook Islands spends 4.7% of its total GDP on education. New Zealand spends 6.3% of total GDP on education.

spend 3.2 times more on healthcare


Cook Islands spends 3.4% of its total GDP on healthcare. In New Zealand, that number is 11.0% of GDP.

Geography

see 126.1 times more coastline


Cook Islands has a total of 120 km of coastline. In New Zealand, that number is 15,134 km.

New Zealand: At a glance

New Zealand (sometimes abbreviated NZ) is a sovereign country in Australia-Oceania, with a total land area of approximately 264,537 sq km. The Polynesian Maori reached New Zealand in about A.D. 800. In 1840, their chieftains entered into a compact with Britain, the Treaty of Waitangi, in which they ceded sovereignty to Queen Victoria while retaining territorial rights. That same year, the British began the first organized colonial settlement. A series of land wars between 1843 and 1872 ended with the defeat of the native peoples. The British colony of New Zealand became an independent dominion in 1907 and supported the UK militarily in both world wars. New Zealand's full participation in a number of defense alliances lapsed by the 1980s. In recent years, the government has sought to address longstanding Maori grievances.

How big is New Zealand compared to Cook Islands? 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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