Quality of Life Comparison


If you lived in Micronesia, Federated States of instead of French Polynesia, you would:


live 4.3 years less

In French Polynesia, the average life expectancy is 77 years (75 years for men, 80 years for women). In Micronesia, Federated States of, that number is 73 years (71 years for men, 75 years for women).


be 25.7% less likely to be unemployed

In French Polynesia, 21.8% of adults are unemployed. In Micronesia, Federated States of, that number is 16.2%.

make 80.0% less money

French Polynesia has a GDP per capita of $17,000, while in Micronesia, Federated States of, the GDP per capita is $3,400.

be 35.5% more likely to be live below the poverty line

In French Polynesia, 19.7% live below the poverty line. In Micronesia, Federated States of, however, that number is 26.7%.


have 35.1% more children

In French Polynesia, there are approximately 14.8 babies per 1,000 people. In Micronesia, Federated States of, there are 20.0 babies per 1,000 people.

be 4.3 times more likely to die during infancy

In French Polynesia, approximately 4.6 children die before they reach the age of one. In Micronesia, Federated States of, on the other hand, 19.8 children do.

Basic Needs

be 53.9% less likely to have internet access

In French Polynesia, approximately 68.4% of the population has internet access. In Micronesia, Federated States of, about 31.5% do.

be 11.0% 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 Micronesia, Federated States of, that number is 89% of people on average (95% in urban areas, and 87% in rural areas).


see 2.4 times more coastline

French Polynesia has a total of 2,525 km of coastline. In Micronesia, Federated States of, that number is 6,112 km.

Micronesia, Federated States of: At a glance

Micronesia, Federated States of is a sovereign country in Australia-Oceania, with a total land area of approximately 702 sq km. The Caroline Islands are a widely scattered archipelago in the western Pacific Ocean; they became part of a UN Trust Territory under US administration following World War II. The eastern four island groups adopted a constitution in 1979 and chose to become the Federated States of Micronesia. (The fifth, westernmost island group became Palau.) Independence came in 1986 under a Compact of Free Association with the US, which was amended and renewed in 2004. Present concerns include large-scale unemployment, overfishing, and overdependence on US aid.

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The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook.


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