Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 4.5 years longer


In French Polynesia, the average life expectancy is 77 years (75 years for men, 80 years for women). In Norway, that number is 82 years (80 years for men, 84 years for women).

Economy

make 4.2 times more money


French Polynesia has a GDP per capita of $17,000, while in Norway, the GDP per capita is $71,800.

be 81.7% less likely to be unemployed


In French Polynesia, 21.8% of adults are unemployed. In Norway, that number is 4.0%.

Life

be 45.7% less likely to die during infancy


In French Polynesia, approximately 4.6 children die before they reach the age of one. In Norway, on the other hand, 2.5 children do.

have 17.6% less children


In French Polynesia, there are approximately 14.8 babies per 1,000 people. In Norway, there are 12.2 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 Norway, 100% of the population do.

be 42.3% more likely to have internet access


In French Polynesia, approximately 68.4% of the population has internet access. In Norway, about 97.3% do.

Geography

see 10.0 times more coastline


French Polynesia has a total of 2,525 km of coastline. In Norway, that number is 25,148 km.

Norway: At a glance

Norway is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 304,282 sq km. Two centuries of Viking raids into Europe tapered off following the adoption of Christianity by King Olav TRYGGVASON in 994. Conversion of the Norwegian kingdom occurred over the next several decades. In 1397, Norway was absorbed into a union with Denmark that lasted more than four centuries. In 1814, Norwegians resisted the cession of their country to Sweden and adopted a new constitution. Sweden then invaded Norway but agreed to let Norway keep its constitution in return for accepting the union under a Swedish king. Rising nationalism throughout the 19th century led to a 1905 referendum granting Norway independence. Although Norway remained neutral in World War I, it suffered heavy losses to its shipping. Norway proclaimed its neutrality at the outset of World War II, but was nonetheless occupied for five years by Nazi Germany (1940-45). In 1949, neutrality was abandoned and Norway became a member of NATO. Discovery of oil and gas in adjacent waters in the late 1960s boosted Norway's economic fortunes. In referenda held in 1972 and 1994, Norway rejected joining the EU. Key domestic issues include immigration and integration of ethnic minorities, maintaining the country's extensive social safety net with an aging population, and preserving economic competitiveness.

How big is Norway 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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