Quality of life comparison
If you lived in Palau instead of Lesotho, you would:
live 15.1 years longer
In Lesotho, the average life expectancy is 60 years (58 years for men, 62 years for women) as of 2022. In Palau, that number is 75 years (71 years for men, 78 years for women) as of 2022.
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.
make 7.7 times more money
Lesotho has a GDP per capita of $2,300 as of 2020, while in Palau, the GDP per capita is $17,600 as of 2019.
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 49.9% less likely to live below the poverty line
In Lesotho, 49.7% live below the poverty line as of 2017. In Palau, however, that number is 24.9% as of 2006.
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 76.7% less likely to die during infancy
In Lesotho, approximately 48.4 children (per 1,000 live births) die before they reach the age of one as of 2022. In Palau, on the other hand, 11.3 children do as of 2022.
have 50.2% fewer children
In Lesotho, there are approximately 23.1 babies per 1,000 people as of 2022. In Palau, there are 11.5 babies per 1,000 people as of 2022.
be 2.8 times more likely to have access to electricity
In Lesotho, approximately 36% of people have electricity access (63% in urban areas, and 26% in rural areas) as of 2019. In Palau, that number is 100% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 97% in rural areas) as of 2018.
be 20.7% more likely to have access to improved drinking water
In Lesotho, approximately 83% of people have improved drinking water access (96% in urban areas, and 77% in rural areas) as of 2020. In Palau, that number is 100% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas) as of 2020.
be 16.3% less likely to have internet access
In Lesotho, approximately 43.0% of the population has internet access as of 2020. In Palau, about 36.0% do as of 2016.
spend 34.5% more on healthcare
Lesotho spends 11.3% of its total GDP on healthcare as of 2019. In Palau, that number is 15.2% of GDP as of 2019.
The statistics above were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook.
Palau: At a glance
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