Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Thailand instead of Cook Islands, you would:

Health

be 82.1% less likely to be obese


In Cook Islands, 55.9% of adults are obese. In Thailand, that number is 10.0% of people.

live 1.1 years less


In Cook Islands, the average life expectancy is 76 years (73 years for men, 79 years for women). In Thailand, that number is 75 years (72 years for men, 78 years for women).

Economy

be 94.7% less likely to be unemployed


In Cook Islands, 13.1% of adults are unemployed. In Thailand, that number is 0.7%.

Life

be 29.2% less likely to die during infancy


In Cook Islands, approximately 13.0 children die before they reach the age of one. In Thailand, on the other hand, 9.2 children do.

have 21.4% less children


In Cook Islands, there are approximately 14.0 babies per 1,000 people. In Thailand, there are 11.0 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 12.0% less likely to have internet access


In Cook Islands, approximately 54.0% of the population has internet access. In Thailand, about 47.5% do.

Expenditures

spend 12.8% less on education


Cook Islands spends 4.7% of its total GDP on education. Thailand spends 4.1% of total GDP on education.

spend 91.2% more on healthcare


Cook Islands spends 3.4% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Thailand, that number is 6.5% of GDP.

Geography

see 26.8 times more coastline


Cook Islands has a total of 120 km of coastline. In Thailand, that number is 3,219 km.

Thailand: At a glance

Thailand is a sovereign country in East/Southeast Asia, with a total land area of approximately 510,890 sq km. A unified Thai kingdom was established in the mid-14th century. Known as Siam until 1939, Thailand is the only Southeast Asian country never to have been taken over by a European power. A bloodless revolution in 1932 led to a constitutional monarchy. In alliance with Japan during World War II, Thailand became a US treaty ally in 1954 after sending troops to Korea and later fighting alongside the United States in Vietnam. Thailand since 2005 has experienced several rounds of political turmoil including a military coup in 2006 that ousted then Prime Minister THAKSIN Chinnawat, followed by large-scale street protests by competing political factions in 2008, 2009, and 2010. THAKSIN's youngest sister, YINGLAK Chinnawat, in 2011 led the Puea Thai Party to an electoral win and assumed control of the government. A blanket amnesty bill for individuals involved in street protests, altered at the last minute to include all political crimes - including all convictions against THAKSIN - triggered months of large-scale anti-government protests in Bangkok beginning in November 2013. In early May 2014 YINGLAK was removed from office and in late May 2014 the Royal Thai Army staged a coup against the caretaker government. Thailand has also experienced violence associated with the ethno-nationalist insurgency in Thailand's southern Malay-Muslim majority provinces. Since January 2004, thousands have been killed and wounded in the insurgency.

How big is Thailand 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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