Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 10.1 years less


In French Polynesia, the average life expectancy is 78 years (76 years for men, 80 years for women) as of 2020. In Papua New Guinea, that number is 68 years (66 years for men, 70 years for women) as of 2020.

Economy

be 88.5% less likely to be unemployed


In French Polynesia, 21.8% of adults are unemployed as of 2012. In Papua New Guinea, that number is 2.5% as of 2017.

make 78.2% less money


French Polynesia has a GDP per capita of $17,000 as of 2015, while in Papua New Guinea, the GDP per capita is $3,700 as of 2017.

be 87.8% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In French Polynesia, 19.7% live below the poverty line as of 2009. In Papua New Guinea, however, that number is 37.0% as of 2002.

Life

have 60.7% more children


In French Polynesia, there are approximately 14.0 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Papua New Guinea, there are 22.5 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

be 7.4 times more likely to die during infancy


In French Polynesia, approximately 4.5 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Papua New Guinea, on the other hand, 33.2 children do as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 77.1% less likely to have access to electricity


In French Polynesia, approximately 100% of the population has electricity access as of 2016. In Papua New Guinea, 23% of the population do as of 2016.

be 84.6% less likely to have internet access


In French Polynesia, approximately 72.7% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Papua New Guinea, about 11.2% do as of 2018.

be 57.0% less likely to have access to improved drinking water


In French Polynesia, approximately 100% of people have improved drinking water access as of 2017. In Papua New Guinea, 43% of people do as of 2017.

Geography

see 2.0 times more coastline


French Polynesia has a total of 2,525 km of coastline. In Papua New Guinea, that number is 5,152 km.

Papua New Guinea: At a glance

Papua New Guinea (sometimes abbreviated PNG) is a sovereign country in East/Southeast Asia, with a total land area of approximately 452,860 sq km. The eastern half of the island of New Guinea - second largest in the world - was divided between Germany (north) and the UK (south) in 1885. The latter area was transferred to Australia in 1902, which occupied the northern portion during World War I and continued to administer the combined areas until independence in 1975. A nine-year secessionist revolt on the island of Bougainville ended in 1997 after claiming some 20,000 lives.

How big is Papua New Guinea 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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