Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Costa Rica instead of French Polynesia, you would:

Health

live 1.3 years longer


In French Polynesia, the average life expectancy is 77 years (75 years for men, 80 years for women). In Costa Rica, that number is 79 years (76 years for men, 82 years for women).

Economy

be 62.8% less likely to be unemployed


In French Polynesia, 21.8% of adults are unemployed. In Costa Rica, that number is 8.1%.

be 10.2% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In French Polynesia, 19.7% live below the poverty line. In Costa Rica, however, that number is 21.7%.

Life

be 73.9% more likely to die during infancy


In French Polynesia, approximately 4.6 children die before they reach the age of one. In Costa Rica, on the other hand, 8.0 children do.

Basic Needs

be 68.6% more likely to have access to electricity


In French Polynesia, 59% of people have electricity access (72% in urban areas, and 45% in rural areas). In Costa Rica, that number is 100% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 98% in rural areas).

Geography

see 48.9% less coastline


French Polynesia has a total of 2,525 km of coastline. In Costa Rica, that number is 1,290 km.

Costa Rica: At a glance

Costa Rica is a sovereign country in Central America/Caribbean, with a total land area of approximately 51,060 sq km. Although explored by the Spanish early in the 16th century, initial attempts at colonizing Costa Rica proved unsuccessful due to a combination of factors, including disease from mosquito-infested swamps, brutal heat, resistance by natives, and pirate raids. It was not until 1563 that a permanent settlement of Cartago was established in the cooler, fertile central highlands. The area remained a colony for some two and a half centuries. In 1821, Costa Rica became one of several Central American provinces that jointly declared their independence from Spain. Two years later it joined the United Provinces of Central America, but this federation disintegrated in 1838, at which time Costa Rica proclaimed its sovereignty and independence. Since the late 19th century, only two brief periods of violence have marred the country's democratic development. In 1949, Costa Rica dissolved its armed forces. Although it still maintains a large agricultural sector, Costa Rica has expanded its economy to include strong technology and tourism industries. The standard of living is relatively high. Land ownership is widespread.

How big is Costa Rica 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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