Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 21.1 years longer


In Lesotho, the average life expectancy is 53 years (53 years for men, 53 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 3.3 times more likely to be obese


In Lesotho, 16.6% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Palau, that number is 55.3% of people as of 2016.

Economy

make 4.5 times more money


Lesotho has a GDP per capita of $3,300 as of 2017, while in Palau, the GDP per capita is $14,700 as of 2017.

be 94.0% less likely to be unemployed


In Lesotho, 28.1% of adults are unemployed as of 2014. In Palau, that number is 1.7% as of 2015.

be 56.3% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Lesotho, 57.0% live below the poverty line as of 2016. In Palau, however, that number is 24.9% as of 2006.

Life

be 21.7% more likely to be literate


In Lesotho, the literacy rate is 79.4% as of 2015. In Palau, it is 96.6% as of 2015.

be 76.4% less likely to die during infancy


In Lesotho, approximately 41.5 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 51.3% fewer children


In Lesotho, there are approximately 23.2 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 3.3 times more likely to have access to electricity


In Lesotho, approximately 30% of people have electricity access (66% in urban areas, and 16% 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 24.1% more likely to have internet access


In Lesotho, approximately 29.0% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Palau, about 36.0% do as of 2016.

be 27.9% more likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Lesotho, approximately 78% of people have improved drinking water access (93% in urban areas, and 72% 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.

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 Lesotho? 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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