Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 4.4 years less


In French Polynesia, the average life expectancy is 77 years (75 years for men, 80 years for women). In Fiji, that number is 73 years (70 years for men, 76 years for women).

Economy

be 74.8% less likely to be unemployed


In French Polynesia, 21.8% of adults are unemployed. In Fiji, that number is 5.5%.

make 42.4% less money


French Polynesia has a GDP per capita of $17,000, while in Fiji, the GDP per capita is $9,800.

be 57.4% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In French Polynesia, 19.7% live below the poverty line. In Fiji, however, that number is 31.0%.

Life

have 25.7% more children


In French Polynesia, there are approximately 14.8 babies per 1,000 people. In Fiji, there are 18.6 babies per 1,000 people.

be 2.1 times more likely to die during infancy


In French Polynesia, approximately 4.6 children die before they reach the age of one. In Fiji, on the other hand, 9.5 children do.

Basic Needs

be 32.0% less likely to have internet access


In French Polynesia, approximately 68.4% of the population has internet access. In Fiji, about 46.5% do.

Geography

see 55.3% less coastline


French Polynesia has a total of 2,525 km of coastline. In Fiji, that number is 1,129 km.

Fiji: At a glance

Fiji is a sovereign country in Australia-Oceania, with a total land area of approximately 18,274 sq km. Fiji became independent in 1970 after nearly a century as a British colony. Democratic rule was interrupted by two military coups in 1987 caused by concern over a government perceived as dominated by the Indian community (descendants of contract laborers brought to the islands by the British in the 19th century). The coups and a 1990 constitution that cemented native Melanesian control of Fiji led to heavy Indian emigration; the population loss resulted in economic difficulties, but ensured that Melanesians became the majority. A new constitution enacted in 1997 was more equitable. Free and peaceful elections in 1999 resulted in a government led by an Indo-Fijian, but a civilian-led coup in May 2000 ushered in a prolonged period of political turmoil. Parliamentary elections held in August 2001 provided Fiji with a democratically elected government led by Prime Minister Laisenia QARASE. Re-elected in May 2006, QARASE was ousted in a December 2006 military coup led by Commodore Voreqe BAINIMARAMA, who initially appointed himself acting president but in January 2007 became interim prime minister. Since taking power BAINIMARAMA has neutralized his opponents, crippled Fiji's democratic institutions, and initially refused to hold elections. In 2012, he promised to hold elections in 2014.

How big is Fiji 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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