Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 13.2 years less


In French Polynesia, the average life expectancy is 77 years (75 years for men, 80 years for women). In Haiti, that number is 64 years (62 years for men, 67 years for women).

Economy

make 89.4% less money


French Polynesia has a GDP per capita of $17,000, while in Haiti, the GDP per capita is $1,800.

be 86.2% more likely to be unemployed


In French Polynesia, 21.8% of adults are unemployed. In Haiti, that number is 40.6%.

be 3.0 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In French Polynesia, 19.7% live below the poverty line. In Haiti, however, that number is 58.5%.

Life

have 55.4% more children


In French Polynesia, there are approximately 14.8 babies per 1,000 people. In Haiti, there are 23.0 babies per 1,000 people.

be 10.2 times more likely to die during infancy


In French Polynesia, approximately 4.6 children die before they reach the age of one. In Haiti, on the other hand, 46.8 children do.

Basic Needs

be 35.6% less 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 Haiti, that number is 38% of people on average (72% in urban areas, and 15% in rural areas).

be 82.2% less likely to have internet access


In French Polynesia, approximately 68.4% of the population has internet access. In Haiti, about 12.2% do.

be 42.3% less likely to have access to improved drinking water


In French Polynesia, approximately 100% of people have improved drinking water access (100% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas). In Haiti, that number is 58% of people on average (65% in urban areas, and 48% in rural areas).

Geography

see 29.9% less coastline


French Polynesia has a total of 2,525 km of coastline. In Haiti, that number is 1,771 km.

Haiti: At a glance

Haiti is a sovereign country in Central America/Caribbean, with a total land area of approximately 27,560 sq km. The native Taino - who inhabited the island of Hispaniola when it was discovered by Christopher COLUMBUS in 1492 - were virtually annihilated by Spanish settlers within 25 years. In the early 17th century, the French established a presence on Hispaniola. In 1697, Spain ceded to the French the western third of the island, which later became Haiti. The French colony, based on forestry and sugar-related industries, became one of the wealthiest in the Caribbean but only through the heavy importation of African slaves and considerable environmental degradation. In the late 18th century, Haiti's nearly half million slaves revolted under Toussaint L'OUVERTURE. After a prolonged struggle, Haiti became the first post-colonial black-led nation in the world, declaring its independence in 1804. Currently the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, Haiti has experienced political instability for most of its history. After an armed rebellion led to the forced resignation and exile of President Jean-Bertrand ARISTIDE in February 2004, an interim government took office to organize new elections under the auspices of the United Nations. Continued instability and technical delays prompted repeated postponements, but Haiti inaugurated a democratically elected president and parliament in May of 2006. This was followed by contested elections in 2010 that resulted in the election of Haiti's current President, Michel MARTELLY. A massive magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti in January 2010 with an epicenter about 25 km (15 mi) west of the capital, Port-au-Prince. Estimates are that over 300,000 people were killed and some 1.5 million left homeless. The earthquake was assessed as the worst in this region over the last 200 years.

How big is Haiti 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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