Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 25.3 years less


In French Polynesia, the average life expectancy is 77 years (75 years for men, 80 years for women). In Swaziland, that number is 52 years (53 years for men, 52 years for women).

Economy

make 41.8% less money


French Polynesia has a GDP per capita of $17,000, while in Swaziland, the GDP per capita is $9,900.

be 28.4% more likely to be unemployed


In French Polynesia, 21.8% of adults are unemployed. In Swaziland, that number is 28.0%.

be 3.2 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In French Polynesia, 19.7% live below the poverty line. In Swaziland, however, that number is 63.0%.

Life

have 62.2% more children


In French Polynesia, there are approximately 14.8 babies per 1,000 people. In Swaziland, there are 24.0 babies per 1,000 people.

be 10.5 times more likely to die during infancy


In French Polynesia, approximately 4.6 children die before they reach the age of one. In Swaziland, on the other hand, 48.4 children do.

Basic Needs

be 54.2% 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 Swaziland, that number is 27% of people on average (40% in urban areas, and 24% in rural areas).

be 58.2% less likely to have internet access


In French Polynesia, approximately 68.4% of the population has internet access. In Swaziland, about 28.6% do.

be 25.9% 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 Swaziland, that number is 74% of people on average (94% in urban areas, and 69% in rural areas).

Swaziland: At a glance

Swaziland is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 17,204 sq km. Autonomy for the Swazis of southern Africa was guaranteed by the British in the late 19th century; independence was granted in 1968. Student and labor unrest during the 1990s pressured King MSWATI III, Africa's last absolute monarch, to grudgingly allow political reform and greater democracy, although he has backslid on these promises in recent years. A constitution came into effect in 2006, but the legal status of political parties remains unclear. The African United Democratic Party tried unsuccessfully to register as an official political party in mid 2006. Talks over the constitution broke down between the government and progressive groups in 2007. Swaziland recently surpassed Botswana as the country with the world's highest known HIV/AIDS prevalence rate.

How big is Swaziland 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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