Quality of Life Comparison


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


live 1.3 years less

In Latvia, the average life expectancy is 75 years (70 years for men, 80 years for women). In Palau, that number is 73 years (70 years for men, 77 years for women).

be 2.3 times more likely to be obese

In Latvia, 23.6% of adults are obese. In Palau, that number is 55.3% of people.


be 81.1% less likely to be unemployed

In Latvia, 9.0% of adults are unemployed. In Palau, that number is 1.7%.

make 41.3% less money

Latvia has a GDP per capita of $27,600, while in Palau, the GDP per capita is $16,200.


have 16.5% more children

In Latvia, there are approximately 9.7 babies per 1,000 people. In Palau, there are 11.3 babies per 1,000 people.

be 2.0 times more likely to die during infancy

In Latvia, approximately 5.2 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 Latvia, 100% of the population has electricity access. In Palau, 59% of the population do.

be 54.9% less likely to have internet access

In Latvia, approximately 79.9% of the population has internet access. In Palau, about 36.0% do.


spend 52.5% more on healthcare

Latvia spends 5.9% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Palau, that number is 9.0% of GDP.


see 3.1 times more coastline

Latvia has a total of 498 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 Latvia? 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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