Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Australia instead of French Polynesia, you would:

Health

live 4.9 years longer


In French Polynesia, the average life expectancy is 77 years (75 years for men, 80 years for women). In Australia, that number is 82 years (80 years for men, 85 years for women).

Economy

make 3.0 times more money


French Polynesia has a GDP per capita of $17,000, while in Australia, the GDP per capita is $50,300.

be 74.3% less likely to be unemployed


In French Polynesia, 21.8% of adults are unemployed. In Australia, that number is 5.6%.

Life

have 18.2% less children


In French Polynesia, there are approximately 14.8 babies per 1,000 people. In Australia, there are 12.1 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 69.5% more likely to have access to electricity


In French Polynesia, 59% of the population has electricity access. In Australia, 100% of the population do.

be 28.9% more likely to have internet access


In French Polynesia, approximately 68.4% of the population has internet access. In Australia, about 88.2% do.

Geography

see 10.2 times more coastline


French Polynesia has a total of 2,525 km of coastline. In Australia, that number is 25,760 km.

Australia: At a glance

Australia is a sovereign country in Australia-Oceania, with a total land area of approximately 7,682,300 sq km. Prehistoric settlers arrived on the continent from Southeast Asia at least 40,000 years before the first Europeans began exploration in the 17th century. No formal territorial claims were made until 1770, when Capt. James COOK took possession of the east coast in the name of Great Britain (all of Australia was claimed as British territory in 1829 with the creation of the colony of Western Australia). Six colonies were created in the late 18th and 19th centuries; they federated and became the Commonwealth of Australia in 1901. The new country took advantage of its natural resources to rapidly develop agricultural and manufacturing industries and to make a major contribution to the Allied effort in World Wars I and II. In recent decades, Australia has become an internationally competitive, advanced market economy due in large part to economic reforms adopted in the 1980s and its location in one of the fastest growing regions of the world economy. Long-term concerns include aging of the population, pressure on infrastructure, and environmental issues such as floods, droughts, and bushfires. Australia is the driest inhabited continent on earth, making it particularly vulnerable to the challenges of climate change. Australia is home to 10 per cent of the world's biodiversity, and a great number of its flora and fauna exist nowhere else in the world. In January 2013, Australia assumed a nonpermanent seat on the UN Security Council for the 2013-14 term.

How big is Australia compared to French Polynesia? 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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