Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 1.9 years less


In India, the average life expectancy is 70 years (68 years for men, 71 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.

be 5.5 times more likely to be obese


In India, 3.9% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Papua New Guinea, that number is 21.3% of people as of 2016.

Economy

be 70.6% less likely to be unemployed


In India, 8.5% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Papua New Guinea, that number is 2.5% as of 2017.

make 48.6% less money


India has a GDP per capita of $7,200 as of 2017, while in Papua New Guinea, the GDP per capita is $3,700 as of 2017.

be 68.9% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In India, 21.9% live below the poverty line as of 2011. In Papua New Guinea, however, that number is 37.0% as of 2002.

pay a 18.2% higher top tax rate


India has a top tax rate of 35.5% as of 2016. In Papua New Guinea, the top tax rate is 42.0% as of 2016.

Life

have 23.6% more children


In India, there are approximately 18.2 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 13.7% less likely to be literate


In India, the literacy rate is 74.4% as of 2018. In Papua New Guinea, it is 64.2% as of 2015.

Basic Needs

be 72.9% less likely to have access to electricity


In India, approximately 84% of people have electricity access (98% in urban areas, and 78% in rural areas) as of 2017. In Papua New Guinea, that number is 23% of people on average (73% in urban areas, and 16% in rural areas) as of 2016.

be 67.5% less likely to have internet access


In India, approximately 34.5% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Papua New Guinea, about 11.2% do as of 2018.

be 53.6% less likely to have access to improved drinking water


In India, approximately 93% of people have improved drinking water access (96% in urban areas, and 91% in rural areas) as of 2017. In Papua New Guinea, that number is 43% of people on average (89% in urban areas, and 36% in rural areas) as of 2017.

Geography

see 26.4% less coastline


India has a total of 7,000 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 India? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Internal Revenue Commission, Papua New Guinea, Ministry of Finance, Government of India.

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