Quality of Life Comparison


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


live 8.9 years less

In Italy, the average life expectancy is 82 years (80 years for men, 85 years for women). In Palau, that number is 73 years (70 years for men, 77 years for women).

be 2.8 times more likely to be obese

In Italy, 19.9% of adults are obese. In Palau, that number is 55.3% of people.


be 84.7% less likely to be unemployed

In Italy, 11.1% of adults are unemployed. In Palau, that number is 1.7%.

make 57.5% less money

Italy has a GDP per capita of $38,100, while in Palau, the GDP per capita is $16,200.


have 31.4% more children

In Italy, there are approximately 8.6 babies per 1,000 people. In Palau, there are 11.3 babies per 1,000 people.

be 3.2 times more likely to die during infancy

In Italy, approximately 3.3 children die before they reach the age of one. In Palau, on the other hand, 10.6 children do.

Basic Needs

be 41.0% less likely to have access to electricity

In Italy, 100% of the population has electricity access. In Palau, 59% of the population do.

be 41.3% less likely to have internet access

In Italy, approximately 61.3% of the population has internet access. In Palau, about 36.0% do.


see 80.0% less coastline

Italy has a total of 7,600 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 Italy? 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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