Quality of Life Comparison


If you lived in Cook Islands instead of Japan, you would:


live 9.3 years less

In Japan, the average life expectancy is 85 years (82 years for men, 89 years for women). In Cook Islands, that number is 76 years (73 years for men, 79 years for women).

be 13.0 times more likely to be obese

In Japan, 4.3% of adults are obese. In Cook Islands, that number is 55.9% of people.


make 61.0% less money

Japan has a GDP per capita of $42,800, while in Cook Islands, the GDP per capita is $16,700.

be 4.5 times more likely to be unemployed

In Japan, 2.9% of adults are unemployed. In Cook Islands, that number is 13.1%.


have 81.8% more children

In Japan, there are approximately 7.7 babies per 1,000 people. In Cook Islands, there are 14.0 babies per 1,000 people.

be 6.5 times more likely to die during infancy

In Japan, approximately 2.0 children die before they reach the age of one. In Cook Islands, on the other hand, 13.0 children do.

Basic Needs

be 41.3% less likely to have internet access

In Japan, approximately 92.0% of the population has internet access. In Cook Islands, about 54.0% do.


spend 66.7% less on healthcare

Japan spends 10.2% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Cook Islands, that number is 3.4% of GDP.

spend 30.6% more on education

Japan spends 3.6% of its total GDP on education. Cook Islands spends 4.7% of total GDP on education.


see 99.6% less coastline

Japan has a total of 29,751 km of coastline. In Cook Islands, that number is 120 km.

Cook Islands: At a glance

Cook Islands is a sovereign country in Australia-Oceania, with a total land area of approximately 236 sq km. Named after Captain COOK, who sighted them in 1770, the islands became a British protectorate in 1888. By 1900, administrative control was transferred to New Zealand; in 1965, residents chose self-government in free association with New Zealand. The emigration of skilled workers to New Zealand and government deficits are continuing problems.

How big is Cook Islands compared to Japan? 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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