Quality of Life Comparison


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


live 4.5 years less

In Malta, the average life expectancy is 80 years (78 years for men, 83 years for women). In Cook Islands, that number is 76 years (73 years for men, 79 years for women).

be 93.4% more likely to be obese

In Malta, 28.9% of adults are obese. In Cook Islands, that number is 55.9% of people.


make 60.2% less money

Malta has a GDP per capita of $42,000, while in Cook Islands, the GDP per capita is $16,700.

be 3.0 times more likely to be unemployed

In Malta, 4.4% of adults are unemployed. In Cook Islands, that number is 13.1%.


have 38.6% more children

In Malta, there are approximately 10.1 babies per 1,000 people. In Cook Islands, there are 14.0 babies per 1,000 people.

be 3.7 times more likely to die during infancy

In Malta, approximately 3.5 children die before they reach the age of one. In Cook Islands, on the other hand, 13.0 children do.

Basic Needs

be 30.1% less likely to have internet access

In Malta, approximately 77.3% of the population has internet access. In Cook Islands, about 54.0% do.


spend 34.7% less on education

Malta spends 7.2% of its total GDP on education. Cook Islands spends 4.7% of total GDP on education.

spend 64.9% less on healthcare

Malta spends 9.7% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Cook Islands, that number is 3.4% of GDP.


see 39.0% less coastline

Malta has a total of 197 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 Malta? 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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