Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Palau instead of Ghana, you would:

Health

live 5.9 years longer


In Ghana, the average life expectancy is 68 years (66 years for men, 71 years for women) as of 2020. In Palau, that number is 74 years (71 years for men, 78 years for women) as of 2020.

be 5.1 times more likely to be obese


In Ghana, 10.9% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Palau, that number is 55.3% of people as of 2016.

Economy

make 3.1 times more money


Ghana has a GDP per capita of $4,700 as of 2017, while in Palau, the GDP per capita is $14,700 as of 2017.

be 85.7% less likely to be unemployed


In Ghana, 11.9% of adults are unemployed as of 2015. In Palau, that number is 1.7% as of 2015.

Life

be 26.1% more likely to be literate


In Ghana, the literacy rate is 76.6% as of 2015. In Palau, it is 96.6% as of 2015.

be 69.5% less likely to die during infancy


In Ghana, approximately 32.1 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Palau, on the other hand, 9.8 children do as of 2020.

have 61.8% fewer children


In Ghana, there are approximately 29.6 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Palau, there are 11.3 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 25.2% more likely to have access to electricity


In Ghana, approximately 79% of people have electricity access (90% in urban areas, and 67% in rural areas) as of 2017. In Palau, that number is 99% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 97% in rural areas) as of 2016.

be 11.2% more likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Ghana, approximately 90% of people have improved drinking water access (97% in urban areas, and 81% in rural areas) as of 2017. In Palau, that number is 100% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas) as of 2017.

Geography

see 2.8 times more coastline


Ghana has a total of 539 km of coastline. In Palau, that number is 1,519 km.

Palau: At a glance

Palau is a sovereign country in Australia-Oceania, with a total land area of approximately 459 sq km. After three decades as part of the UN Trust Territory of the Pacific under US administration, this westernmost cluster of the Caroline Islands opted for independence in 1978 rather than join the Federated States of Micronesia. A Compact of Free Association with the US was approved in 1986 but not ratified until 1993. It entered into force the following year when the islands gained independence.

How big is Palau compared to Ghana? 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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