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 77 years (75 years for men, 80 years for women). In Papua New Guinea, that number is 67 years (65 years for men, 70 years for women).

Economy

be 88.5% less likely to be unemployed


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

make 78.2% less money


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

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


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

Life

have 60.1% more children


In French Polynesia, there are approximately 14.8 babies per 1,000 people. In Papua New Guinea, there are 23.7 babies per 1,000 people.

be 7.9 times more likely to die during infancy


In French Polynesia, approximately 4.6 children die before they reach the age of one. In Papua New Guinea, on the other hand, 36.3 children do.

Basic Needs

be 69.5% 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 Papua New Guinea, that number is 18% of people on average (72% in urban areas, and 10% in rural areas).

be 86.0% less likely to have internet access


In French Polynesia, approximately 68.4% of the population has internet access. In Papua New Guinea, about 9.6% do.

be 60.0% 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 Papua New Guinea, that number is 40% of people on average (88% in urban areas, and 33% in rural areas).

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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