Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in New Zealand instead of French Polynesia, you would:

Health

live 3.9 years longer


In French Polynesia, the average life expectancy is 77 years (75 years for men, 80 years for women). In New Zealand, that number is 81 years (79 years for men, 84 years for women).

Economy

make 2.3 times more money


French Polynesia has a GDP per capita of $17,000, while in New Zealand, the GDP per capita is $38,900.

be 77.5% less likely to be unemployed


In French Polynesia, 21.8% of adults are unemployed. In New Zealand, that number is 4.9%.

Life

have 10.8% less children


In French Polynesia, there are approximately 14.8 babies per 1,000 people. In New Zealand, there are 13.2 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 New Zealand, 100% of the population do.

be 29.4% more likely to have internet access


In French Polynesia, approximately 68.4% of the population has internet access. In New Zealand, about 88.5% do.

Geography

see 6.0 times more coastline


French Polynesia has a total of 2,525 km of coastline. In New Zealand, that number is 15,134 km.

New Zealand: At a glance

New Zealand (sometimes abbreviated NZ) is a sovereign country in Australia-Oceania, with a total land area of approximately 264,537 sq km. The Polynesian Maori reached New Zealand in about A.D. 800. In 1840, their chieftains entered into a compact with Britain, the Treaty of Waitangi, in which they ceded sovereignty to Queen Victoria while retaining territorial rights. That same year, the British began the first organized colonial settlement. A series of land wars between 1843 and 1872 ended with the defeat of the native peoples. The British colony of New Zealand became an independent dominion in 1907 and supported the UK militarily in both world wars. New Zealand's full participation in a number of defense alliances lapsed by the 1980s. In recent years, the government has sought to address longstanding Maori grievances.

How big is New Zealand 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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