Quality of life comparison
If you lived in South Africa instead of French Polynesia, you would:
live 13.1 years less
In French Polynesia, the average life expectancy is 78 years (76 years for men, 80 years for women) as of 2020. In South Africa, that number is 65 years (63 years for men, 66 years for women) as of 2020.
be 15.7% less likely to live below the poverty line
In French Polynesia, 19.7% live below the poverty line as of 2009. In South Africa, however, that number is 16.6% as of 2016.
make 20.0% less money
French Polynesia has a GDP per capita of $17,000 as of 2015, while in South Africa, the GDP per capita is $13,600 as of 2017.
be 26.1% more likely to be unemployed
In French Polynesia, 21.8% of adults are unemployed as of 2012. In South Africa, that number is 27.5% as of 2017.
have 37.1% more children
In French Polynesia, there are approximately 14.0 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In South Africa, there are 19.2 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.
be 6.2 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 South Africa, on the other hand, 27.8 children do as of 2020.
be 15.8% less likely to have access to electricity
In French Polynesia, approximately 100% of the population has electricity access as of 2016. In South Africa, 84% of the population do as of 2017.
be 22.7% less likely to have internet access
In French Polynesia, approximately 72.7% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In South Africa, about 56.2% do as of 2018.
see 10.8% more coastline
French Polynesia has a total of 2,525 km of coastline. In South Africa, that number is 2,798 km.
The statistics above were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook.
South Africa: At a glance
How big is South Africa compared to French Polynesia? See an in-depth size comparison.